Friday, May 20, 2011

Walking with God

24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. (Genesis 5:24. ESV)

Over the last five years I have been taught a little bit about what it is to "walk with God"... and thankfully so, though I have to admit the lessons (a.k.a pruning/refinement) have been very painful!  But, a pilgrimage is a labor of love!  It is my opinion John Bunyan's THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS illustrates it beautifully!

Be Still

10 "Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
 I will be exalted in the earth!"
(Psalm 46:10. ESV.)

I have learned God, not man, is my provider.  No matter where I am or who I am with, God consistently provides for me and my children.  (And generally, it is NEVER how I think He will...nor is it EVER in my own strength!  Yes, I have to do my part---as God places instruction on my heart.  I do not just sit by (like the disciples on the boat) and watch as Jesus does all the work.  He calms the storms in my life but also reminds me to pick up my cross DAILY and follow Him.)

God's Timing is Perfect

11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  (Jeremiah 29:11. ESV.)

I am an inpatient person when it comes to how I want things to work out.  I get an idea, pray, and expect immediate results!  Most of time though, God has something else in mind...waiting (which goes back to being still).  I find though, when I do wait on the Lord (and try not to rush and control things) His way is absolutely, positively, 100% perfection at its divine best!  Why would I want anything less?!

Depending on God Rather Than Man

8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
(Psalm 118:8. ESV.)

There was a time (a season) when I became very dependent on man---professionals, friends, etc.  Each time I should have looked to the Lord, I discovered myself relying on flesh and bone instead.  Instinctively, I would reach for my phone rather than going before the throne of grace.  If I had a legal concern, I contacted an attorney, if I witnessed someone struggling with a matter of the heart and mind, I got advice from a counselor.  (I went above and beyond the average visit to the general practitioner for the yearly checkup.). But to what end?  It only caused me anxiety, stress, and hardship.  Peace comes from trusting completely in God alone!  

Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing

C.J. Mahaney once quoted, "The main thing, is to keep the main thing, the main thing!"  For me, the "Main Thing" is Christ Jesus, His Father, and the Holy Spirit!  When my focus and attention wander, it is NOT pretty!  My sins of frustration and discontentment kick into full gear.  I hear myself saying the word "hate" more times than I would like to admit as I admire the grass so seemingly green on the opposite side of the fence.  I imagine it is most difficult (if not impossible) to see Christ's radiant reflection in me during those times!

10,000 Hours

I heard recently it takes 10,000 hours to be good at something.  If I only spent one hour each Sunday studying the Word of God that would only be 52 hours per year.  Which, of course, means it would take roughly 193 years for me to be "good at" understanding the scriptures!  Given this is no longer Old Testament times, I have good reason to believe my years are numbered quite a bit less (on this earth) than 193.  I recon it would be wiser for me to spend as much time in bible study as possible.  (One hour each day equals 365 a year which would take 28 years to be "good at" it.  Now that is within reach!)

In Conclusion

Elijah and Enoch had it right.  Their relationship with God was so close and so involved it was like just another day at the office to transition/ be taken/ be carried into the very presence of God without death.

24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.  (Genesis 5:24. ESV)

11 And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.  (2 Kings 2:11. ESV.)

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