as i sit here and reflect on the last forty days and how the Lord worked in my life as i “gave up” the spirit of poverty for Lent, i am thankful for the knowledge He is always faithful to show Himself when we truly seek! it doesn’t take a genius to know He would show me the areas i was rich in and how counting and recounting those riches/blessings does wonders for how i approach each day. but what i didn’t expect was lessons in obedience, the attitude with which money is spent and the confirmation of how He is always working on us and is faithful to use what He is working on for our betterment!
two very significant events happened within the last 40 days, along side a host of others. i wish i could sit here and tell you of each event but that would take too long. so i’ll just leave you with this statement i sent via text to a friend as He took care of His child; “i obediently listened to His voice and He took care of me with an option that wasn’t even an option! He showed up and showed off!”
isn’t that just like Him?!
My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5
Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” John 8:47
ever have a moment when you know you need to apologize but for some reason or another you try to talk yourself out of it? this happened to me not that long ago. my reasons were quite valid to rule in favor of “nope, not gonna do it” reasons like:
*it will fall on deaf ears
*I’ll look weak
*it won’t make a difference
*it’s not my place
*she hurt me
*what if the apology isn’t “accepted”
*what if my motivation is misinterpreted
*too much time has passed
…and I could list many more but the truth of the matter is none of them are significant when the Lord speaks. even if all the reasons listed above were true (and they were), it all boiled down to pride and fear and obedience. was I going to put my pride and fear aside, in order to obey the One I live for? Yes!
so, I did. I even went old school and wrote a letter. this way I wouldn’t know any thing more than my part. it wasn’t about the person I was apologizing to, it was about me and my ability to hear Him and take action.
the result: assurance I did the right thing and freedom to move on!
I love the way a member of Life.Church put it “Realizing your part in your struggle—then apologizing for it—is the first step on the path out.”
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
James 5:16 ESV
“wait a minute” is not what I like to hear when telling my kids to do something. as parents, we do our best to teach our kids immediate obedience as respect for authority or a loved one. How much more should we obey our Maker? as much as we hate to admit it, we may do the same thing when God suggests we do something. how often do we drag our feet when we know there is a direction He is pointing? or when we know He’s telling us to stop doing something and we say “just one more time.” delayed obedience is disobedience. if there is an area or situation in your life God is directing, don’t delay, Listen!
Those who obey the commands protect themselves, (Proverbs 19:16a NCV)