“[H]allowed is Your name!”[i] (Matt. 6: 9) follows the address to “our Father who is in heaven” in the only prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to say. After addressing the Father, Jesus taught us to praise Him. He is deserving of all our praise! Continue reading “Hallowed is Your Name”
“[I]s it that my help is not within me….?” (Job 6:13)
That is a rhetorical question of course. We all know the story of Job. He was a man of wealth, influence and great blessing, and then it was all taken from him in a short time.
We like to think that we have the ability within ourselves to overcome any obstacle, even ourselves. Let’s face it: many of our obstacles in life are the result of our own doing, the flaws in our own character.
“[H]e chose us in him before the foundation[i] of the world….” (Eph. 1:4) God foresaw and foreknew us and had plans for us from the beginning.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them. (Ps. 139:16)
God has brought you to this place; or more accurately, God foreknew you in this place. Whether you feel like you have been following God, God has been leading you, or you are just wandering in the wilderness, you are where God knew you would be from before the creation of the world when God chose you.
We think in terms of home and destination, but the fact is that we are on a journey. We are not home, and our destination is not a place that we can get to on our own.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning[i] of wisdom[ii]….” is a statement in Proverbs that seems as old and worn in this modern age as it is familiar. (Prov. 9:10) We tend to gloss over the statement as if it were a simplistic notion from a different time in human history, like an obsolete tool that has little present use or a crude instrument that causes more damage than the good it was once thought to produce. We tend to think that we now know better than to consider fear to be helpful in these enlightened times.
“For it is God who works in you….” (Phil. 2:13)
When we think in terms of being obedient to God and living for God, we tend to think about results. Results are achievement oriented. Our whole world in Western society is ordered that way. It’s no wonder that we think in those terms about our spiritual lives.
The results we recall tend to be the accomplishments we have achieved.
God’s perspective is wholly different than ours. He doesn’t consider what we have accomplished, but what HE has been allowed to accomplish in us. We are participants in that accomplishment, but only as the ground receives the rain that falls upon it. Continue reading “As the Ground Receives the Rain”