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Only God

July 26, 2013 — Leave a comment

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You Lord give longing for the eternal. Only you can satisfy. Forgive me for looking anywhere else for completeness and joy. Soul-satisfaction can only be found in you-the creator of all things.

You walk with me moment by moment. There is never an instant you are not near. Your endless road of Grace amazes me continually. Every hunger of my life leads to you for sustenance.  My soul and heart is restless without you.

I hold fast to your promise spoken long ago,  “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” You are all-sufficient. My soul smiles and I campaign forward.

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Trusting God to show up can be a bit of an enigma. You need God to meet a need in your life or ministry, so you pray He shows up, and yet on the other hand God is everywhere, so it’s impossible for Him to be absent. In other words, praying He shows up is almost redundant, yet we ask anyway because the Bible encourages us to ask. The Lord’s Prayer being just one example of many in scripture.

I think a better way to look at asking God to show up is to ask God to give us eyes to see where He is at work in the situation and pursue it. Pursuing God is the more proactive form of asking Him for help. When you know God is always present and at work, then it’s just a matter of pursuing. Asking is just the opening of your heart to see with your eyes of faith where He is already active.

Even when the Bible speaks of God at rest, it’s better stated that God is in control. When God is at rest in the Bible that doesn’t mean He is kicked back with His feet up doing nothing. That’s more of our definition of rest then God’s definition of rest. Rest for God is control. He is sovereign and in control, and there is nothing passive about either.

God’s invitation to ask of Him is a real command, but it must never be forgotten that it is for our benefit and not His.  Prayer is mostly about bringing ourselves into alignment with God’s heart.

I’m not sure what you need God to show up for right now, but there is one thing that I am sure of, and it’s this- Grace is accessible to you right now, and so there’s no reason to struggle and fight for an answer. He is the answer for right now because He is the ‘right now’ God working at all times. Trusting God to show up can be a bit of an enigma, but that is half the joy of pursuing Him.

The power of God’s grace is working in your life. And whatever amount you need, is being poured into your cup right now.  So, belly up to the grace of God and say, “Pour me another.”

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God’s timing and my timing….boy are they two different things.

In Mark chapter 5 Jairus had a daughter who was sick and so he goes to Jesus and begged Him to come and heal his little girl.

On the way Jesus is stopped by the touch of another. A women with a 12 year issue of blood touched Jesus and He stopped. Now even though God was at work, the world of Jairus must have went into slow motion.

How could Jesus stop knowing I have sick daughter at home?  Jairus must have had many question going through his mind. I know I would have.

After the healing of the woman the bible says, “While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Whey trouble the Teacher any further?”

Now here is the really blessed part. Even though the timing had changed for Jairus, the timing for his daughter to be  touched of God was perfect, right on time and not forgotten in the context of another getting what they needed first. (The Woman)

Notice in verse 36 of Mark 5 where it says, “As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Just because Jesus stops to touch someone else first doesn’t mean you have been overlooked. It only means your timing and His timing are different.

Your touch is coming!

 

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In the age of the Internet, everything is fast and right at the tips of your fingers. People can look up any subject and find millions of answers. I often wish God worked as fast as a Google search but often He does not. Do not get me wrong; God can work faster than a search engine…it’s just most of the time He works at the speed that is best for His glory and best to build us into all that He desires us to become.

God should never be viewed as a search engine that holds the answers ready to submit them at your feet in just a few seconds. Most of the time God works the opposite way by causing you to wait. Waiting is just a part of God’s way much of the time, but it need not drive you crazy.

 

So what are some things you can do while waiting on God?

1. Remember the sovereignty of God

He is in control even when you feel out of control. He is always at work in your life. He has not forgotten you. He has declared in His word that He would never leave you nor forsake you.

2. God often worked a long slow plan with people of faith in the bible

David had to wait many years for his day to come to sit on the throne of Israel.
Moses on the backside of the desert waited forty years before God spoke through a burning bush.
Abraham and Sarah waited for their promised child. (Don’t forget what happened when they rushed it)

3. Allow waiting to teach you what it needs to teach you.

Waiting speaks and teaches if you will only submit to it. In the book of James in chapter one and verse 4 he writes, “And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Did you get that? Waiting has an effect. It’s to move you toward maturity.

4. Stay active while you wait for the next step to be given you

There is plenty to be doing for God that doesn’t require permission or an answer. A good place to start would be Matthew 25:35-40

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them,  ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

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