The Aftershock

In last Friday’s post “Boom!”  I wrote about a revelation I had; an insight the Lord gave me.  Then there is the aftershock.  The aftershock of looking back at ALL of the things the Lord has prompted me to do that I have not done….ALL of the things I may have missed.  Oh no!  What to do now?  Have I completely blown it?  Is the Lord just shaking His head at me, waving me off and pronouncing me as a lost cause?  The devil would have me think so.   The devil will always try to steal our blessing, that’s his job.

If we worry about failing God we do not understand His mercy and grace.  2 Corinthians 12:9 ” And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’…”  Our worry is birthed through relying on our own strength in which we  will fail.   Our strength through our own self will can never be perfect.  It is only through sacrificing our will and our strength and relying on God that His grace is revealed.  Suddenly, His grace is revealed in everything….even the “aftershock”. 

The revelation the Lord gives us, the aftershock, is another step in our growing process.  This process is another bullseye for the enemy.  This is the juncture that we choose who we will glorify.  Do we run and hide out of shame?  Are we offended because of pride?  Are we embarrassed?  Who does pride and shame glorify?

On the other hand, are we thankful for the lesson?  After all we are seeking His wisdom and knowledge, right?  Are we then to judge how we receive it?  Are we seeking His wisdom and knowledge on our own terms?  Hebrews 12:6  “For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”  A loving parent teaches their children.  Some children learn quicker than others but the parents remain faithful and does not love them any less.  Knowing this, why are we so quick to restrict God’s faithfulness to us?  The Lord has been faithful to us from conception and has brought us to this point in our lives.  Missing it during the growing process is part of the growing process.  Missing it for lack of obedience once we have been taught will stump the growing process.  However, that does not mean the Lord has forsaken you.  It means He is being patient while you go back through the process.  It is not something to dread but something to rejoice in. 

The outcome of missing it can cause an aftershock once it is revealed.  The revelation of missing it is something to be thankful for once revealed.  Don’t miss your blessing by missing what “it” really is.   When we replace the word “it” with  “His grace” we receive the aftershock.  – Donna Warren #shaken

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