Am I serving God with a reserve? That’s a fair question for any of us. Have we said to God that we will do anything or go anywhere for Him and yet, in the test, are there things that we will not do and places that we will excuse ourselves from going? Have we ever been guilty of declining an opportunity to spread the free gift of Jesus Christ? How will a stranger know that you are a child of God if it is not obvious in your behaviors? Consider the words of Paul as he addressed the church at Corinth with this phrase: “I will very gladly spend for you everything that I have and expend myself as well” (2 Corinthians: 12: 15 NIV). Can I truthfully say that? That is what it takes to follow the Lord. It is important that when we believe that we are doing something for the Lord or to honor Him, we examine what our motivation really is. It is ours to disappear in the life of Jesus Christ.
Living a Christian life in that manner that can redefine the phrase, “all in.” Are you “all in” or just along for the ride? _dg
“Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die” (Ex. 20:19, NIV). So who do you listen to? It is likely that we do not intentionally disobey God, rather we simply do not listen to Him. God implies “If you love me you will keep my commandments” (Ex. 20:6). His commandments are there in the bible. Are you keeping them or are just counting on the pastor or the Sunday school teacher to tell you what you need to know, what you ought to do next. That is not a complex question but I beg you to consider your answer carefully. Who are you listening to? Be careful that you are not listening to a teacher’s embellishments of the scripture when the real words are quite clearly expressing the Lord’s message and the teacher is perhaps adding or subtracting their own interpretation to what has already been clearly said. The results of that can impact your eternity.
Why would we be afraid to have God speak to us directly, choosing rather to have a teacher or pastor speak to us? A cause for that could be simply that if God speaks to us, it is imperative that we do what God tells us to do. To do less is a blatant act of disobedience. If the pastor or teacher speaks to us it seems less final, it gives us a bit of wiggle room. They are, after all, just human and they just do not have the final authority and say. We assume that we can disobey them without disobeying God. Who are we listening to in our life of Christianity? Are we ready to have the Almighty God speak to us directly? If we are, there are no more negotiations or scheduling when and how we respond. I dare you to answer that truthfully. Much may hang in the balance of the answer. _dg
Kings with their little toy soldiers do not measure up. Mental toddlers with their airplanes and big bombs are no match. Have you not figured it out yet? Has anyone ever told you about our Lord? Have you not been told that “the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (v. 28)? God has not, does not and will not get tired and weary! The Lord understands things that we cannot conceive of. We are not capable of understanding nor can we imagine that which is of the Lord. Our best built civilizations, built and populated with the best minds of human ingenuity and human kindness are not even at the game. What the Lord knows and understands, no one, not one human mind can fathom. His strength is beyond comprehension. “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; (40:30)…” The greatest of great men, even the greatest and most evil of despots cannot be measured in their infinitesimal, micro-existences when they are measured by the Almighty God in Heaven.
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; (v. 31)”. I have been blessed among men by being allowed to watch eagles soar. For a seemingly endless day they will rise and fall with ease as they slice through the air above. If you strain to see the motion of their wings you may see a wing twitch, perhaps no more than a flick of a single feather that adjusts to turn or to catch another current of air. “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength; They will soar on wings like eagles;” Oh the strength and freedom given to those who hope in the Lord! “They will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles; They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (v. 31). “But those who hope in the Lord…”