April 18, 2016
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
If I ask someone for direction, it’s because I’m going somewhere. I’m not asking for information so I can sit and ponder it. God’s revelations of truth lead to obedient action.
God never gives divine insight just for mere intrigue. He discloses His thoughts to someone who is then responsible to find out why they were given such information. Are they to pray? Are they to step forward with information? Are they to expose? Are they to encourage? Are they to go? Seeing is proactive.
April 15, 2016
Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
God’s child is meant to be spiritually intuitive. Though God is a communicator, He is often subtle. If I’m dull instead of intuitive, I will miss the signposts that are significant to my journey. Just as Jesus spoke in veiled language, often in parables, He still has a specific way of speaking to each of His children. An unbeliever will never discern the message nor understand its contents. Spiritual intuition is a skill and is nothing I can set out to develop on my own. It is given to me by way of grace. I consider my spiritual ancestors and what they might have perceived prior to life-changing events.
- Joseph prepared a feast for his brothers. When they arrived, they were seated in order of their birth. Who was the first to notice? We’re not told. But eventually, all of them were stunned and speechless. They knew the moment was pregnant with implications.
- David’s life was forever altered the moment he set out to deliver a meal to his brothers on the battlefield. Did he have a sense that morning that he would face the greatest challenge of his young life thus far? As he approached the tents of Saul’s army and heard the rumblings of fear about Goliath, when did he know in the pit of his stomach that stepping forward to fight was his destiny?
My greatest mentor in spiritual intuition is Jesus. He was prayerfully discerning throughout the Gospels. Under girding all of his ‘seemingly’ spontaneous decisions was time spent with His Father. Every moment of solitude fueled righteous decision making. He knew when to heal, what to preach, who to trust, what was coming next, who was putting on a show, and who was sincere. He never misdiagnosed a spiritually pregnant juncture.
There are crossroads that will cause me to draw in my breath. Everything will feel like it’s shifting. The moments seem fragile, even tenuous. Am I prepared for it? Am I ordering my time in a way that will foster spiritual intuition? I know that I dare not mess it up. If ever there is a time for me to stay quiet and watchful, it is this moment. Pondering will take precedence in my priorities.
April 14, 2016
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2
When a mother weans her child, she has to deny him what he wants and then comfort him when he can’t have it. She weans him because it is necessary for his growth into a new phase of life. She appears cruel to the child but nonetheless, he has no one to turn to but her for consolation. She loves him so she persists in the training yet she also mourns over the pain she causes him.
So it is with God. When things don’t feel right, when my heart is churning, when I’m tired of waiting, when I don’t have what I believe I need, when my long standing wound doesn’t appear to be any less severe, when I’m sick of myself, when I want what I want, then it takes great grace to dig deeply and will my soul to be quiet. It takes even more grace to run to the One who could fix everything that plagues me in an instant but doesn’t. I could be tormented about why He restrains Himself, why He withholds, yet I need Him to comfort me as I wrestle with ability to trust Him. Satan would tell me that I trust in vain. The counterfeit comfort he offers appeals and so the battle rages on.
April 13, 2016
Trust in the Lord. Have faith; do not despair. Trust in the Lord. Psalm 27:14
I used to believe that a sermon was only delivered by a speaker; one who uses words. Apparently, sermons are not limited to that. Anyone becomes a preacher when people watch them extend their faith toward a situation, using the Word of God as they go. Faith in Christ is what separates the believer from the unbeliever.
April 11, 2016
God is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. Psalm 144:2
In WWII, Japan surrendered to American forces and yet the news of the surrender took weeks and months to reach isolated Japanese garrisons. Soldiers continued to fight. Men continued to die. Those who were ignorant of Japan’s surrender were caught in the ‘not yet’.
I have often been confused by the promises of God. He is my healer. Does that mean that I will never know a sick period? He is my deliverer. Does that mean that I will never know a season of oppression? He is the God who avenges. Does that mean that He will settle all scores on the heels of wrongdoing? He is my strength. Does that mean that I will never languish in seasons of weakness? He is my shield. Does that mean that I will never be wounded by fiery arrows? He is my comfort. Does that mean that I will never feel alone or forsaken?
Now, I can know the right answers to all of those questions but I can get tripped up when I’m in a prolonged ‘not yet’ period.
Solomon said it another way in his well-known discourse. “There is an appointed time for everything. A time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up.” Ecclesiastes 3
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 Oh, how beautiful is the picture of this spiritual reality. ‘Secret place’ in Hebrew is mistar ~ ‘a concealed place where treasures are stored.’ Don’t you want to go there? Don’t you want to discover …
I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts. Psalm 119:141 God chooses the foolish, the ones who are already peculiar and despised. Once chosen, we are despised to an even greater extent because we are God’s. As a result, we can feel small. If ever we needed God’s Word, it’s when …