Our heavenly Father, through Christ, has given His children the amazing gift of grace with zero strings, yet we seem inclined to try and fulfill some sense of duty or obligation. No strings. If God had wanted puppets, He wouldn’t have given us free will. Yes, He wants our obedience, but not without our hearts. Obedience without love is simply law.
God had chosen me, just like He’s chosen you. He’s given me a heart to know Him, and that heart will never be truly satisfied by anything else. And neither will yours. Now sometimes this getting to know Him phase can be a bit like slow molasses. We might be a little stubborn in coming around… but God, who created our hearts, knows our hearts. He knows his chosen will return to Him, and not half-heartedly for an hour or so on Sunday mornings, but “with their whole heart.”
Next time you’re feeling a bit withered, you might think of yourself trying to grow a fig out of your fingertip and have a good laugh. Then remember Who you’re rooted in—if you stick with the One who binds the brokenhearted, He’ll build you back up!
This brings so much hope to me when I hit a rough patch. We may be living in a world gone nuts, but God’s plans for His people are “to prosper, not to harm.” (Jer. 29:11) If we are inclined to believe anything God says, it should follow that we believe EVERYTHING He says. So we can trust that no matter how bad it may look to us, He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him… “for our own good.” Always.
Our loving God, who is above all things, has THE perspective… wouldn’t you agree? Try as we might, we will never truly understand or see anything clearly until we shift our focus to Jesus, rest in Him—relax and receive His revelation.
If your heart is with Him, you can rest in the knowledge that He already has everything figured out and if He wants something done (or not done), He will make it known. You don’t have to wonder if He will. The question is, will you?
With Jesus on first, we now have a whole new ballgame: What? and I Don’t Know are on the bench, replaced by Grace and Rest. And apparently, Jesus knows Will. We found him! And here’s the best part… Jesus is offering His knowledge and easy-yoke line-up to you.
We’ve been given free will of course, but as God’s children following the example of Jesus, we seek His will rather than our own (Matt. 26:39). Has determining God’s will for you ever felt a little like the Abbot & Costello comedy routine “Who’s on First?” Let’s say “I” am on first… that puts “What?” on second and “I Don’t Know” on third. Confusion abounds. But what if we try a new line up? What if we put Jesus on first?
I’ve come to believe that life is more about process than production, as much about the journey as the destination. If we live each day, abiding in Christ, who knows where He will take us? I have every assurance that it will surpass our wildest dreams… even the seemingly impossible ones.
When do you feel most alive? Admiring nature? Fixing things? Talking with others? Nurturing children? Playing music? Teaching? Cooking? Reading? Gardening? Being part of a team? God has wired you with dreams and desires that specifically to fit into His plan.