Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
If each of us is a container for the Spirit of God to live His life, why is He not on full display through the people of His church?
I’m convinced that life is one long series of choices where I choose whether or not to quench the Spirit. He speaks; but then I turn my ear toward more enticing voices. He suggests; but I ignore His suggestions and adopt something that promises instant gratification. He begs obedience; but I procrastinate and then live in perpetual guilt. He woos me to behold Him in all His glory; but my desire for him is dulled by the lights and glitter of Babylon.
The only time I am more than willing to drown out everything that competes with the Spirit is when I suffer. My need of Him is stronger than my need for things that offer little consolation. Stripped of everything that used to matter, Jesus is in full view. His voice is clear and merciful. “I’m here!” His invitation is gracious though I don’t deserve the welcome He extends for this prodigal’s homecoming. As I sink into waves of mercy, He proceeds to say what He has said across the ages to repentant sinners. “Go and sin no more.” Of course. How could I think of doing less after such a lifesaving encounter! And yet I do.
Are you in great need today? Need is a gift because it focuses our eyes on the One we need but rarely depend on. Like you, my greatest God-moments were experienced in fiery trials. And like you, my dullest spiritual experiences were lived in the ‘valley of no need.’ The truth is ~ I am always in great need but shy away from asking God to show me exactly where. My pride tempts me to pretend that I’m stronger than I really am. Then, self-sufficiency quenches the Spirit. I lose. My world loses.
Show me my need, even when Your conviction burns. In Jesus name, Amen