It is one of my greatest joys to study the Word of God. Indeed the substance of it is found in the study. It’s powerful, on the surface, but we come to know that power from within when we put our fingers into it – like soil, dig around, smell it and take in the endless wonder it is – when we study. In the Hebrew is where we find the context to all the symbolism in the Bible. When studying the Old Testament, the Hebrew is the primary dig for meaning. This is true for the New, but it has the flair of Greek to run along side it. Yet when reading Revelation one cannot escape the profound importance of the Hebrew, since it is full of the Hebraic symbolism that eliminates so very much misinterpretation. In Hebrew God is communicating to a finite people in the finite world He placed them in. So He uses His language to form solidarity in everything they could see, touch, smell and observe. Everything means something to God. It’s our delightful (hopefully) duty to to find out each nuance of its meaning. There are two words in the above scripture that are full of huge significance in their meaning. Here is the symbolic meaning to those words.
♡♡ I will almond-tree it (shaked), i.e. I will be upon them speedily, in a short time, and suddenly, ere they are aware; or, I will watch, and be ready to accomplish (shoked) this in due time. ♡♡
You see back then there were no climatologist, weather forecasters, almanacs, and the like. People watched closely the landscape and it’s signals for the changing seasons. The almond tree was the first to begin to awaken in the Spring. Spring time is the season where all things reawaken from a cold and seemingly suppressed or dead time. The landscapes in winter look barren and dying. Then spring comes and everything begins to prove that God works especially and powerfully as much below the surface as He does where we can see. There’s alot going on in the sapping down of the trees, the soil. The elements of earth are tended to in the winter. Most of the year we see the tending up on the surface. Winter is faith/trust season. Where God works deeply where none can see, deep down.
The season here for Jeremiah was significantly detailed to him and his call. Yet, it carries over to us in this time as well. Here is where we begin to be watchful for all the Lord has done in the underlying surfaces of our hearts. It comes with the promise given in various ways, God is watchful to fulfill His Word and purposes in the world and in us individually (Is.55:11). He is with us in all seasons (Matt. 28:20), He will accomplish what He has set out to do (Phil. 1:6). Spring is the season of HOPE!
Are we watching? Are we waiting with hopeful antisipation for the Lord and all He is and will do, both in the larger picture and in us? It’s only obvious to say, when God is watchful, we must join Him. He is watchful at all seasons, but Spring is significant to Him for this particular watchfulness (fulfillment). Our God delights to reveal Himself to us. We can only be unified in such delight when we join Him in what He is doing. The world (as in its business, it’s habits) distracts us. The earth joins Him without fail.
I don’t have almond trees where I live, but I watch with full antisipation for the buds and blooms at this time of year. Watching for His promise of new life, and life that is being renewed after a season of cold and seeming dormancy. Winter is the season of waiting, forced inside unlike the rest of the year, to live. God works the earth alone in winter, He doesn’t require our help. The wonders of what He alone can do is powerfully displayed in Spring.
This winter taught huge lessons about waiting for us this year. We wait still. Watching, watching for the fruit of this work to give its blossom. Not yet seen, but soon! Just like His return! Being watchful, and ready is springs call upon us! Answer the call!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
Today, every minute will come only once.
We are 12 years old, once; 12 years 1 minute, once.
We are 12,000 days old, once. We are 11 hours and 47 minutes into today, once.
We are new born babies, once.
We will be sitting on the very last moment of our lives here on earth, once.
Yet with God, each of these one time only clicks on the time table of eternity, is full of infinite possibilities. We grind with impatience because we won’t be fully alive in the “one time only” moment we are in. Looking into it, around it and seeking to make it as full of life as He can fill it.
People, for instance can be tattooed onto our heart, rather than chancely brought into our lives. Every mother on earth knows well the needle and ink, carve and stain, like windows of beauty, our children are. Their breaths are each an added carve into our souls. What should we be like, if every moment inked our breaths like that? Oh! How we ourselves would then agree with Almighty God to stretch them out to infinity! Patience would never again be viewed as a for letter word.
