Graduating anything takes work, time and sacrifice. Most of the time, the diploma received makes it all well worth it in the end. Forget the misery, sleepless nights of study and coffee breaks full of caffeine induced moments. Once it is over, looking back we wonder “how did we do that?”
Levels of growth are not always within the pages of Shakespeare or Chemical equations. After class or graduation, the hard work begins. And we thought it was difficult staying awake to read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Matryona’s Place.
So it is with learning the ropes of how the world works or making the list of the “survival of the fittest.”
That phrase really doesn’t apply to Biblically speaking formulas. No one is prepared much less able to live one day without God’s intervention. Many believe life is one big cliff waiting to happen or the step-ladder to fame and fortune is not far off.
Either way is a misconception of what God intended.
We tend to believe on the road to life after dissecting innocent frogs in Biology lab or Sweetheart Dances, bumps, potholes and major interruptions to our plans hit from all sides won’t happen to us. But, they do. Memories of those sleepless nights of reading boring Russian authors all of a sudden don’t seem so dull.
Unfortunately it may take years of alternate testing and problematic intrusions before we understand the Creator has been waiting to supernaturally intervene in those hard places. Had we done so early on the rest of the journey may have turned out completely different. The brutality of life blocks the view that any remote thought of joy or peace even exists.
After so many blows we yearn for answers to stop the beatings. Knowing who to run to for help is an answer in itself, but getting to know him personally is the height of harmony.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Reaching for his presence, reading his word and speaking to him as you would your best friend opens the door to entering into his Holy Place. It is there the mysteries of God reveal themselves. It is in that holiness miracles occur, visions appear and prayers are answered before our very eyes.
As much as we may want out of our dire straits, God has waited since the beginning of time for that moment when we seek him for the first time. We were born for his company; to enter into a union of perfect love from him that allows us to begin to discover his character and nature.
Hearing over and over that “Jesus is the answer” doesn’t make any sense when there is no relationship with him. Finding that out can be done by the saint or desperate non-believer who extends to God their hands for a heart to heart makeover.
John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
As he answers the calls he places the “Lampstand of Light” before us so that we might see his spirit upon our soul. You might say it is “bonding” with “Abba” or the Father of us all.
Freedom comes from repentance bringing with it a purification of our guilt and shame. Once our conscience is clear, he begins a process of giving us revelation which is…
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