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Then they said to each other, “Let’s build a city and a tower for ourselves, whose top will reach high into the sky. We will become famous. Then we will not be scattered over all the earth.”- Genesis 11:4 (NCV)
Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not be able to understand each other.- Genesis 11:7 (NCV)
The place is called Babel since that is where the Lord confused the language of the whole world. So the Lord caused them to spread out from there over the whole world.- Genesis 11:9 (NCV)
I believe James the brother of the Lord said it best in his epistle: “But you do not know what will happen tomorrow! Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away. So you should say, “If the Lord wants, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:14-15, NCV). Perhaps, as I think on it, we can begin to see how the Word compliments and confirms itself.
God has a will. We can either be in it or out of it. There is no middle of the road or fence to straddle when it comes to His will. To be in His will, you experience an abundant joy that seems to permeate and radiate from deep within you beyond normal understanding. To be out of His will, it feels as if you are constantly condemned and perpetually punished. You feel forgotten and forsaken when you find yourself outside of God’s will.
God doesn’t intend for you to go there, but you have that option. You see, He endowed you with a free will. You make choices. You make moral choices, life decisions, and those have impacts and sometimes even consequences.
These people started out simple with a shared idea, and then it grew into something totally different that became about them and not God. It was about gaining notoriety and fame, not giving God the glory and praise. It was all about them with little to do with God.
See where God stepped in. See how God stepped in. Learn the lesson. In His will = good. Out of His will = look-out time. He has something ready for those in either category.
Where are you with God? In His will or …?
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Knowing that we are fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that really gives rest to the restless human heart. -Chuck Colson
The Word of God is ripe with countless accounts of individuals called into service by God. Whether it is Isaiah seeing the Lord high and lifted up or fishers by the Sea of Galilee called to follow the Messiah and be made to become fishers of men, people are called upon by God. People are called by God and a response is expected from the one being called by God.
God expects a response from those whom He calls. The called must realize that God is calling them from their former life into a new life when it comes to salvation. Service is a lot different. John the Baptist was called to prepare the way for the Lord. Jeremiah was called to share of Israel’s captivity. God calls His servants for a purpose. He wants to do something through you. He wants to use you as a vessel, where He can pour into you and pour out what He pours into you before the people who need to hear it and see it.
Do you sense God’s calling upon your life? Is He urging you to do more for Him? Is He leading you to new experiences and opportunities that you never noticed around you before?
What are you doing with God’s calling? How are you responding? Are you prayerful about it? Have you asked God to make it plain and clear to you? Have you fasted about it? Is it on your prayer list?
Are you responding or retreating? Ask Moses about excuses. Ask Elisha about having attachments. Ask Peter what it may cost you. Check with Jonah about reluctance, resistance and running. Respond to God’s call with an appropriate response.
It seems to happen every so often. I think it happens less often nowadays since I am more aware of it. It just creeps up as if it had been lingering for days, waiting on me and ready to pounce at the first open opportunity. I try to avoid it, but it stays nearby. Like I said, since I am more aware, it pops up less frequently but it still shows up.
Truly, it’s my other side. it is the part of me that I have tried to fight off daily by going to Lord in prayer and searching out His Word. It’s my first nature and it can be troublesome. It gets under my skin because,well, it dwells within me and wages war with the me that I desperately want to be. Prayer helps. Wise counsel does, too. Bible study comforts me and so does praise. Nonetheless, it comes up every now and then, so I beg you to forgive me.
The Bible makes a clear distinctionbetween that which is created and the Creator Himself. God is the self-existing, creative force that spoke and light shined, life came into being, and He saw that it was good. What is troubling is when that which is created seems to forget that it is under the power of the Creator. God created us with a free will, the ability to choose and make decisions for ourselves, and it is that very free will that brings about challenges with our own thoughts and intensions versus the ways of the Lord. We are to submit to the Lord’s will, not our own. We are to pray that our heart’s desires and wishes match up with the Lord’s will. It is by keeping within His will that we stay close to the Creator. Pray daily that your footsteps are along the path that the Lord has set for you that day.
Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.– Psalm 119:151 (KJV)
“The aim of good works is that God may be glorified.”- Andrew Murray