Saturday, August 5, 2017

Will You Answer When God Calls Or Will You Block His Number

"…and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished."…But they understood none of these things… —Luke 18:31, 34

{CHAMBERS} “God called Jesus Christ to what seemed absolute disaster. […] But what seemed to be failure from man’s standpoint was a triumph from God’s standpoint, because God’s purpose is never the same as man’s purpose. […] The call of God can never be understood absolutely or explained externally; it is a call that can only be perceived and understood internally by our true inner-nature. The call of God is like the call of the sea— no one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him. What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because His call is simply to be His friend to accomplish His own purposes. Our real test is in truly believing that God knows what He desires. The things that happen do not happen by chance— they happen entirely by the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out His own purposes.  If we are in fellowship and oneness with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, then we will no longer strive to find out what His purposes are. […] And we begin to see that the compelling purpose of God lies behind everything in life, and that God is divinely shaping us into oneness with that purpose.”

{ELGIN} (Isaiah 55:8-9) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”  One day, long ago, when I had some time on my hands, I tried to imagine infinity.  I didn’t get there .. to infinity that is.  My puny brain could not take me there.  But God is there.  Always has been.  We get into trouble when we try to figure spiritual things out in our carnal minds.  We think about what is logical, what is reasonable, what is common sense.  All of that in the context of our humanity.  Our relationship with God is based upon faith … not our imagination.  And faith, as you know, is based on what is hoped for and what is not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)  I still recall when we were just understanding that God was calling us to serve in Haiti, a friend in Waveland looked me squarely in the face and asked “Are you crazy?!”  I replied, “It’s not my idea, it’s God’s calling.”  And so it is with our new life, not just mine, but ours. 

God has called us according to His purpose, not our pleasure.  I don’t think our earthly comfort is of much concern to Him.  Jesus said we have to be prepared to make our affection for earthly things, even our own families, subordinate to our love for God.  Many, many people stumble when their greatest love is revealed through His call … I can’t quit my job … I can’t take my wife to a place like that,  leave my parents … I can’t sell my house or change my standard of living … not even for God.  (Psalm 51:16-17)  “For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.”  Listen, it is not the surrendering of things that God is interested in.  It is the surrendering of your heart and its passion for those things above God that He desires.  What is it that you have placed on the altar of your heart that you love more than God?  That is the real reason you say no to God when He calls you.  Confess it and repent.  You won’t regret it.

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