We must call in and recall our troops that push us into a day, headlong into the next moment without strenuous effort to feel and breathe each second to its maximum!
Don’t let time “bleed out” on your perspectives. Put a tourniquet on the rush of life – face the Infinite God full on each moment, and watch as His blood covers each “one time only” and tattoos them into eternity.
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
I was recently asked why I take life so seriously.
Teehee, for the first time in my life, I actually giggled at the notion. Nor found criticism in the question. I do take life seriously. In fact, what often other people will make “light of” I’ll find rather dull to do so. To be fair, I do often have to work hard at being light hearted in some matters. Yet, taking life seriously, is the reflection I see in Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus Christ) face. The Brits wouldn’t have called Him a jovial’ol chap. Americans would never have said He was the life of the party (not real life being referred to). In France, they would have never been able to grasp His love because it came not in the form of intimate relations, and often defied what family loyalty in the world’s terms can seem. The times we live in are serious. The Germans in world War II were serious. It made everyone else take on a certain seriousness. Often people trying to make light of thing at that time would get a very serious response from the majority at the time: “don’t you know there’s a war on?”
My whole life I’ve rather leaned into the direction of humor for escapism. Fully able to sense deep down the seriousness of life, it would pull me down, humor lifted me up. I’m so glad my parents were laughter oriented. My Dad in particular could always make us laugh, even when he was trying to be serious. We were free with laughter, passionate in feelings, and serious about taking life seriously.
My answer to the above inquiry is this:
I’m serious about children being free to be silly and carefree while they can. Balanced by creative teaching of life and it’s seriousness.
I’m serious about seeking out times of humor and laughter, it really is a healing medicine.
I’m serious about all humor not being funny at another’s expense.
I’m serious about the Life God calls me to. His mission for me, His instructions to me and following them resolutely.
I’m serious about joy. Being joyful to others and letting them be joyful to me.
I’m serious about not worrying about things that God says its His job to do.
I’m serious about the Truth without apology. That it most often comes in a serious nature, and should not be ignored.
I’m serious about love, it’s sacrificial nature, and it being a choice rather than a feeling much of the time.
I’m serious about paying attention to the world around me that God has made, and delighting in every inch of landscape, every single sunrise and sunset, every drop of rain, and flake of snow. Every cloud, every rainbow, every breeze and squall of wind. I’m serious about learning all the lessons the seasons teach us. Every tree, bush, blade of grass, weed (these are all flowers by the way – smile). Every form and body of water, every star and planet, the Sun, moon and heavenly shape of their work.
I’m serious about food, the true enjoyment of it and it’s purpose in the human body. The creativity that can be found in it and enjoyment of its riches and strength of its provision.
I’m serious about relationships. The ultra hard work of them, and the profound rewards and benefits of them. These are treasures we take with us forever. I’m convinced of their immense importance over all things in life, business, pleasure etc. People always matter first, their lives, their struggles, their joys and delights.
I’m serious about fun. Teehee, this can get me in trouble, but God knows my heart, and brings balance.
I’m serious about responsibilities in all things. To do all things as unto God, no short cuts, no excuses. In such a vein I’m serious about money, work, and duty. Honor in instructions and how things work properly.
I’m sure if I kept thinking about this I could fill two pages. I think life IS serious. And there IS a war going on. I take seriously an enemy that is a robber of joy, thief of love, strangler of truth, teachers of lies, harbringer of bad news, bad choices, bad things. Most especially these days the duller of hearts and minds to the joys of being serious about serious things. His passion to blot out the Name and character of the Creator, our Savior and Spirit which brings all balance in this life to serious stuff and joyful stuff. I’m serious about God’s work of pulling the teeth out of fear and the weariness out of doing good.
