Thursday, July 9, 2009

Not on my agenda, Not what I ordered

When things seem out of joint, we must always examine ourselves carefully
and make sure that we have not run ahead of God.
If we are abiding in Him and in His plans,
not ours,
even when thing are not working out,
they are working out.
The problem happens when we pursue our desires
instead of pursuing Him,
and when we invite God to join our plans
and fit Him in the cracks
instead of letting Him direct our paths.
“I want this,” we cry at the first thing we see.
And we hold on with a death grip with both hands
and dig in our heels.
And oh, what could have been
if we had waited and listened.
God’s Will may not be what we want.
But it is always the best,
even when we cannot comprehend.
We want Him to show us the reason first
as if it is up to us to judge it
worthy of our submission.
Stop asking God why
roll up your sleeves,
and start asking Him what.
Stop seeking the answer,
and seek Him alone.
This is when the evidence of God
moves beyond the incremental depth of Sunday School lessons
to the cavernous reaches of the heart.
A relationship with God is as personal as it gets.
And it will cost everything.
Everything must go on the altar.
Cling only to Him.
He is not a part of your life,
but life itself.
That which drives you.
That on which you stake your life.

And that is why it is so absolutely vital
to stay daily in His Word.
Get to where nothing can throw you
because Christ is at your very core.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might
He increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted,
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40. 28-31
Press On!

1 comment:

nicole said...

this post is so GOOD! it reminds me of last tuesday: on my way to miami last week, (i found out, when i arrived at the airport, that) my flight was delayed out of memphis and on time out of atlanta. certain that i was not going to make my connection, i planned and schemed to have a place to stay and a ride back to the airport in atlanta. the Lord had other plans and i made my connection with a few minutes to spare (it was His miracle). i never prayed.....i should have, but i learned something about Him and myself. 'hope i'll get it right next time.