Saturday, June 27, 2015

If It's To Be

Many of us have heard the saying, "If it's to be, it's up to me."  (Nothing like a little pressure, right?)  We sometimes take action to make things happen because others depend on us to get a job done or because we see no other way that they can be accomplished.  Yet many times we are guilty of sitting by waiting for things to happen, rather than stepping forward in faith so that they actually can.

As Christians we are taught to "wait upon the Lord," "pray and wait," or follow God's leading in every decision we make.  But what if we cannot clearly discern God's answers to our prayers for guidance?  What if we don't get a green light? Does that mean that we simply do nothing?

For those who desire to consistently live within God's perfect will it can be scary to make a decision if we cannot readily discern his direction. We know that God wants the best for his children and has promised to give us what we need if we will follow him. But what if we can't quite figure out where to follow him?  Jesus said,  "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33, KJV).  Faith often require us to take that first step out of our comfort zones and venture into the divine unknown of God's purpose and plan. Yet, we become so paralyzed by fear of making a mistake that we forget that God not only forgives us but is also totally capable of redirecting us when necessary in order to accomplish his purposes.

What decision are you facing today? Assuming you have prayed it through and sought God's direction in scripture but have not clearly heard his answer, are you willing to take a baby step of faith and see where it might lead? Dare to adventure into the unknown, trusting that God will either open doors before you or redirect you so that at the end of the journey you have accomplished his divinely orchestrated purpose for your life.  If your heart is right and you truly desire to do God's will, even though you might not clearly understand it, rest assured that "The LORD is the One who will go before you.  He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.  Do not be afraid or discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8, HSCB).

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Until Our Journey's Done

The days are passing quickly
And time is not a friend
It seems we've just begun to live
Then swiftly comes the end
Too much to do, day in, day out
Too little time to do it
Oh, help us, Lord, to persevere
And pray that we'll get through it
Help us to do what matters most
To share your love with others
To shoulder burdens not our own
To help our weary brothers
To live beyond ourselves is best
While on this sod we tarry
To lay aside our own concerns
And others' loads to carry
Oh fill our days with purpose clear
Until our journey's done
That we may enter joyfully
The presence of Your Son

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