“We have this idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls then end.” Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest
Living in an outcome based society- these words of wisdom seem a startling contrast. But I have continually asked myself- what does God desire from me? What does He want most?
And the answer that seems to come to me is simply that I will continually dwell in His presence. That I daily find joy in communion with Him- celebrate who He is- delight in His power and mercy- joyfully sing His praises for all to hear.
That my life would be a testimony of who He is and all that He has done. Pointing others to our glorious God and Savior.
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.
How we respond to all that happens in this life is evidence of our faith and communion with God- or highlights our own doubts.
“Unless we can look the darkest, blackest fact full in the face without damaging God’s character, we do not yet know Him.” Oswald Chambers
Faith comes through trials. But we do not have to walk through them alone. God longs to enter into each moment with us.
To sustain us, to calm us- to uphold and strengthen us.
James 4:10-Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
But we must rest in our utter helplessness and dependency on Him. In humility we must approach Him daily seeking what we need moment to moment to live in obedience to His will.
This requires waiting.
Seeking Him- reading His Word. Prayer.
He calls us out of the race of life- of seeking the desired ends.
The if only’s of life. If only I had this job, If only we had this much money, if only we lived closer to family, if only I had a…
Whatever we are chasing…
Whatever we think will satisfy that longing within us…
Only God. We are chasing after the wind- spending our whole lives missing out on what is right in front of us.
Invite God in. Right now. Stop what you are doing and pray to Him.
Seek Him when you are talking to someone.
Pray to Him when you do the dishes or clean the floors.
Thank Him as you hug your child.
Honor Him as you work diligently at your job.
Talk to your neighbor about Him.
Invite someone to dinner and tell them what God has been doing in your life.
I don’t know how I missed it for so many years. God just wants to be with us. To be a part of our daily lives, to walk with us.
When we don’t talk to him for days or weeks- well, imagine Him like a Dad or close friend. He wants to know what’s going on with us, how we are feeling, what we are struggling with, the joys we are experiencing.
He wants us to be honest and open with Him.
God wants our heart- He wants us.
Sometimes it requires that we step out in faith into the unknown. That we leave our safety nets behind and let God alone be our sustaining grace.
Not money, not family, not our job or career, but only Him.
He may take away friends- that’s what He has done to me. And I have clung to and pursued Him like I never have in my life. And now, I regret the time I wasted chasing after other things- seeking other people for comfort before Him.
Oh how He comforts my aching heart and brings peace. But we can’t know it if we don’t seek it- and yearn for it.
Dear friends, I long for you to experience God more deeply and profoundly than you ever have in your life. For Him to move in your life circumstances with such power and authority- that you know it is Him.
Will you seek Him today? Just sit at His feet?
Take it day by day. There are still days when I reach the end, and I am lying in bed and I think- I haven’t talked to God almost all day.
So I pray, and ask forgiveness- and try again. Because I want Him with me- I want to change and learn to invite Him in more- to pray with others more- to seek Him throughout my day.
I don’t want to live this life without Him. I love who I am when He is near-when I feel His Holy Spirit leading and guiding me.
Invite Him in today.
Oh Lord, in so many ways we have not changed. Just like the Israelites, we are a forgetful people. And we are so quick to doubt your goodness when things get rough. You are faithful, you are good, and when we seek you with our whole heart- how you change us and reveal yourself in mighty ways. It is humbling to recognize all the peace and joy I have missed by failing simply to rest in you- to trust you. To ride through the storm clinging to you and knowing that wherever it leads- as long as you are there- I will be secure. God, I long to live my days giving glory and honor to You. Never forgetting my Creator and Savior- but seeing everything in my life through the lens of your grace at work in me. Transform me as I seek you. I love you- my Savior and my King. In Jesus Name, Amen.
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