Whether God sends us into the wilderness or directs us to the well ….the purpose of the exercise is not about what is the easier or least painful path for us to choose but about the ways God works in our lives to draw us closer to His heart for us and His purposes for our lives here on earth…
Many Christians speak of the confusion and frustration of living in the world but not being of the World, including myself. As I contemplate where the balance to the equation might lay I sense the still small voice, the Holy Spirit of God whispering to my heart….
Each of us as followers of Christ desiring to be disciples of Christ must learn to become still, to sit and wait even when it is uncomfortable, to stand firm in truth revealed even when others persecute us, to listen with an open heart to hear, and to not speak or act in accordance with the ways of world which are countercultural to God’s.
We must be trained in order to live like this. We must learn to be still with ourselves and with God. We must learn to sit and wait in prayer for wisdom to flow from the heart of God in Heaven into our hearts and minds and soul through His Word and through the circumstances that He sometimes uses to connect us to His Word written so many years ago.
God wants to disciple us and uses the wilderness and the well to challenge us and to grow us into sanctified servants He can use for His plans and purposes….to be in the world but not of the world……Set apart….Sanctified….Willing to be different than the world…
As we take the time to pray and to be still and then to listen for the still small voice to whisper to our hearts we will learn how it is that He has created each of us individually to be in this world and yet not of it. We may trip and stumble over and over again but through the process we will grow deeper in love with the One who sent His son Jesus Christ to earth to Redeem us and clothe us in His Robe of Righteousness.
In time we will begin to see that indeed his Word teaches us everything we need to know to live as a disciple of Christ even in this world that is taking God out of most everything. He shows us in His perfect ways that His Grace is enough for all our failures and shortcomings and that the blood covered all of our sins and our hearts were created to belong to Him.
It is with our hearts we must learn to listen and in order to listen through our hearts we must be willing to allow Him to cleanse it of all that is not Christlike, He calls those things sin.
As we repent of our sins and surrender our hearts to him we will begin to sense His still small voice, we will sense and know that it is Him because it will not sound like the world or the thoughts that we might think. It is a process and in time we will begin to respond to the whispers for our hearts that He sends to guide and direct and warn and influence and intertwine our lives together with His will for us. We will learn to live in this world and not be of this world….we will become confident enough in Christ to live in peace no matter the circumstance….
Whether we find ourselves aware that we are wandering aimlessly in the wilderness or sitting at the well weary of desperately seeking to hear His still small voice I encourage each of us to REMEMBER that there is purpose in the quest…. He is FAITHFUL…Do not give up or give in..
He has brought each of us to where we are to help us through His Holy Spirit become all that He created us to be…..His son, His daughter, His child created by Him to live with joy and peace and victory in this world and not be of this world..to be set apart…to make a difference….FOR HIM….
Lord God I pray for your still small voice to whisper to the hearts of those who are in the wilderness, to those who are at your well seeking to drink from the truth of your Word, to those who are in the process of traveling back to you from their detour into the world, or to those that whom are sitting out on the sidelines not quite sure of who you are but seeking to know. I know that you are Sovereign and that you are Good and I believe that you are in the process of seeking out and sanctifying more and more of your sons and daughters and bringing them out of the world and close to your heart to listen and to hear…Soften our hearts Lord God and bring truth and clarity to the minds and hearts and souls of your children ….let your will be done here on earth as it is in Heaven and teach us your ways in a language that helps each of us believe and awknowledge Your Character. We love you Lord and we need you to intervene in this country and help each of us live as Disciples of Christ standing out as different from the World. Word of God Speak and draw us to you. In Jesus name I pray….amen
Psalm 63:1-5 Oh God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you, my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and wary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live, in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.
John 4:14 “But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the LORD, my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life…
Psalm 22 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.
Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”