In preparing for today’s post, I had a strong sense that the Lord wanted to re-share this message with His beloved. May we always continue to look to Jesus in setting our agendas and establishing our plans.
“Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.” 1 Timothy 3:16
From our rational human viewpoint, God the Father’s decision to send His only begotten Son to be born in a manger is strikingly underwhelming. More precisely, the scene is a run down barn filled with the noxious stench of farm animals and mule manure. He isn’t born in a lavish palace, as some expected, nor is He carried inside the womb of a wealthy, highly-respected, and well-known woman. Nope. Jesus, the King of the Jews, who many believed would rescue His people from the oppressively diabolical Roman Empire, is birthed in the middle of nowhere to a nobody (according to society’s standard). Needless to say, in comparison to the expectations of humanity in the moment, this just feels like a huge let down.
Interestingly, the same people who deeply love God, cling to His word, and resist the temptation to serve the foreign gods loved by King Herod, still never expect God to carry out His prophetic words the way that He does. I can relate to this. When the Lord spoke to me last year about throwing the HDD Launch Party, I expected it to end with a big, holy bang. I expected hundreds of people to attend and celebrate Him. But that had been my standard for success, not His.
Because He spoke both His Daily Dose and the Launch Party into existence, He could boldly contradict my assumptions and carry out His plan just the way He wanted it. The evening was humble, gentle, and sacred. He sent who He wanted because it was about Him, not about me. This was simply beautiful. Talk about humility at it’s finest. And I am exceedingly grateful for it.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10
You know what I find so deeply intriguing about how God operates? If He had allowed His Son’s birth (or any expectations we may try to build onto His promises) to transpire just the way we expect, then our trust would remain in those very circumstances. Or even more so, they would rest on our own understanding, rather than in God. In His radical and abundant love for us, He allows events to unfold differently than what we expect. By doing so, we can witness that His ways are much higher and better than anything we could ever muster up on our own, and that we desperately and deeply need Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
“What has been will be again,what has been done will be done again;there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
As His beloved, may we give Him the space and the respect to be who He is: the God of the universe, our Creator, and our Sustainer who holds all things together.
“He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” Colossians 1:17 NLT
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
May you understand and rest in the knowledge that we will never figure God out. If we could, we wouldn’t need to trust Him, and we’d have plenty of room to lean in on ourselves. If God gives you a promise or a prophetic word, lay it immediately back down at His feet. Building extraneous assumptions of how it all should go is entirely too easy, and always opens the door for a disappointment He never intended us to experience.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
Maybe He is speaking a country to your heart. If so, let Him show you when you are to leave. Just because He is speaking it now does not mean the time is now.
Perhaps He is speaking to you about a future spouse. Surrender it fully to Him. Don’t try to manipulate the circumstances in causing His prophecy to take place. That is not faith, beloved, that is control, which is always a product of not trusting Him.
Maybe He is asking you to leave your job in faith, or to speak to someone about a decision. Give it back to His hands. If He is entrusting this knowledge to you, pray for the time when He decides to open the door.
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
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