Ahh! I forgot how good it is to be home. To sit in my parents’ house and drink coffee with my Daddy. It is so simply refreshing after 2 months of craziness.
Even to sit in a Bakersfield starbucks doing work… sooo much better then being in Berkeley surrounded by reminders of stress and broken past attempts at doing things…. I am so blessed to be home. :)
who formed you from the womb:
“I am the Lord, who made all things,
who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,
who frustrates the signs of liars
and makes fools of diviners,
who turns wise men back
and makes their knowledge foolish,
who confirms the word of his servant
and fulfills the counsel of his messengers,
who says of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be inhabited,’
and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built,
and I will raise up their ruins’;
who says to the deep, ‘Be dry;
I will dry up your rivers’;
who says of Cyrus, ‘He is my shepherd,
and he shall fulfill all my purpose’;
saying of Jerusalem, ‘She shall be built,’
and of the temple, ‘Your foundation shall be laid.’”"
— Isaiah 44:24-28
Moses said to the Lord, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me… Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.” 14 And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. 16 For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people?Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
So many times we express our desire as Christians for our lives to be guided by God, because we know that a life guided by him is heading in the right direction. Yet Moses has a really good point. In order to be guided by God we need to seek to find favor in his sight and seek to walk with him.
It is also so so beautiful that God’s reply to Moses’s desire is that God would make a way for him to travel with Moses and the Israelites and that his presence will bring rest.
it is so good that when we abide in Christ, no matter what we are called to therefore physically do, we are given true rest. That being able to truly rest is not determined by what you are doing or where you are going, but by abiding in the reality of the LIVING God.
What is also so so good is Moses’s reply that he will not go on without the presence of God. That God’s presence (and therefore our finding rest in him) is what sets us apart from the world and is God’s seal of favor upon us.
Hmm. Personally I have been super super busy, but it is all the blessed work that God has given to me to do to steward his people. More is being added on, but at then same time, I feel an increasing amount of rest and trust in God.
It is super encouraging/important to know that God’s presence is marked not by what we are doing (he is with us whether we are in the wilderness or the promised land) but by whether we are receiving rest from him.
Also it is important that even when the Israelites, or even Moses, complained or messed up, God never took away his presence or his rest. They only lacked rest, because they were unwilling to receive it and therefore unable to receive God. Hmm.. a good warning… don’t be dissatisfied with God and the perfect rest his provides.
Do You Really Love Him?
She has done a good work for Me —Mark 14:6
If what we call love doesn’t take us beyond ourselves, it is not really love. If we have the idea that love is characterized as cautious, wise, sensible, shrewd, and never taken to extremes, we have missed the true meaning. This may describe affection and it may bring us a warm feeling, but it is not a true and accurate description of love.
Have you ever been driven to do something for God not because you felt that it was useful or your duty to do so, or that there was anything in it for you, but simply because you love Him? Have you ever realized that you can give things to God that are of value to Him? Or are you just sitting around daydreaming about the greatness of His redemption, while neglecting all the things you could be doing for Him? I’m not referring to works which could be regarded as divine and miraculous, but ordinary, simple human things— things which would be evidence to God that you are totally surrendered to Him. Have you ever created what Mary of Bethany created in the heart of the Lord Jesus? “She has done a good work for Me.”
There are times when it seems as if God watches to see if we will give Him even small gifts of surrender, just to show how genuine our love is for Him. To be surrendered to God is of more value than our personal holiness. Concern over our personal holiness causes us to focus our eyes on ourselves, and we become overly concerned about the way we walk and talk and look, out of fear of offending God. “… but perfect love casts out fear …” once we are surrendered to God (1 John 4:18). We should quit asking ourselves, “Am I of any use?” and accept the truth that we really are not of much use to Him. The issue is never of being of use, but of being of value to God Himself. Once we are totally surrendered to God, He will work through us all the time."
— My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers