Christian Disguises

The words below are the lyrics to a song titled Blessings by Laura Story. The song is getting a lot of airplay on the Christian pop station in the Fort Worth, Texas area where I live; likely all over the USA.

The song is a beautiful song and, of course, is popular with a lot of Christian women right now. But I’m reprinting the lyrics here for more than just that. The lyrics contain a lot of theology regarding the sovereignty of God.

Read the lyrics to the song below and as you do, think about the words and see if you really believe what they say about God’s character. I’ll comment below.

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It’s not our home

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

As I’ve stated in entries elsewhere on this blog, one of the most wonderful things God has done for me is open my eyes to come to understand His sovereignty in all things. Believing in God’s sovereignty is the basis of true faith in God.

For instance, if you have a sick child and you’re one who believes that the Bible teaches that if you can only come to believe hard enough, if you can only muster up enough faith within yourself that God will heal your child then He’ll do what you ask. The problem with that theology is that God is actually being moved by you.

The truth is, we are incapable of even knowing what God’s will is outside of His Holy Spirit opening our eyes. We are completely incapable, due to our depraved sinful nature, of even submitting to God’s will or His grace unless His Spirit moves us to do so. God is sovereign in ALL things and it’s a theme taught throughout the entirety of Scripture.

I recap this because I wonder how many people singing along with these words on their morning commute REALLY believe in the sovereignty of God? I can know with reasonable certainty that if I was to ask any of the Christians I know if God was sovereign, they would say “Yes, definitely.” I gotta say, however, they don’t live or pray like they believe it. It’s evident in the way they speak about God in their daily lives.

Look at the first paragraph of the song:

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things

Do we ever really stop and think about the deeper meaning of our prayers? For instance, what if God really was to give us that job we’ve been praying for before we’re ready to lead? What would that do for our careers? It could ruin us, but we think because we didn’t get that job we desired that God didn’t come through or we didn’t have enough faith. All along it could’ve been because God is a good Father and He knows what we need.

What about that relationship that’s gone sour? What if we’ve prayed and prayed doing everything we can to muster up enough faith for God to answer our prayers for restoration? What if, however, God loves you too much to see your spirit sucked dry by someone who God never intended you to be yoked together with in the first place?

Now read this paragraph:

Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise.

Is it possible we’ve spent so long praying to God, crying out to Him for relief that we’ve actually forgotten the real goal? Have we cried out to God for years and years to heal our sick child when all along what God really wants is to hear your thanks for what you have? What if the pain and anguish you’ve been going through was put there by God so you’d finally lay it all aside and cry tears of thanksgiving for His grace? Because after all, because of our sinfulness and rebellion, did we really deserve the love of even a sick child? Is it possible the book of Job, Hebrews 12, and James 1 in the Bible could be true in spite of what the famous Christian televangelist might be telling you otherwise?

And finally:

What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

What if there’s more to everything we see? What if God is so gracious and He loves us so much that His ultimate goal is to prepare us for eternity? What if His ultimate goal, as Hebrews 12 states, is that He loves us so much that he wants nothing more than to clean the sinful lusts of this world from our lives so we’re devoted enough to Him that we’re willing to lay this life down for Him?

History records that 11 of Jesus 12 disciples were martyred for preaching the Gospel. The apostle Paul was also. It is my sincere belief that at least once each of these apostles asked God to take their suffering away. What if God had answered their prayers? Why didn’t God answer their prayers? Did Paul lose his head because he didn’t have enough faith? Was peter crucified upside down because he didn’t pay his tithes? The answer, of course, is “no”.

God was sovereignly preparing each of these men for something greater in eternity. Even now, because of the trials in your life, God may be preparing you for something greater in eternity. Notice I said “eternity”. You may lose everything here on this earth, including your very life.

But, as the song says above:

And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise

What if God might love you so much that His unanswered prayers are actually His mercies in disguise?

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3 responses to “Christian Disguises

  1. silentmindstorm

    This is certainly a timely post, as recent years have seen so many of us struggle with job loss and circumstances beyond our control.

    I think most of us expect God to answer our prayers (at the very least) in the form of providing a deadline–a time and date when our current troubles will end–so that we can have something in this world to look forward to. (To borrow a phrase, “The waiting is the hardest part.”) The problem with this being that we are looking for reward *in this world.*

    We need an occasional reminder like your message…that regardless how much time it takes, and regardless of whether we feel His presence, God is in control and never leaves us. It is we who frequently take leave from God.

    • Looking back over the last few years I’m amazed how many people I personally know, including myself, whose trust in God has been sidetracked because He failed to “come through” for them.

      I often thank God now that he didn’t answer some of my prayers by giving me what I wanted. It’s the age old mistrust of God’ character being subtly planted in our minds just like Adams’s in the Garden.

  2. I was googling the lyrics to post on my blog and came across yours. Nice post.

    I tell my children that God always hears and answers prayers but it may be yes, no, or later. I certainly wouldn’t want their faith to waver later because they don’t get what *they* want and for them to trust God.

    Blessings,
    Beth

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