Psalm 139:1-4 (ESV)
1 O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
3 You search out my path and my lying down and are
acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord,
you know it altogether.
Isn’t that a beautiful passage of scripture… GOD already knows. HE knows my feelings. HE knows my fears. He knows when I don’t feel like doing something.
I’ll be honest with ya! There are days that I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE IT. I get weary. I get tired. I get to throwing myself a little pity party…
Be honest…Be real…
There are those times, when I wonder why I am even writing, teaching, etc. I feel so unworthy. I AM unworthy. Then..HE shows me again that HE is the reason. He reminds me that HE doesn’t call the equipped…NO, HE equips the called.
Did you notice in the few sentences above that there were a lot of “I” statements?
Here’s what happened this morning:
I sat down at my kitchen table to have my “quiet time“ with God. I was tired. My mind was filled with so many distractions and things that I was concerned about. From questions about what I should be doing with my life to thoughts about my kids starting back to school. I just felt very compelled to be real with God. Before I even opened my Bible, I just talked to God.
I told HIM…as if HE didn’t already know…(see Psalm 139:1-4 above). I told HIM what was on my mind.
You know what? It felt GOOD to be honest with HIM.
He already knows. He appreciates our honesty. More so than that, HE loves for us to admit that we can’t do it alone.
See, true faith begins with humility. True obedience begins with surrender.
There are going to be times when you won’t “feel” like being obedient. There will also be times when you will feel like you aren’t making a difference. Those are the times when you have to take YOU out of the equation and totally put the focus on God.
There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with telling God that you are tired. There is nothing wrong with being completely honest with your Father. He prefers honesty anyways.
We can’t fool HIM.
We CAN trust HIM to lead, guide and direct us.
If I am focused on how I feel…then I am NOT focused on obedience to GOD. Pray for the desire to be obedient. I DO. By the way, did you notice that my word popped up again? Here is the link to the post on Obedience that I posted earlier…if you don’t know what I am talking about.
It boils down to this. This life is NOT ABOUT ME. Tired, weary, confused…those are all “ME” feelings. If I am focused on “ME” then I am not focused on all of the blessings and all of the ways that I can be a blessing to others because of God working through me.
THINGS TO PONDER:
Are you being real with God?
Sometimes I am…and sometimes I forget that HE knows my true feelings.
Do you ever feel weary even though you are actively serving God and others?
I do. When I take my focus off of HIM…and begin thinking of how I feel…When I am being selfish.
Do you realize that GOD knows your thoughts..your heart..the words that are going to slip off of your tongue?
I realize that..but, sometimes I don’t grasp this truth completely.
Does the fact that God already knows your thoughts, etc.. scare you? Does it make you want to apologize to HIM?
It is definitely a humbling thought. It definitely makes ME want to be very careful and thoughtful and to please HIM completely!
I pray that on the days when YOU just don’t feel like doing something that HE has asked you to do, that you will take a step back and be real with God. Take a breath. Pray. Be honest with God. He understands and HE can and will change your heart! You just have to let Him. Like I did…
“If God sends us on stony paths, he provides strong shoes.” ~ Corrie ten Boom
Blessings to you all…
UNTIL NEXT TIME,