After writing yesterday’s post, I was overwhelmed by not only enormous support, but a love that just reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I said to my friend, Sharon, “Somebody raise the rod already!” In other words, I’m ready for my Red Sea to part….like yesterday.
So, what do we do in the meantime? What does trusting God look like? I’ve always liked the scripture, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted it to myself and even to others. Truth be told – it sounds good. But, for a girl like me who gets ants in her pants often, it’s a tough one to swallow, really. To be still is to trust Him. His timing just isn’t always ours.
Joyce Meyer says this about trusting God:
“As we continuously mature in the Christian life, we learn to believe for things not NOW but in God’s perfect timing. Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ We can always have faith now, but we cannot always have the manifestation now. Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it. We always say, ‘God is never late,’ but He is generally not early either. Why? Because He uses those opportunities to stretch our faith in Him, and we grow during times of waiting.”
Amen, Sister Joyce.
This lady reminded me yesterday how important it is to listen to His voice. “My sheep know my voice.” John 10:27 Kitty said that “God continues to call us closer to Him. ‘Search me O’ God…and know my heart.’” That’s what I need to do in the meantime….and every day.
And, as for my comment yesterday on the righteous, and how “I hope I fit into that category”, this lady was precious to make sure that I remember that “we are not made righteous by our own goodness but by the blood of Christ!!!” Can I get an Amen? So, I want to make sure you all know that, too. Otherwise, it is all works. Thank Jesus for His grace.
Since I have a difficult time sitting still, I’m going to use this time to feed my spirit. I’m going pray. I’m going to serve. I’m going to LISTEN to His voice. I’m going to read His Word daily. I’m going to read other life-giving books. I’m currently reading “When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In the Box” by John Ortberg. Good read so far. Up next on the reading list is “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God” by Francis Chan.
I want to live with a crazy love for Jesus. I want to live like a Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who not only had such a trust in God – and such a crazy love for Him – that they could proclaim before being tossed in a fiery furnace that even if God didn’t deliver them, they still would not bow.
That’s good stuff. And, the really cool part is that God did deliver the three young men. And, He still does. He is the same yesterday, today, and so on and so forth.
So, in the meantime, I’m going to trust in Him, and pursue Him, because I know He is pursuing me.
How are you feeding your spirit right now?