"So promise me you'll never forget...that you aren't an accident or an incident...you are a gift to the world, a divine work of art, signed by God. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on this earth...Flooded by emotion, overcome by pride, the Starmaker turns to us, one by one, and says, 'You are my child. I love you dearly.'" Max Lucado, God Thinks You're Wonderful

Monday, July 28, 2008

Let me be silent so that I may hear the whispers of God

After my post yesterday I really began to think of all of the ways God has made this silence just cover me in every way. My cell phone minutes ran out almost completely about 5 days ago. Coincidence? I think not. My ipod won't hold ANY charge. I have to run for an hour in the morning in SILENCE. Again, I try to see God working in everything in my life. He is begging for me to "shut it" and just wait.

Even my little emails that come in the mornings from Proverbs 31 ministries have been speaking directly to our situation.

Here were the last 3 days titles:

Running By Faith

Only God sees the Big Picture

This is Only a Test

Today's was so moving that I have to share it with you. Please take the time to read this. It will apply to all of us and our daily struggles. It so much applies to what God is wanting from us....That we may spend our time chasing after Him, and not after the things He's blessed us with.

Love you all. No news. There will be a post if I hear ANYTHING.

Proverbs 31 ministries email:
Say the word “test” and most people cringe. That’s because tests bring undue stress and pressure that we’d rather live without. Nonetheless, tests have many purposes. They analyze our intelligence or skill; determine what we have learned, and reveal who we are. Then there are spiritual tests. They often try our faith and commitment to God.

Remember the story of Abraham and his beloved son, Isaac, found in Genesis chapter 22? Pause to read it if you haven’t. Through Isaac God was going to build a nation! Can you imagine the pride Abraham must have had for his son? Nothing makes me prouder than to see one of my children succeed, and Abraham knew God had great plans for his son. What on earth could go wrong—especially with a promised child?

You and I both know a lot can go wrong. We’ve probably stood in Abraham’s sandals once or twice in our life times too. And like Abraham, we’ve clung to the promises of God. Yet, sickness lingers, financial troubles invade, friends betray us, and eventually death calls. How do we respond?

Abraham responded with great love, trust, and commitment when God asked for his only son to be sacrificed. Don’t think it was easy for him. Just because you and I know the outcome of the story doesn’t mean Abraham did. He had to trust God every step of the way. Abraham’s mind must have been plagued with thoughts such as, “This doesn’t make sense, Lord.” “You promised, Lord.” “Help me, Lord.”

Determined to obey God no matter the cost, Abraham prepared to take his son’s life. In that dramatic moment, and just in the nick of time, God called from heaven and released both the child and Abraham from the test.

It was only a test. God never wanted the death of Isaac. He wanted the surrendered heart of Abraham. Just as God planned, the test revealed Abraham’s undying love and commitment to God. I believe that Abraham’s faith was expanded too that day in the sufficiency and care of his loving Father.

Unfortunately, this is an area God will always test you and me. More than anything God wants our whole and committed hearts. As painful as some tests are, God is using them to grow us into all He has designed us to be. When our trials don’t make sense, we can trust God. He has promised to set limits on our trials—to walk with us in the midst of them, and to bring forth good.

The question for you and me today is this. When God doesn’t behave like we think He should, when it seems like He has turned the other way and broken every promise, will we still love and trust Him?

When the pregnancy test is negative, will you still love Him? When your loved one dies, will you still love Him? When the job interview falls flat, will you still love Him? When no treatment can be found, will you still love Him?

Dear Lord, I’m guilty of chasing your blessings more than chasing after You. You are all I need. I recommit my heart to you and I will trust you in my present situation. May your will—not mine—be done, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.


Julie said...

Wow, thanks Molly I need to live life right there relying completely on God and chasing after Him more than His blessings. You are an incredible woman and I'm blessed to know you. We are praying for you, Blake and the boys believing and trusting that God really does know what He's doing!
Love you all,
Julie and her boys

Becki Francy said...

Hmmmm...Well I am sitting here in tears. I know shocking at 6 mos pregnant that I would cry. You are so faithful, you allow your struggles to be seen by others so that they may grow and be blessed. You have blessed me today. And my answer? Yes. I will still love him, seek him and yearn for closeness with God. And so have you. Thank you for that today. I love you.

Laura said...

Oh, my wise "little" sister. You have always shown me such a great example. What an awesome devotion! I would love to sign up to get those....Love you girly!

Stephanie said...

Oh this so spoke to me today! It is just continued to pound in the truths God has been teaching my heart lately. Thank you so much for sharing in the midst of your struggle. Authenticity is hard to come by these days but I think God truly delights in it. We learn so much when others are REAL! You are such a precious blessing and I am continuing to pray as you wait. God IS faithful!