Thursday, July 28, 2016

Be Faithful When It's Difficult

Moses has always intrigued me, because this great leader went through so much in his life. He was never permitted during his lifetime to enter the promised land.  He lived a holy life to the Lord while being surrounded by people who were constantly grumbling against him and the Lord.  The people were so rebellious, that only two who left Egypt from about a million were able to enter the promised land.

When Moses went to get the ten commandments the first time, God delivered them personally to him on the mountain. Exodus 31:18 - "When the Lord finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two tablets of the covenant law, the tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God." When Moses came down he smashed the tablets of stone, because the people were participating in idolatry.  The people that God freed from Egypt were constantly complaining and rebelling. God was so angry with the people, He wanted to wipe them out and start over again with Moses. Moses pleaded with God for the people and the Lord relented. Now, notice how the second stone tablets were acquired.  Deuteronomy 10:1 - "At that time the Lord said to me, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to me on the mountain. Also make a wooden ark."  

Did you see it?  Moses had to carve the tablets out and bring them up the mountain.  It was not hand delivered like the first time. And this time Moses has to go up with the stone tablets. Moses is over 80 years of age.  Why would God require this of Moses?  I believe there are many hard things we are required to do.  I believe God tests us at times to see if we will be faithful.  We are all facing hard situations whether financially, emotionally, in our relationship with others,or in the foggy direction/decisions of our lives.  Are you going to follow the Lord during this difficulty?  Are you going to love the unlovable?  Are you going to go the extra mile, when it's incredibly difficult?  Are you going to keep fervently serving the Lord when you see no way out?  Moses did!  Let's learn from Moses.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Before Real Life Is Brokeness

The psalmist states in 119:136 (NLT), "Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions."  I know I'm not perfect and I disobey the Lord's instructions, but what grieves me so much is to see people in a pattern of disobedience, while claiming to know Jesus as their Savior.  I identify with the psalmist as he is saddened in seeing God's own people not fully engaged with the one they call Lord.  I guess what really troubles me is seeing people who claim God still chasing after things of this world that ultimately will not fulfill them.  Anything this world tries to offer as a solution leads only leads to emptiness.

David was called a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22).  In other words, David wanted what God wanted.  David's heart was inclined towards God's heart.  If we are to people like David (people after God's own heart), then we need to be willing to let go.  We need to be willing to let go of self and be consumed with God.  

For the David, as with us, the key to tuning in to God's heart wave is brokenness.  When David realized his sin he was able to connect to God's heart.  David makes this amazing statement in Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."  In brokenness God can join us, because we are willing to let go of self for God's holy filling.  This is how we find fulfillment or real life.  When we come to God in brokenness, God is able to lead us as David states in Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Do you want a fulfilled life?  Do you want real life?  It all comes in a proper relationship with God.  Why would you want anything else?  Stop chasing after the world which leads to despair and emptiness.  Be willing to be broken in heart, so that God's filling refreshment will rain down on your soul.