This past Sunday Tomi and Tahmar Arayomi went live for another online Sunday service for The Rig: The Pioneers Church.
This weeks focus was around the theme entitled:
The Lazarus Project: For All Those Who Have Asked God, Why?
The Holy Spirit moved in indescribable ways as both Tomi and Tahmar began to un-peel layers of many of the heart issues that we can experience whilst on our journey with Christ. One of the main things that they spoke about was that "God loves you too much to show up too early."
Now what does that mean you might ask? Doesn't that go against the notion that God is always right on time? Or perhaps it means that God will just leave me for a period until it's the designated time?
On the contrary it actually doesn't mean either of them.
Instead Tomi and Tahmar explained that we often backslide too early because we're basing our decisions on scriptures that we have completely misinterpreted. For example, in Romans 8:28 (NIV) the scripture says:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Many people interpret that as God is working for "my" good i.e. He is ensuring that things are aligning so that the results can be good for me. However the scripture actually states that He is working for "the" good, not your good, but "the" overall good, for those who have been called according to "his" purpose, again not "your" purpose.
A simple example of this is the story of Joseph. A man who was sold into slavery, imprisoned but who ultimately ended up being the second most powerful man in Egypt and through him was able to ensure that the people didn't starve during a famine. His story reflects that things were not always "good" by any means, but things came together for "good" not specifically for him but in order for him to be a blessing to his brothers and once again, the people of Egypt.
Ultimately this goes to show that God will often leave us in the process, even when it hurts, even when it's uncomfortable and even when it feels like nothing "good" is coming out of it until the "good" that he had intended is exacted.
The good doesn't always feel good but it's FOR good and that supersedes all of our emotions and feelings, every single time.