My eyes burn with heaviness and my body craves the warmth of covers and softness of my pillow. Days like today when I don’t take time to rest the eyes that I think are rested enough or the body that seems to have plenty of energy, it catches up to me before the daily requirements have ended. I have so much to share and I pray my brain translates to my fingers the Divine words spoken to my own heart these past few days.
There has been this constant subject of God’s call on my life, your life, everyone’s lives that He has been speaking to me. It has been in the not-so-quiet times with my bible open, seeking Him while my brood of beloved children are playing around me or in the deep, heart to heart conversations with other followers of Christ and in the crazy rambunctious devotions with our children. Oh my, family devotions with four children from three years old to ten years old can be so crazy and nerve grinding at times. :)It is not always pretty but soaking God’s word as a family is a priority and God is so faithful to speak in the midst of the chaos.
Here are five among many points that God has been speaking to my heart.
1. If God is calling you, He will enable you. It is not about your gifts or abilities, it is what He will do through your willingness.
He speaks to me of the amazing man Moses that He was calling to do great and mighty things but really, it wasn’t that Moses was amazing and it wasn’t that he was 100% ready and excited to do what God was asking him. Moses actually asked God to pick someone else. How many of us are guilty of that? Oh yes, I am sure most of us, in varying degrees have wanted to back out on God’s requests. Moses later went on to tell God he doesn’t speak well and it hasn’t changed since “You’ve been talking to me” God. Oh, I chuckle at the relation to Moses and myself. “But God, I can’t write well. I need to refine my writing before I start a blog”. Ha, ha, ha, ha. Nope, I want you to use exactly what you have right now. I will speak through you. “But God I have to get a better education or learn more grace before I can teach my children.” I will teach your children and guide you daily on schooling them. I will pour out my grace on you and you give your children My grace. Offer Me your fishes and loaves. Offer me what you have. That is all I am asking my daughter, just what you have and I will increase it and use your offering in far greater capacity than you ever imagined.
2. Knowing the next step or the outcome doesn’t mean we will be ready to jump on board.There is beauty in the unknown and grace in trusting God for each step of the journey. As we keep our eyes on Him, He won’t let us sink.
Our dearly loved Moses listens to God tell him what is going to happen. Yes, you read that right, he listens to God tell him what was going to happen. God tells him, “I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My wonders which I will do in its midst; and after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.” Moses had this great benefit of being told the outcome! How many of us just want to know the outcome before we step out? Oh, Moses had it right before him. It would seem to be the ticket to jump into obedience but Moses still had fear of his own limitations and lack of trust in God’s faithfulness to be with him in the journey.
3. Look to God for confirmation and a mature, godly person or people for counsel. There is no place for “what if” and “suppose they”.
Just like us, he had more questions. He asked, ” But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.'” When we start questioning what other people will say or do we will very quickly find ourselves in a trap. Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Suppose people do say things against you or question you negatively? We can trust in the Lord to fight the battle and He will lead us to safety. You cannot control what other people may say or do but you can choose your reaction and you can choose to trust God or take matters into your own hands. God always goes before His people. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” Psalm 37:5-7a There is no need to “suppose” or question with “what If’s”.
4. God will always give you what you need to do what He has asked of you.
God took His holy time to explain and show Moses all the signs and wonders that were at his fingertips. God will do the same for you. He is patient, understanding, knowing you are dust of the earth and He loves you. He will guide you every step of the way. Paul wrote to Timothy telling him, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me….” That enabling is an empowerment, endued with strength! God does not ask us to do something and then ditch out hoping that we do it just right. No, Jesus told the disciples before he ascended into heaven, “I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”(John 16:7) This “Helper” is the Holy Spirit, our comforter, come to our side to aid us in all things. “And my God will supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:19) He will enable you with great power!
5.God is gracious to us but when we disbelieve His ability to do mighty deeds through us we miss out on the greater blessing of seeing His miracles and being used by Him.
God was angered by Moses asking for someone else to take this role. God’s plan did not include Aaron in the picture for delivering His people but God is gracious and He allowed Moses to hear from God and then speak to Aaron all that he needed to say. Aaron became the mouthpiece to the people and Moses had the amazing privilege of hearing from God and communicating that to Aaron. As time went on, Aaron led the people astray and God dealt with that sin. When we refuse to take the steps God has called us we throw weeds into the rose bush and my, what a mess we can make.
My prayer for us today is that we would not refuse God’s call on our lives. In the most simple acts of obedience we are walking in God’s will, sowing seed into the rich soils of life and from it grows great beauty. God loves you and His plans are trustworthy.
Feel free to pray with me,
“Father, I thank you for Your faithfulness to us. You never leave us or forsake us. Even when we don’t understand the “why’s” of today or the plans for tomorrow You are always with us and willing to carry us down the path you have lead us. Guide us. Help us to trust that our simple obedience, even if it is doing the dishes or cleaning toilets, will bring forth great and mighty trees of righteousness. Your love is trustworthy. Help us to believe. Help us to obey. Help us to enjoy Your presence on this journey. And thank you for the Helper You have sent to fill us and enable us to do all You have called us. In Jesus Name.”