180 Days of Boasting about God – Day 176

I have lived in the goodness of God!

As I prepared for my Sunday school class tomorrow, I felt the Holy Spirit instructing me to read the commentary. So, I did.

Luke 9:57-63 speaks of Jesus’ response to persons wanting to follow him. Honestly, I’ve read these stories before but this time was different.

The first man said he’d follow Jesus wholeheartedly. Jesus said that foxes have holes and birds have nest but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head.

For the first time, I’ve realised that I’ve never cautioned anyone like this. It’s important that we know that being a Christian (follower of Jesus) will not be comfortable. We won’t have a set place to rest and settle. This word still applies though most of us are not moving around physically to spread the gospel.

How does it apply?

At every stage of this journey, you’ll get uncomfortable. This normally signals a change of pace or season. You’ll be unsatisfied with where you are and your relationship with God. You’ll want more. You’ll always be in a position to shift.

There is no spiritual state that we can return to when we’re weary, we have to keep going.

As we keep going, we have no safe space (fox hole) to run back to. We’ll be more exposed to spiritual elements and danger.

However, know this, Jesus IS with you if you take this step. We don’t need holes/nests because he’ll be our resting place and shelter. We don’t need a safe haven because we’ll be dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. I know this because I’ve lived it.

180 Days of Boasting about God – Day 176

Gosh! On some days, the calling is hard to execute. I just find myself pulling back and saying it’s too much.

But there’s a sweet reassurance that overtakes me when I humbly say yes to the calling once more.

The thing about Daddy is that he’s patient during the periods when I want to say, “No, it’s too much”. But the moment I say, “Yes, Lord, yes to your will and to your way”, I feel an instant sense of calm.

Daddy doesn’t play when it comes to letting me feel his presence. He’s never stand-off-ish or berates me for being stubborn or disobedient. He instantly let’s me feel his peace, to symbolise that not only am I doing the right thing but he hears me and is with me.

180 Days of Boasting about God – Day 176

God made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I cleaned up my act, he gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I’ve kept alert to God ’s ways; I haven’t taken God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.
2 Samuel 22:21‭-‬25 MSG

This passage reflects how I feel. 

I was broken but God didn’t reject me.  Instead, he uses his pottery skills and put me back together again.

He didn’t like where I was taking my life.  So, he re-directed me and gave me a new start. 

I try daily to live by his word and do what he says out of a loving response to his love for me.  It’s hard to turn my back on, and be ungrateful to, a God who is literally everything to me and who believed in me when I had doubts about myself. 

I showed him the state of my heart and he reorganised my life through his eyes. 

Now, let me be honest. I do not feel like my life is where it’s supposed to be and I don’t think I’m who I’m meant to be.  However, I know that he’s still working on me and mending those areas that are still shattered.

And I trust Daddy completely to finish the work he has started.