“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” C. S. Lewis
We naturally try to avoid pain. In fact we were created with senses which aid to this end. We feel heat, so we move away to avoid being burned, we see a flying object and we move to avoid being hit, we hear the sound of something coming toward us and again we move to avoid being struck. Why do we do this? It’s because we are naturally geared for self preservation and to avoid pain. It is no wonder that it is difficult to grasp the fact that God induced pain is good for us.
Desiring God’s best, wanting to avoid spiritual and emotional pain and yet knowing that I will come out better on the other side for having suffered. This is a concept which perplexes me.
Every fiber within me wants to avoid the pain, however, I somehow feel that I should embrace it. This internal battle makes me question if I really want to submit to His best for me or if I would rather just be comfortable.
It is my utmost desire to finish this race well. To trust fully, to suffer gracefully, to remain faithful to Christ no matter what. And it is my utmost fear that I will fail to do so.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”—Exodus 3:5
Often we get caught up in the routine of our day or church that we fail to recognize holy ground. Distracted we ignore God’s presence and consequently miss entering into true worship. Our days move along swiftly from one task to the next, without affording moments with The Creator. Our minds are filled with things to do and problems to solve. In church our thoughts wander as the worship leader sings another song and continue to drift as the preacher delivers the sermon.
How routinly we allow the cares of this world and the light and momentary troubles to render us blind and deaf to the presence and voice of our Maker. But when we think about the fact that The Creator of the Universe wants to have a relationship with us; the Divine desiring to know me…to know you! How is it even possible for us to not stand in awe?
Moses stood in awe of God as he “stopped” and “looked” at the bush that was burning, but not consumed. Moses allowed God to catch his attention. Mesmerized, he then turned toward God and heard Him.
Worshiping God should be anything but drab! Like Moses, when we encounter Jesus we should walk away forever changed.
But do we?
“We make it our aim . . . to be well pleasing to Him.”(2 CORINTHIANS 5:9)
“It requires a conscious decision and effort to keep our primary goal constantly in front of us. It means holding ourselves to the highest priority year in and year out; not making our first priority to win souls, or to establish churches, or to have revivals, but seeking only to be well pleasing to Him. …… My worth to God publicly is measured by what I really am in my private life. Is my primary goal in life to please Him and to be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how lofty it may sound?”
What more can I add to this? Are we pleasing Him in how we live, think and act? Are we following Him or are we too busy doing “important” things publicly that we don’t have time for Him privately? It’s easy to get caught up in doing loftily things, that we no longer have time for that which is truly important.
Excerpt From: Chambers, Oswald. “My Utmost for His Highest.” March 17th reading Discovery House Publishers. iBooks.