WHY NOT MORE OF JESUS AND ALL HE HAS TO GIVE?
WHY NOT NOW INSTEAD OF LATER, WHY NOT HERE INSTEAD OF ELSEWHERE.
“LORD GIVE ME ALL OF YOU HERE AND NOW THAT YOU LONG TO GIVE ME. YOU DELIGHT IN GIVING GOOD GIFTS TO YOUR CHILDREN. GIVE ME YOURSELF. YOU HAVE PROMISED TO GIVE ME THE DESIRE OF MY HEART, AS LONG AS THAT DESIRE IS YOU AND YOUR GOALS, YOUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. LORD I BELIEVE, LORD I DO DESIRE YOU. HELP MY UNBELIEF, HELP MY LIMITED DESIRE AND TEACH ME TO PANT AFTER YOU AS A RUNNING DEER PANTS FOR THE COOL RUNNING WATERS.
I remember when we were homeschooling our 5 children, they all went through struggles with seeing how little they could learn and how much trouble they could give us as we struggled to teach them. Yet, learning is a glorious privilege. What was wrong with them? They had fallen victim to the lie that labor is an irritant and if others want you to do something then you are controlled if you do.
I believe that struggling labor is God’s gift to us to help us in our struggle with temptation and sin. There was labor before sin entered the world. God labored to create. Adam was given labor. Then God added thorns to the equation to teach us to hate sin, and if we rejoice in the consequences of our iniquity and the iniquity of our ancestors, He will enter our circumstances and walk them with us. We never labor alone. We are fellow soldiers, fellow laborers with God and our brethren.
Perhaps the greatest freedom is the freedom to do what is good for us even when we feel pushed into doing it and even when the other person will take credit for pushing us. Children try to establish the illusion of independence by resisting wise and godly advice and by fighting to do the minimum.
Research suggests that our brains have almost an infinite storage and learning capacity! However it take time and effort to store the information or imprint the skill. I believe we also have an infinite capacity to long for and delight in THE INFINITE ONE. Don’t forget grace and become overwhelmed but do rest in the here and now and look for God’s mind, and heart and character in what is happening. Then pause and worship and delight. Does He lead you into persecution and labor beyond your capacity (remember everything is beyond your capacity) REJOICE and be EXCEEDING glad. You are priveleged to be in good company, the Lord’s and the saints who have gone before you. Your labor is not useless no matter the immediate outcome. You are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses even if no one notices the struggle, the Lord and they do!
In ALL your ways, seek to know Him better, give thanks ALWAYS for EVERYTHING. Let Him be in ALL your thoughts. Lord help me to have so much of you that you are in ALL my thought words and deeds. Be my ALL in ALL. Let those around me not think of me a fanatical but as not being present at all and instead may they see you and marvel at your beauty and wisdom!