I am serious, much of the time. These days Life is not taken seriously enough. Apathy and laxness mark the generation I see coming up. Self entitlement seems to be winning the days, and expecting something for nothing. I’m serious about that. It’s a cancer. I’m serious about freedom, but not the freedom mankind often is deluded into thinking is a God given “right”. God has given one freedom to all mankind, that is to choose the right (His way) things or the wrong (not His way) things. God is a monarchy, a ruler, THE Ruler. All things are His subjects.
I’m serious about education in so far as that education starts first and foremost with knowledge of God, His ways and getting to know Him as His person. All other education, valuable as it may be in His will, is secondary. I believe in those times under heaven as essential elements to reality and peace and true enjoyment in life, death, life, sadness, joy, health, sickness, and so on. The acceptance of our failures as well as celebration of our strengths – all given by God, none being our own to keep. I believe the rewards of a “well done” by God will far outshine and reward the soul than all the treasures on earth – and this is worth waiting for, though He doesn’t make us wait till eternity. I believe God speaks to each of us daily, through His Word and with His counsel. I’m seriously serious about that. I do not believe in the rule keeping, self checking religion that Yeshua’s Life and teachings have become. I believe in a loving, kind, involved, and supremely intimate God, made known and knowable through the Life work and death of Yeshua His Son and His Resurrection; and the Spirits power to over come death and sin once this choice is made in the life of every individual. I believe that Love is the greatest debt human beings owe each other, none greater. That love comes in very serious forms, such as truth telling, and feedback and reflection in accountability. Yet also steeped in grace and mercy and lack of judgement. This is called encouragement.
Seriously, what is NOT to be taken seriously is the question.
We serve a very serious God about restoration and repentence. Praise Him for it! He takes no ease on this thing He made called Life. Neither should I. When what He takes seriously is taken seriously by us, all the enormous joys and delights of this Life come as natural a byproduct as green grass to rain and sun. Life is serious, seriously amazing, fun, and hard. One day. …one day the only thing I shall know is its joys, delights and pleasures. For now I’m serious about getting the taste of them as He gives them on occasion here, now. Serious about speaking with my mouth but more my life the reality of that in balance . I’m not sorry I’m serious. I’m grateful He had made me thusly.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to pen such words, though they strike me too much about me, with all the I’s. Yet honestly, questions like these give opportunity for me work out a ready answer, and a “mission statement” if you will. (1 Peter 3:15; Phil. 2:12) These things will be shown in my life as a whole but it is good to know that my children and grandchildren can read my mind and heart one day. I’ve always been accused by the “serious adults” of being too child-like. But then, again I get this alot too, being told I’m too serious. I think much of it is timing and perspective. When I’m accused of being child-like, it’s because I have no problem running around chasing my kids in the church parking lot for fun. When I’m told I’m too serious, most people are at the moment trying to escape the harshness of life in that moment. Given my past, it’s hard not to join in at these moments. Balance is the key and I admit without a conscious effort on my part to invite the Spirit to achieve it for me, I’d be stuck in one of the other extremes most the time. There’s a time to laugh when circumstances warrant a good cry. There’s a time to restrain laughter when the circumstances seem to open the doors for nothing but. Serious perspectives are hard to live in 24/7. Yet there’s so much serious stuff these days.
Right now I’m sitting out in the snow, blogging. Literally it’s falling on my phone as I type. But the flakes don’t deter me. They make the experience that much more memorable. It’s seriously a good thing to do things most people call crazy or stupid even. If God says do it, seriously. ..do it!
What is your “take” on life, what’s your perspective? Do people know? Do they hear you speak words that don’t line up with your actions and daily living? Can you be serious in a conversation but still make one laugh? That’s a gift. Can you laugh at serious stuff? And when was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? That’s the medicine!
