Why is it that I always try to make it about me? The verse doesn’t say, “The horse prepares itself,” it says, “the horse is prepared.” In other words, the Lord prepares us for battle…a battle He has already won, by the way. So if you’re like me, that leaves you feeling a little humph… asking the Lord, “So what exactly is it that you want from me again?”
Even better than a membership to the Jelly-of-the-Month Club, Jesus is the gift that keeps on giving the whole year. And I’ve let too many years go by in the spirit of Clark W. Griswold, not appreciating what I’ve been given, having already spent more than I can afford. Yes, Jesus probably already has everything He needs… but so do I. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
Shall not want? Is this possible? In our culture? Flesh wants. It wants approval and food and decadence and material things and, and, and… a list a mile long. It has a lot of things it has no business wanting. But…
When we trUSt Jesus, the focus isn’t on U and I (going it alone), but in the U-n-I… UnIon… of the US in JesUS. Oh, and in case I haven’t lost you yet, DOG spelled backward is…
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.
There’s a nature trail in the woods not far from our house where I enjoy spending time alone with God. It’s like entering another world as my feet abandon pavement for soft earth and I venture deeper into the canopy of trees. The sound of cars is soon drowned out by the busy chattering of birds and squirrels. The forest begins to speak a story of God’s creation, virtually untouched by man.
There’s no logic in recognizing Jesus simply as a good man, prophet or teacher. Jesus made the outrageous claim to be the Son of God—if that’s not true, it would make Him a lunatic or a liar. It’s a life or death choice each one of us must make. There’s no socially-safe, lukewarm, middle-ground to stand on
Could it be that your sinful nature really is dead, but still hanging around? Since the apostle Paul is advising us to throw it off, that (to me) suggests it’s still available to be worn–like a dirty pair of jeans that you grab out of mindless habit.
I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read, “Don’t believe everything you think.” That’s a good one for me to remember. Conversely, you might also say “Don’t over-think everything you believe.”
As I continued to seek God, He began to answer some of my questions, the words on the page became much more than words. They became conversations with God. They became relevant. Alive.