I felt compelled to pick up where I left you in my last post…
I shared: “You are not done, no matter what your circumstances might tell you! No matter what the dark skies might communicate, God says, “You are uniquely appointed to this time! I have chosen you to be my light in the darkness. Let the words of your mouth and the work of your hands declare my glory!””
Sometimes, it’s all we can do—to believe God, regardless of what our surroundings tell us…to know that my life is on purpose.
Our faith was not given as a quick fix program. It does not give us access to supernatural powers that we can wield on a whim. At the end of the day, we believe God because we’ve been appointed. We keep moving, working, and creating because life and calling demand it.
The Word puts it this way: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13, ESV, emphasis added). No where in scripture does it tell us that we are exempted from the “evil day”—those days will come. They are a part of life. That’s the world we live in. We are bombarded by all kinds of forces on any given day. But…what defines who you really are is God’s call through you revealing what standing looks like.
Standing reveals our resolve to be who we say we are. It says, “I’m not going anywhere! No matter what you throw at me, I will be the person God has asked me to be!” It’s an opportunity to make real our divine story in the real world. Like you, I don’t always like that call. I would rather be exempted from the fight. I often think, “Lord, can’t we do this a different way? Isn’t there an easier road you can lead me down?”
Understand, as we “Journey in 2018,” know that you are becoming what you need to be in the places God has called you to “stand!” These places are not meant to shame you, but to call you higher. They reveal to others not only what God’s love looks like, but what it does. These places force us to reach down into the core of who are and find the presence and grace of our Lord. It’s only in these times where the passage is made more real when Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, ‘Out of His heart will flow rivers of living water.’” (John 7:38, ESV)
Here’s the beauty of it all. Rivers carve out lands that stubbornly resist change. They bend and twist the land into gorgeous landscapes. Given enough time, they move boulders that are immovable to human strength. Rivers forcefully design the environment to be what it was intended to be. In you, God has placed a forceful river that will change everything in its path, if you let it.
So, we stand where we’ve been given to stand. We let the river do it’s job in the place of our assignment. Beauty and glory are being created. For the transformation the process brings, is not only for you, but for all who gaze upon and experience the landscape created.