It’s a new week. A week that will be filled with its own challenges. A week with so much to do and so little time. I am sure you can relate.
Sometimes life runs away with us. We start fretting about all the things we have to do, all the things we have to remember, the calls we have to make, the stuff we have to buy etc. We have to juggle children, school activities, work activities, domestic issues and still find time for ourselves. And somewhere in the disorder of our fast-paced lives, we lose sight of God. And life just becomes faster and more disorderly. Many people can’t handle the pace; it leads to feelings of failure and ultimately depression. All because we lost our focus.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Stop for a moment, before this Monday runs away with you. For a few minutes…
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of this earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace
Beautiful old song. Stop and pray for just a few minutes. Ask God to order this day for you. Ask God to order this week for you. Ask Him for wisdom and insight. Ask Him to direct your path this week. I guarantee you, it will be a good week if you lean not on your own understanding!
It is in the early hours of the morning and I am babysitting a little filly. Now and then I hear the call of the jackal and the neighbour’s dogs that respond angrily to it. But that is far off. Around me all is peaceful and quiet. Last night I sat here listening to an owl. I wonder if he will show up again tonight.
Obviously in such silence, the voice of God is so much clearer. I think Satan is flooding the world with noise so that we won’t be able to hear the still, small voice of God. This silence is precious. I love silence. Many people freak out at silence; I am content in silence. It wasn’t always like this. There was a time in my life when I avoided silence. I kept myself occupied and surrounded with noise as I could not face the thoughts that came in silence. Today however, I love it. I have learned to be content with my own company and I have inner peace. Peace I did not have some years ago. Today, silence is a necessity to me. I need it. I treasure it. I love it. But silence is not what I want to blog about.
I am at a place in my life that relates to Peter walking on water. In a sense, I am walking on water. I am doing the seemingly impossible. I am pursuing the unthinkable. It goes against everything society expects. And I love it. But sitting here thinking about it, I realised something. You can’t walk on water unless you have learned to trust in God and nothing else. As long as your trust is in anything earthly, you won’t make it. And to get to the point where your focus is on God and God alone, takes time, commitment and lots of obedience.
So often people fret over their life purpose when they are far from ready to fulfill it. God is busy leading you towards your life purpose. He is constantly preparing you for something bigger. Don’t waste time and energy wondering what your purpose is. Stay focussed on building a relationship with God. Stay focussed on hearing His voice and obeying without a second thought. Only when you have proven yourself in the little things, can God give you the big thing. There will come a time when suddenly you are challenged to get out of the boat and do the unthinkable. That day you will know your life purpose. For today, just focus on being faithful. Be faithful and be obedient. Focus on trusting in God alone. Check your heart every day to make sure you don’t put your security in anything else.
When God has your full focus and trust, He will call you out of the boat.
I wonder how many people I have met in my life, that felt they were not worthy of God’s love. I remember the woman who never went to church – she felt unworthy to enter what she described as a holy place, being the sinful person she was. I remember the woman who wanted to leave the worship team of her church, after making a sinful mistake. I remember the man who was saved, went to church, tried to live an exemplary live, scared that he will not make it to eternal life.
None of them realised that God’s grace is mysteriously big. We cannot explain it. We cannot earn it. We cannot deserve it.
The sacrifice that Jesus gave on the cross, as atonement for our sins, was enough. There is nothing we can add to it and there is nothing we NEED to add to it. There is nothing in your past too big to be forgiven. Nothing you have done can exclude you from the grace of God. You can only be excluded by choice – your choice.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If it was God’s choice, nobody would be lost. He gave His Son so that you could have life to fullest. Why on earth would you settle for anything less? Guilt is not life to the fullest. Not feeling worthy is not life to the fullest. Drop all of that and settle for grace. Do the exchange – guilt for grace.
His grace is sufficient for your need!