Many sources and voices that clamor for our attention and many schools of thought in the world lately have been swirling around. Two major themes have seemed to dominate the recent narrative FEAR AND HATE. These two pests keep constant assault on our minds.
They have been knocking at the door demanding entrance into our world and lives through our thoughts. I do not want to be taken captive by a Spirit of Fear or of Hatred. Instead, I want to take every thought captive and MAKE it obedient to Christ.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says,”I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. 1 John 4:18-21
I do not want to develop my own way of thinking about things. I never want to think my OWN thoughts, I know I must take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. I want to abide and remain in Him. He is the vine I am just a branch. I have been given the mind of Christ.
I want to draw near to the heart of God and find out what He is thinking. I felt like the child who crawls up into her daddy’s lap and whispers, “Hey, whatcha thinkin?” As I sat with the LORD, He reassured me and reminded me to wait on Him. HE is working and He is moving in this overarching grand story of God in my life and in our world.
Sometimes it is hard for me to wait on God. How about you? Why? I think, sometimes it’s because I think I know what’s best. Yes, indeed. I have had to confess and repent of the fact I think I know better. That’s laughable, right? He’s God!
Or on some occasions, I think I have a desired outcome all figured out, designed perfectly, so I’ll submit it to Him in prayer as a possible idea for consideration. It’s a relationship so He does listen, but not all of my grand ideas are helpful. He needs no counsel.
Or maybe waiting on God is difficult due to impatience required for His perfect timing. Sure, it can be hard to wait. BUT If I really believe God is good and his ways are best, then waiting on God can be freeing even relaxing and peaceful. I need to seek Jesus every day, especially in the storms of life, to gain his thoughts and perspective.
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; but the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 54:6-9
Keep your love on!