I hope everyone is well!
I’m doing well. It’s been raining and cool for most of the week, and ALL of the weekend, which makes my vampiric little heart just glow with joy.
I was reading in Philippians last week, and the coolest thing stood out to me:
… And if there is any of this that you don’t agree with, God will make it clear to you.
I love Paul’s quiet assurance. No worries, no need to argue, God will clear everything up in due time.
I think a lot of Christians are sure it’s our job to make God clear.
And, certainly, we need to be clear, and teach what we know.
But too many of us think we also have to change those who disagree with God’s word, or at least our interpretation of it.
And that’s a BIG job!
Too big, in fact.
So, I find comfort in the reminder that GOD has that job, not me!
His Spirit is a far better teacher than I’ll ever be:
- he’s got more experience,
- he understands the situation better,
- and goodness knows his motives are purer than mine!
I can tell the truth to any who ask, but then I must rest in the assurance that my work is done, and God’s work is in good hands.
THAT is good news.
It got me thinking. I suspect there are a lot more things that I’m meant to leave up to God. I’ll have to ponder that.
Do you secretly think the life you really want to live is too much to ask for?
I’ve kind of always thought that way.
I have no idea why.
It’s not like God has certain contractual obligations to me: ANYTHING I ask for is a gift, no matter how small or large!
Recently I found myself wondering…
What if my gifts, passions, and deep needs and preferences are meant to lead me into God’s intentions for me?
Okay, sure, all of these can be corrupted by my selfish human nature. But maybe I shouldn’t just assume that they are!
If I’m obeying God, and seeking his will, perhaps my first thought should be that he’s given me these as markers to light the way.
I know that he wants me to use the gifts he’s given me. So, why don’t I also assume he wants to meet the needs that he has given me?
Or that he might just have designed my passions and interests to haul my lazy self to his goals for me?!
In my pursuit of abundance therefore, I’ve added a new criterion:
If a need or preference is sustained, consistent, and not inherently opposed to God, I will faithfully, prayerfully consider whether it is part of God’s direction to me.
I’m kind of excited to see the results!