When I come to the Lord’s table each morning, I have found a feast that satisfies like no other.
He gives us food for our souls that sustains far beyond a meager earthly meal.
Anticipating what will satisfy the needs of each hour, the Lord always seems to know the words I need to hear- whether they be reproof or encouragement, discipline or exhortation- they are always delivered with love that knows me completely.
And as I sat down to the feast of 1 Peter this morning, and lingered in the gospel of Matthew, I was reminded once again of how tenderly the Lord cares for us.
This amazing mystery of how he speaks to us in so many ways- through circumstances, people, his Word, prayer…and sometimes those repeated messages come one after another- one verse, one theme- and we know that this word is for us.
Our amazing Creator God takes the time to lovingly speak into our present situation- with all its joys and challenges- he reminds us that he is sovereign and always working. Like in Esther- he uses all things. Even when his Name is not mentioned, his fingerprint is all over it. We see how he works through even the most mundane and seemingly unimportant circumstances to bring about his perfect will.
I feel as though I only catch a small glimpse of the depth of what this means, and yet it makes my heart leap for joy in my chest. Knowing that He will lead and guide– that He has a plan and purpose and doesn’t want to shroud it in mystery but eagerly wants to reveal things to me.
But I must seek Him. Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be satisfied. Those who know they are poor in spirit- in need of a Savior.
So many things in our lives have not worked out the way that I would have planned. I am so thankful! The unexpected tapestry of events that the Lord has weaved surpasses any mundane plan that would have crossed my mind. I love how He works in our lives!
It is not easy my friends, and still I am challenged and stretched in so many ways. There are areas I still need to surrender to the Lord, habits that need to change- and yet even in the midst of my brokenness I see Him working in me, and I am overwhelmed with thankfulness.
There is nothing more critical than seeking God daily- inviting him into this life and not only “consulting” with Him but truly taking his yoke upon us. It requires a surrender and yielding of our rights and expectations for this life. This has been hard for me to let go of- I am still struggling- but I see those little glimpses of how God blesses when we let go of what we want and instead reach eagerly for His will for us. I want more of that!!
Taped up to my computer, I have a small note card. It says, “I am yielded to God. All my rights and expectations are his.”
It also has the verse Romans 6:13:
No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.
Each day is an opportunity to actively submit to the will of God, moment by moment, and shun evil and sin- to recognize it for what it is- and choose instead to trust in our Savior.
Presenting every part of our body before him, let us surrender today to his yoke and his will-to his perfect plan- determined to actively pursue him- pursue righteousness.
Romans 12:1-2 comes to mind as I write.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
In response to all that God has done for us, I pray and hope that today I might surrender more fully to his perfect will. As we come to his table in worship, may we hunger for more of Him, eat, and be satisfied.
Precious Lord, you know how these words pierce me and come out as a battle cry with tears of sorrow and joy intermingled. Memories filter through my mind of times when I have fought and times when I have failed and your mercy and grace covers all. You have always been faithful. You have always loved me, and you always will. Your Word is essential. It breathes life in us, gives us strength for the tasks you have called us to, helps us avoid being deceived. Give us a burning hunger for you; may we only find rest in what you tell to our longing hearts. Show us where we are being deceived, so that we may more fervently love and obey you. Blessed be your Name in all the earth. You are our King, our Creator, our friend. You have sought us out to rescue and redeem us- even when we were lost in sin. O Lord, how great is your love for us! Thank you, all praise and honor to your holy Name. Amen.