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Friday, November 20, 2009

Rocky Ground

"Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise."

Jeremiah 17:14 (NASB)

This is the scripture of the day on my blog when I came to post. It fits, as these always seem to do! It fits because I was just marveling with the Truth of God's timing. See, He's not bound by time. And He hears all prayers. Sometimes I pray and when what I was praying for doesn't come to pass in what I think is a reasonable time I think I must have been praying for the wrong thing, that it wasn't God's will. But then I realize that God is apart from time. Prayers I prayed when I was 12 may not be answered until I'm 80! And that's reasonable in God's eyes. And this is a joyous thing, because it makes me realize that the praying, not watching for the results is my responsibility.

Now, selfish prayer is not great. Now, just like anyone I'll pray for things I want: money, a paying job, nice clothes, a car, whatever. But I try to always pray with the understanding that that's a wishlist. But when I pray for others, it's different. Or when I pray for the ending of a sin in my life. But God always hears. He always answers, even though often not in the way we expect.

I've had some people in my life lately who seem to order God around. They say "Deliver me from my debt!" and then travail for hours, expecting God to deliver them. If I suggest that maybe there is a purpose for the debt, they get shocked and act like I am ignorant. But I think it's a question of timing maybe. I do think God wants us to not be in debt, in principle. But sometimes it's needed, for humility. To help us relate to others in dire debt maybe. To keep us from buying a house we weren't supposed to, or applying for a loan in a doomed to fail venture. How can you know?

But what we do know is this: that our lives will unfold for our good, if we love our God. But our motivation needs to be our love for Him, not our own good. It's the "he who seeks to save his life will lose it, but he who loses it will save it" thing. If we seek to live our lives for ourselves, it we say "I believe in Jesus because I don't want to go to hell" or something like that, then we're not in balance. Now, don't get me wrong. I think that has often been a valid reason for people to come to the Lord. But it's not a reason to abide in Him. If you don't then begin to live for Him, then you're one of the seeds that is snatched away by the birds. You received it, but it was snatched away because the soil was rocky.

The thing about rocky soil though, is it can be tilled. And I believe that prayer comes and tills hearts so that the seed can be recieved. And so I pray for you, and love you.

I love you.

Amen.

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