When God doesn't do what we want

Gregory Bishop
(Audio: Spanish)

SUMMARY: The Christian life is full of surprises, both good and bad. The story of Joseph in Genesis 48 shows how God can surprise us with unexpected blessings, like when Jacob blessed Joseph's younger son Ephraim instead of his older son Manasseh. Joseph protested, but Jacob knew what he was doing and said that Ephraim would be greater. We must trust that God has a plan for our lives, even when we don't understand it at the time. The Apostle Paul also experienced a thorn in the flesh, but learned that God's grace is enough in our weakness. We must trust in God's plan and His surprises.

God sometimes scandalizes us by asking us to do things we wouldn't want to do, by being too merciful to people we don't think deserve it, by having judgments that seem too strong, or by doing things in unexpected ways. We may not always understand why God does what He does, but we can trust in His holiness and wisdom. Sometimes our biggest scandals come from the tests and trials we face, but we can find comfort in God's grace and power. The story of Job reminds us that we may not always get answers to our suffering, but we can trust in God's goodness and sovereignty.

The speaker discusses the struggles and suffering that people face in life, citing the story of Job from the Bible as an example. He encourages listeners to trust in God even when things don't make sense, and to submit to His will. He also mentions the story of Abraham and how he learned to trust in God's ways, even when they seemed crazy. The speaker concludes with a prayer for peace, joy, and renewed faith in God's power.

Let's go to the book of John, Chapter 13 and I would like to start by asking a question, if at some point in your life you have experienced things in a way that you would not have expected or perhaps would not have wanted, that you would not have preferred and God had some surprises for you?

Today we are going to talk about that, because the Christian life is a life full of surprises and some are nice surprises, and some are surprises that we would not have asked for, but they are good surprises in the end. So we're going to read the book of John 13, but first I want to share a very brief testimony.

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