Saturday, February 5, 2011

On a Personal Note

I have been thinking about this post for some time.  On one hand, this blog is not meant for me to lay out my own personal issues for all the world but on the other hand there is a lesson in the things we go through in life.  That said, today's post will be personal, it will be a prayer request.

My wife and I are praying about many things.  Well, we are basically praying about everything.  We are praying about whether or not we are being called out of our current church, back to our old church, or to another church altogether.  We are praying if we should be living where we are or if we should be looking to relocate and if so should we head north closer to where I work or somewhere else entirely.  We are praying about our jobs and with either or both of us need to change that part of our lives.  We are also praying about starting a family and while our desire is to start a family soon we have surrendered that part of our relationship to God.  Basically, everything is on the table.

And that is the lesson, everything needs to be on the table.  When I was thinking of doing this post, my thinking was that it was a series of choices between two things.  Do we live here or do we move north? Do we continue at our current church or go back to my old church?  Do I leave my job, does she leave her's?  But after yesterday's post, I have come to the conclusion that it is not for us to give God a series of choice but just to completely surrender ourselves to His will.  It is not for us to go to God and ask Him to change some parts of our lives but leave others just the way they are.  It is not about coming to God and asking Him to help us in one area but to leave us on our own in another.  It is not about going to God with a list a choices and asking Him which is the right one.  It is not about coming to God and asking for His will as long as it is one of our preferred choices.  That is not submission or surrender at all.  That is making God into our servant as some mystical genie obligated to grant our wishes.  Our lives need to be about surrender.  We need to come to God not with our own ideas, plans, or preferences and ask Him to bless them.  It is about us coming to God void of our own worthless wisdom and ideas totally submitted and surrendered to Him.  It is about denying ourselves and coming to God not as his lord, but as His servant eager to do His will.  When we get to that place in our lives, only will we find the contentment we strive for.  It is only totally submitted to Him where we will find our joy. 

So, please join my wife and I as we lay our lives out on the table and ask God to create the life He has for us.   We know that there will be times when we struggle with our old selves or our own desires.  We know that God's path is not always the obvious or easy path and so we know that there will be some steps of faith.  What I do know is that whatever it is, my wife and I will be doing it as one flesh, abiding together in our Lord and with that as our reality we know we can do all things, through Christ, who is our strength.  I will end today with the Scripture that really spoke to me yesterday.  I hope to keep this verse before me because in the end it is not about God blessing whatever pitiful wisdom or plans I may come up with, but about me submitting to His plans. 
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, "Are You for us or for our adversaries?" So He said, "No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, "What does my Lord say to His servant?"

3 comments:

  1. Please be assured of our prayers as you seek the Lord in all things.

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  2. the more i have walked with Him...the more i have come to the conclusion that you and Robin have come to...it is all out on the table..yours to surrender to Him. I have always prayed that His will would always be made abundantly clear to Bill and I...He has been so faithful at opening and closing and shining His light on the path in front of us. Wait on Him...the best of plans.

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