Daily Submission To The Heart of God
November! Yeeeei! Favourite month of the year. 🙂
I hope you are all doing well in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I have had quite an eventful, and up and down kind of week this past week, but it was a good week regardless. And I am just glad to have life in Christ, and more than anything else… to be a child of God.
Today, I am just popping in to send greetings your way, to encourage you— and me too; reminding us that God has good plans for our lives. Most times, we never have the patience to wait on Him to accomplish that perfect work in us because, well… we are living in the 21st Century, and, who ever waits for anything anyway these days?
But God, I am learning (in His previous engagements with His children), He takes all the time necessary to accomplish what He intends to accomplish.
I am still reading about Moses and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that God had Moses wait for 40 good years, 40 long and energetic years of his life.
That brings in quite the agitation the minute you begin imagining yourself in a similar position— waiting on God and not having the slightest clue that He could be having you benched for 40 years or even more.
Therefore, resting, remaining planted, daily submission to God’s will, becomes the only way to rid of those anxieties. Why? Because:
God knows, God sees, God is present, God is in control of all the times and the seasons, and God is faithful.
Like Moses, we submit to God’s plan, God’s best for us, God’s will for our lives and rest. As we take care of the sheep and the work He has entrusted in our care until the set time in His calender— to lead that one person or an army to Himself as He so desires. Like Moses, we grow in silence.
Therefore, as I encourage us both, I hope you too, do not get so weary that you forsake your daily walk with Jesus by your side.
The reason I write this is because, waiting at times can be boring and tedious. It can even snuff out the glimmer of hope and light we carry in our hearts for Christ. And this too, is dangerous because, the world on the other hand suddenly begins to appear curious, compelling, and enticing. The world begins to lure us to think that it can solve our problems without having to suffer the wait. Gradually, it convinces us that it has the solutions we need.
But still, despite the long anxious wait— focus on Jesus. Focus on Jesus. Focus on Jesus. Fix your eyes constantly on Jesus. At all times. Because, there is honestly nothing anymore out here in the world for a follower of Christ, that is more important than eternity. Nothing!
Our hope, our lives, our whole substance remain grounded on Him; this, as well as the knowledge that this world is not our home. We are not citizens of this world, our inheritance is not of this world, but of a world coming soon that will never ever be shaken. Yes and Amen to that hope!
Therefore, we must remain vigilant and sober.
Watching always, waiting always, praying always, observing always, constantly guarding our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus until the day our Lord will return to take us home.
1 Thessalonians 5
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.
5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night.
8 But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation.
9 For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.
Thus we rest, be still, and know that He is God because His word has promised us that if we cast our cares upon Him, He will sustain us and give us rest.
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I was watching something earlier today about gradual gains with regards to faith and Psalm 46:10 was one of the verses that came up. God asking us to be still is a call for intimacy with us so that we won’t miss what He is doing for us and through us. Sometimes we feel like He is not doing anything at all or that He is taking too long and at such times it’s tempting to take matters into our own hands and by doing that we stop submitting to Him. Your post is as timely as it gets since it’s a reminder for us to trust that God knows where we should be and He knows how to get us there in time.
Thanks Mark for sharing your thoughts on the post. That part especially where we take matters into our own hands, I am almost always tempted to do so. When I think of it, we could regard Moses to have “a Phd” for such a time as his days because he was extremely learned, and not just learned, but a learned prince, yet, God had Him caring for sheep for 40 years. He sure is always and exactly on time. I pray that we may have this truth and reminder in our hearts and minds always. 🙂