God is serious, but He takes very serious delight too. Look at the creatures most ignore on a daily basis: birds, squirrels, rabbits and the like. They work everyday, but almost seems to me they play as they do. Especially squirrels, they have the monopoly on play, yet from sun up to sun down take very seriously what’s needed. I feed these furry “rats” as some call them and every day I’m reminded there is a balance to each day that can be found in joy and hard diligent work.
God is the only One who helps us stay grounded between humor and seriousness. Does your relationship with Him provide giggle times with Him? If not, oh boy are you missing out! Giggling with God is the best treasure I have. He’s with me always, sometimes we giggle together about my seriousness, sometimes about the things around us at the moment. The whole world tilts a bit and shakes pixie dust all around when God giggles with His children. It’s better and beyond anything Disney could attempt to make it look like. I’m serious about delighting in and with Adonai! As often as I can, I pursue this. He delights that I do, I believe. God is such a serious subject to most. Rightfully so in its own right, but on the other hand, He is the epitome of joy too. I truly believe those who lose sight of that, haven’t spent enough time out in the wild with Him. It’s there, He can show His delight the most. A close second is hanging with children 7 and under. used to be 10, but ahhh, they grow so serious so fast these days, but honestly it is not altogether unwarranted.
A delightful heart is full of very serious realities, but it’s anchored in the Joy of the Lord, His presence. It’s my sincere prayer that Adonai will profoundly illustrate this to me and carve it into my soul. Serious joy, serious integrity, serious obedience to Him, serious delight in Him. Serious, firm, rooted, steadfast, and immovable – these things!
Glory to God in the highest, glory to Him who takes very serious all His works in this world and in His people. May He get the glory for it all. ..seriously!
and in everything set them an example yourself by doing what is good. When you are teaching, have integrity and be serious;
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
The Truth is our inheritance, that which we here, invest for the sake of the Kingdom. It belongs to all. It’s the thing God gave to all to invest or to bury. It’s the ultimate revelation of Yeshua’s (Jesus) parable of talents. (Matt.25:14-30) Truth is a constant steady valuable always being given to every single human on earth. We either bury it or invest it. We often mistake investing though for giving it away. When God gives Truth, it’s first intended target is our own “bank”. Our hearts and minds, that it may multiply within us and do its work there. The various levels of investment could be seen as such:
■ We see a truth, invest it a bit, but preach it far more than we ourselves submitted to it. It has made the entry of acknowledgement and agreement, but it translates only to certain areas we act on it. This isn’t completely profitless, and equates to a small invest with small return.
■ Or we see a truth, and it is taken in, as far as its potential can reach by the will of its Maker in that time and for that moment. It goes into the soil of our own hearts and minds and effects every single avenue of our being; every thought is different, every action. It’s spoken from our mouth, but more loudly preached from our lives as a whole, every action, every decision, every single aspect of our being reflects it. This is the invest, that yields thousands and thousands beyond. This takes the sacrifice of ultimate accounting – dying to ourselves.
So how does it get buried? For one, out right rejection. Truth hits the ears, the mind and heart and one returns it like a batter hitting a ball out of the park. It’s instant. Or, the worst kind, actually is. ..the acknowledgement of it with the mind, agreeing with it but applying it to everything and everyone else but ones self. There’s a reason Yeshua was so harsh with the hipocrites. Because of our great a capacity to selfishly invest a good thing and influence others to do so. Make it look good, but deep down the truth in such cases rots the very bones that it tries to heal but isn’t allowed to due to our own resistance for it to change who we are, what we look like deep inside, where no one can see but the Truth (God).
Let’s consider what Yeshua said, (John 14:6) “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, noone comes to the Father except through Me.”
Now let’s go to Matthew 26:24, where He addresses one such individual who represents the ‘buried truth’ worst case senario. Judas.
“The Son of Man will die just as the Tanakh (old testament) says He will; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for him had he never been born!”
