November 21, 2012

Proverbs 3:32 for the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.

Are you on good terms with God? Do you want to be? Those are questions we need to ask ourselves. If the answer to either is no, then we are in rebellion against Him, and that’s hardly a good place to be. The book of Proverbs focuses on practical, day-to-day living, and this certainly fits into that category. However, a lot of people don’t realize that, and essentially ignore God, not recognizing that failure to respond to His desire for fellowship with us is rebellion against Him. Because we can’t see God with our physical eyes, many of us have trouble grasping emotionally that He is real. However, in times of emergency, practically everyone cries out to Him! Actually, that’s the biggest reason He allows emergencies to arise, because He wants us to open our hearts to Him as His children. As a father myself, I can relate to how painful it must be to God for most of His children to ignore Him! The first step in being on good terms with God is indeed, simply to want to be. Another way of expressing that is to say, love Him. The Bible is filled with injunctions to love God, from Moses (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) to John (1 John 4:7~) Jesus made it very clear that love involves obedience (John 14:21, 23), and that’s precisely why so many do not love Him: we don’t want to obey! The thing is, all of God’s commands are for our good, so failure to obey hurts us more than anyone else. That’s why “His commands are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3) An upright person is on good terms with God because they recognize that God desires the very best for them, so they strive to be obedient to Him.

This is very much where the Lord has brought me, and I am deeply grateful. Recently I’ve watched several YouTube videos of Heidi Baker, and have been moved to hear that intimacy with God is the secret to her ministry. Thinking about it, Dennis Balcomb told me much the same thing, though in different words. Paul is of course the perfect Biblical example, placing intimacy with God above and before everything else. (Philippians 3:8-11) I hope I’m there in my priorities, but I don’t know that I’m there in my practice, and that’s where the rubber hits the road. My use of time is the biggest issue. I have a persistent tendency to think of my time as my own, rather than something entrusted to me by God for His purposes. I need to be open and obedient to Him for every moment, so that His will may be done in and through me for His glory.

Father, thank You for how far You’ve brought me. Thank You for the awareness of how far I yet have to go. Keep me from stagnating at any point. Rather, keep me moving closer and closer to You, so that as Christ is demonstrated through me, more and more people may be drawn to repentance and faith, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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