I love learning how God works in other individuals’ lives (good thing as I spend hours each week doing that same thing!).
This morning in our adult class on Jeremiah, we talked about how hard it must have been for the young prophet in many different ways, including that he did not have the benefit of reading his own story within the Bible, and especially, with knowing the Incarnate Christ.
I’m not sure how he did it. But, he did as God makes all possible.
In my own life, God directs my steps – who to marry, when to have kids, how to raise them, and I must admit – I sin in not letting God direct my spending of money at all times. (I picked up a “comfort” cup of Caribou on the way to Chapel View to lead worship this afternoon instead of using the money to feed others.)
In my work, I rely on God to help me discern who to visit when, and especially what to pray about at the end of our visit. I can feel the difference when I am relying on myself and when I am fully open to the Holy Spirit.
As with F-1.01 of the Foundations of Presbyterian Polity, “Human beings have no higher goal in life than to glorify and enjoy God now and forever, living in covenant fellowship with God and participating in God’s mission.” Mission meaning, “the transformation of creation and humanity by proclaiming to all people the good news of God’s love, offering all people the grace of God at font and table, and calling all people to discipleship in Christ.” And with F-1.0202, “Christ alone rules, calls, teaches, and uses the Church as he wills.”
God is my ultimate – directing my path – as I submit to Christ.
God, thank you for sending us Your Son! I dare not think where we would be without Him!
We may use one term or another, but as long as I know I am doing what I can to follow Christ, to do whatever God calls me to do, I know I am God’s servant. I am not perfect in following Christ. I’m going to buy that cup of coffee again, and another box of Legos for my son. That immediate comfort and joy is only temporary. I feel the sin sink deep into my bones as I look around my house and know I am blessed beyond anything I deserve or can ever work to deserve.
God is merciful. God is glorious. God is gracious. God knows more about myself – my past, present and future – than I will ever imagine.
I admit to have a difficulty with words. In Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek, English, Spanish or German, all the expressions and definitions and metaphors cannot compare to the fullness of God acting in my life.
I feel blessed with every breath God allows me to breathe. I am thankful for every blessing and comfort and joy and tear that God provides me.
And in that, I can only kneel in praise as I have no words to adequately and accurately relate the complexity of God’s relationship with me. Perhaps that is why I will never run out of things to say about God!
Gracious Lord, you created us from nothing. Help us open our hearts and minds to you so that Your Word may direct our every step. Transform us into to who you created us to be, not who we think is best or find convenient for the moment. Lord, thank you. Amen.