We see that Yeshua is the Way, to the Truth, that leads to Life. Many are they that acknowledge Yeshua, but with the Truth He is, gives and becomes in them, they stop there. No interest in Life, no interest in His Life. The illusion of life, as we often see it for ourselves, becomes the primary motivation. When we get to the Truth, we must submit to it, every time. We must change, not life or circumstances or others -us. Life is breathed into submissive soils, not clay like hard soils. They remain cracked, parched and devoid. The truth ignored and rejected creates a desert. The Truth applied like make up instead, makes a desert look like an oasis. Yeshua is severe because it’s that serious. When God is harsh, it’s the harshness like that of a parent who scolds a child for running in front of a moving truck without looking. Without the fear. We parents fear in that moment. God does not. So when we pick up the child and say, “Never ever run out without looking!” We apply a pressure into their little souls with the seriousness of the situation, knowing the consequences that they are not yet aware of that we wish for them to learn prior to the lessons fullest and most severe potential to teach. It’s love and protection. Not a rule monger, joy killer, party pooper. Not a harsh God whose bent on being obeyed for ego sake. When God gets harsh, it’s because Life hangs in the balance. We are comfort creatures, this is why the Truth so often hurts (or at the very least makes us wiggle). We must ask God to give us hearts to begin to take truth in as comfort, which is contrary to our nature’s. Submission.
We also tend to throw out the truth because we don’t like the way it came in. Either who said it, or how they said it. Be warned, if the truth comes to us, in any fashion, God is able to make us see it and apply. So when we say things like “what they said was true, but they were so mean I don’t have to apply it” or “that’s true but they don’t do what they are telling me to do.” These forms of human reasoning are not God. We are to be looking for Him everywhere, in all things. So when someone tells us something hard but it is surrounded by human weakness, if we are only looking for God in all things, the truth that may be shining within such circumstances is able to be seen and applied. We are accountable to the Truth no matter how God chooses to deliver it. And let’s face it, if He chooses to deliver it from the mouth of another human being, it will always be wrapped in some form of weakness as we are all fallen creatures. The truth can’t be disregarded at any time. There is no excuse for us this way.
How often have you spoke a truth to someone and they rejected it by picking apart your “style”. Remember at such times, you are sharing in God’s suffering. For it is in this way that so many of His beloved children reject Him. They don’t like His style, pick at the way its said, or what it requires of them. From the beginning of time, God has endured this kind of rejection, none on earth will ever know the depths of such repeated experience on that level like God. But He promised, if we seek Him first, we’ll be able to find Him and Life will continue to be wrought within us. Hence, our “worst enemy” could come in with a truth, and we can acknowledge it and let it do is work in us. Indeed, our worst enemy does. The accuser, he can’t use anything but the truth to start with, he can however try to twist it in our mind. But even then, the truth within the accusation can give life.
Say he comes and says, “your are being so selfish (truth), you should be ashamed (truth), God will be able to do nothing with you now (lie).”
Now if we are looking for God even in this, we see the truths and feel acutely the desire to believe the lie. But instead, the Spirit of God, as He promised, can make us able to respond like so:
“Dear God, I am a selfish human being, and I thank you that I feel shame in it, it is Your warning light that I’m grieving You. I reject that it feels like You can’t use me, nothing is impossible with You. So use me now, Father, even here in my selfishness, as only You can. I thank You that You love me, and Your grace covers me in all my deeds. See now, Your Son, my Shepherd and Savior as I follow Him to Your presence, Him whose faithful work and death and resurrection has bought and paid these, my debts to bring me to this Home You’ve made in me, I stand covered in His blood, nothing else have I to offer, but You say it’s enough. I believe! Forgive my selfishness and make me clean.”
