It’s so simple. And yet I make it so difficult.
In my 37 years of living, I have wrestled with God, pleaded with Him to give me ‘the desires of my heart”, and wondered what in the world He was doing. I have quoted Jeremiah 29:11 ad naseum but never progressed to Jeremiah 29:12, 13 or 14. I have come to Him so many times, desperately seeking an answer. And when I come, rarely find an answer to my problems. Instead, He shows me that He is the answer.
And so, the past 3 months, I have fallen back into the old way of living; depending on my own strength to plan my calendar and ‘do ministry’ at both TV44 and with FCA. I have still been reading His word and praying, but there’s been a lack of dependence on the One true God.
The past several weeks, He has been bringing me back to a place I once cherished: A position of weakness. I see how helpless I am in my own strength and rest in His amazing power.
Proverbs 2 gives us insight into this mystery of finding God’s leading in our lives.
My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.“
Do I want vision for 2017? I need to spend time with my Creator.
Do I want to minister out of my sweet spot and the gifts He has given me? Then I need to seek after Him like I am looking for a treasure. It’s so simple. And yet it’s so counter-cultural to being a 21st century American. Will you join me on this journey to understanding, so together we can find ‘every good path’ that He has for us?