Its never wrong to acknowledge the truthful parts of an accusation whether it’s the devil or another person. In fact it’s the first step to overcoming. I often say, “your right satan, I am xyz (all the things God is not), weak beyond accounting, but God is xyz (all the things I am not)…and it is in Him I will find my refuge!” I don’t engage with banter between the enemy on the whole, he is definitely worth ignoring in most cases, and simply saying “the Lord rebuke you!” (He’s the only One who can) The devil is not a hostage negotiator, he’s the perpetrator. Reason, especially our own kind rarely works. We can’t be understood by him, and when he is the one behind a loved one or another person bringing truth but with harshness or accusation, we can expect that we won’t be understood by them either. So we take the truth and run with it and leave the rest to God.
The circumstances surrounding the Truth, will never negate the Truth itself. We must determine to let it have its way with us, if we do, then Life is the promise, God’s presence is the promise, God’s character is the promise. It will flow out from us without reservation, and it will change for better or worse everyone it influences around us. But that’s God’s business, not ours. We are only accountable for what the Truth does in us. Only God will see the true investment of our submission to it. He only promises that we’ll see Him, and that is the glory of God!
Transformation at the feet of truth, is our life long pursuit in this fallen world. It’s the hardest work we’ll ever do. It’s the good fight that the Word refers to. (1 Tim. 6:12)
In these times, we’ve been told the truth will become less and less accepted, less and less. ..so now is the time for those of us who have The Truth as our chosen path we follow, to determine in our own hearts to never miss the opportunity to let it move in and invest us into the Kingdom from which we came and for which we are bound and most especially we serve.
May the Truth be a pleasant salve to our souls, Oh God, may we lean into its transforming power and may You continue to shape us into Your likeness, give us eyes to see, and hearts to perceive and make us able to turn away from all that isn’t of You and face You full on with confidence that, You who began the Good work in us, will complete it! Amen!
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡
He (Adonai) answered, “Set your mind at ease – My presence will go with you after all.” Moses replied, “If Your presence doesn’t go with us don’t make us go on from here…
That is what distinguishes us, me and Your people, from all other people’s on earth.”
Has it ever occurred to you that God so often used very odd circumstances to get in to a place deep within us, that has absolutely nothing to do with the circumstances themselves? He sets the board, and what we see moves us forward accordingly. As things progress, it becomes rather obvious that He’s moving in through back doors to the goal He had in mind. Almost as if He distracts us with our limited vision and surface prone tendencies, to sneak in where we wouldn’t have went with Him any other way. I’ve experienced this on many occasions, recently as well. The past experiences didn’t que me in to look for His back door agendas in any of these cases. When God wants to move in behind something, no human on earth can track His movements until He’s reached His destination! Only then, can we look back and trace His path, but not until He’s popped up in the seemingly most intentionally sneaky way. It’s been said repeatedly before: “if we saw where God was leading us, we’d most often recalculate our GPS in the other direction.”
At the end of October, 2015 God pointed His finger, very obviously, in the direction of a new location, new plan, and said “go buy a house, in that place.” We were set on a different location for moving, our plans moved north with our hearts, Montana was home. He pointed South. Our plans were to move into an RV and with our new business travel, live simple, and find a home base in Montana at some point. Sick of moving, sick of all the stuff that one accumulates in a house or apartment, we wanted to be free of it, and mobile to go where God said go. All very good intentions, none violating any will of God, but still not His will for us, however our perspectives saw it.
So the house hunt ensued, we found one, and all hell broke loose in the process. Two months of grinding, stressful and rest stealing work began. Staying close to Him, we followed every step, endured crazy situations, and wound up with it all falling through. Not the results we humans expect when we feel we’ve done all God asked of us. Yet even at this place, we trusted and went forth on another house hunt (it continues). All the while, God was with us and went before us, we knew that. What wasn’t obvious was that He was slipping in behind us, moving into the center of us, arriving at His intended destination, our hearts, His Home, not a relocation or house on earth. God knows us so well, we don’t face things unless we’re forced to. Circumstances are the forces He uses to bring us to that inner mirror, the one that reflects us back at ourselves but not only do we see ourselves but we can’t avoid seeing ourselves as He sees us in these moments. It’s a faithfulness on His part to go so great a route to get us there. We don’t need to just see ourselves, we need to see ourselves with Him. All the grace and mercy He has to give is ready there. If we just see ourselves, raw and rotten, without Him – we will be lost and walk away without remembering what we look like. But with Him, as hard as that reflection may look with His perfection hovering about us, there’s a pivotal transformation that becomes possible. The circumstances that brought us there, fades into the background becoming relatively insignificant. The house, the place, those were and are insignificant compared to His presence and passion to develop His character in the home Yeshua and His Father took up residence in the day we turned our souls back into Their care. (John 14:23)
At this juncture, Adonai has revealed His path into the back yard of our hearts, and we are now “getting down to business”. The house hunt continues, relocation all on the horizon, but the real work is right where we are, no matter where we are geographically. Big things that have been hidden and slipped through the cracks are being reflected in His eyes, ever so compassionately and full of that grace that pours out like roaring rivers, Sam and I stand at this place of healing intent. I reach my arms out wide to receive whatever shall keep me here until He has done all He shall do. I pray my beloved will do the same. I have confidence in the work of my God and His ways. More to be revealed. ..but today its enough to know He’s with us. That this alone is what distinguishes us as His – His presence – nothing more, nothing less. We hover at the mirror, eyes on Him and tracking His finger where He is pointing within, waiting on the grace, holding onto the new mercies He’s promised this morning will provide, yielding to His hands as they reshape the clay that these circumstances have softened enough to submit to Him. And once again, we wait. ..He works, we wait. He shapes, we yield. He holds us, we lean into being held.
A quote from Wayne Stiles book Waiting on God.
This section comes from the chapter titled Letting Go.
To resist or resent the time God’s priorities require amounts to resisting God.
Waiting on God reminds us of those facts. Waiting keeps us humble. Waiting shows us over the passing of time that it’s all about God and none of it is about us – except to the degree that we glorify Him. Remember, the goal is God’s glory, not our productivity or personal fulfillment. In our waiting, God weans us from the pride of having to control everything or understand matters “too difficult for” us (Ps. 131:1). God chooses how we glorify Him. He alone selects which of His servants will produce what levels of output – and yet, He also rewards faithfulness on any level with equal commendation (see Matt. 25:14-23).
God works through our waiting to strengthen our character through weakness, to develop our peace of mind by trusting Him in chaos, to teach us that we can glorify Him just as much by waiting on Him as we can by serving Him. When we choose to find our fulfillment in His glory, then we can wait on Him to open the door of greater influence in His time. That’s really His business entirely. Ours is to live faithfully wherever He puts us now.
God’s timing knows it’s own reasons. Perhaps the delay occurs to test how seriously we will pray. Our maybe, in spite of all we’ve learned, God still has more to teach us. Our maybe the delay has little to do with us at all – because it depends on someone else responding to God.
Whatever the reasons, I’m convinced that in most cases God delays because He wants to give us more than we’re asking for. He loves us enough to wait to give us His best rather than to satisfy our impatience with a quick, cheap substitute. That’s why we mustn’t equate His delay with a deaf ear. Sometimes what seems like God’s apathy is really His mercy.
Slammed doors do more than bend your nose; they keep your heart pliable, sensitive, and available to God’s leading. Not only does He keep secret the difficult valleys you’ll experience (and many of the mountaintops) but also the tremendous lessons you’ll glean no other way. Lessons you didn’t know you needed to learn. Lessons you’ll thank Him for one day. You may fail to recognize God using you significantly because you define God “using you” in terms of what you consider significant: results. God defines results in terms of character. Words like productivity and efficiency remain conspicuously absent from the fruit of the Spirit (see Gal. 5:22-23). These results of God working in your life all reflect character – His character. Character alone produces godly results.
– end quote, (they came from various sections; in order but with some left out for length shortening purposes)
♡ Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ♡