Devotional Elation, the Result

“Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;”‭‭Psalms‬ ‭45:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

05.15.16
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I had just spent the last forty five minutes scanning the Chinook Observer for jobs and housing, then scouring Calvary chapel Seattle’s website for my potential next step. All the while I was totally convicted by the Holy Spirit. I heard Him asking me why I had all of a sudden stopped trusting in His plan and His provision for that plan. I heard Him ask me why I wasn’t being where I was, why I was failing to “BE HERE NOW.”. I heard Him saying don’t get ahead of yourself. I’ve got this, I always have and I always will. 

So I closed Safari and zoomed over to the bible with the notion of needing an upper. I was beginning to feel stressed, anxious, uncomfortable, and squirmy. My prayer before opening the app and reading Psalms 44 and 45 for the 14th and 15th days of the month was something along the lines of “God please gimme something to soothe me and help me sleep.”. I can’t remember verbatim but it was definitely to that effect. 

Once again conviction struck and I realized the peace of God is not a pill I can just pop when I’ve indulged myself in too much of the world, and now feel the ill effects of a filthy diet. I repented and made a more humble petition this time. 

Our glorious King confidently set before me Psalm 45:10, “Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear; Forget your own people also, and your father’s house;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭45:10‬. This is I believe the third verse He has given me regarding this subject. However, this has been the most direct. It is humbling, piercing, calming, hope instilling, and joy giving all at the same time. How quickly I forget, but He is faithful to remind me right when I need it. That He is good, He is in control, and He loves me.

I serve a righteous, steadfast, glorious, majestic, omnipotent God. He is a good, good Father. My words will ever fail to express the wonder of my King, my Lord, my Savior, my Friend, my Comforter. All glory, honor, and praise be to the Father of lights, forever and ever amen.

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Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”‭‭

Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭

Passages like this one are so easy to comprehend that it makes it difficult to pull out an application. Or maybe that’s a problem specific to me. I have been known to make things more complicated than necessary. But really, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,” okay, yeah that seems solid. He is the master of the universe. “And lean not on your own understanding” totally, I’m a jackalope with a limited view. Why would I rely on my own perception if His is there to guard me and to guide me? “In all your ways acknowledge Him,” yep, this is certainly legit. Do everything Colossians 3:23 style, to the glory of God because nothing done otherwise will stand once your earthly body expires, and don’t bumble through life without consulting, considering, meditating on, and basking in His word and presence. Solid. “And He shall direct your paths.” Psalm 37:5 says to ” Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” Alright, this is pretty straightforward too; walk in surrender to the Lord in every aspect of your life, and He will make it work. 

Breaking it down really proclaims the simplicity of the Christian life. It also exposes the holes in my application. Yes, I need to do all these things. Yes they are wildly simple, but how? How do I do these things? What does this look like in my day to day happenings? 
At this juncture in my life I think it means submitting my will to God’s. It means forgetting my plans and going by His. It means waking up everyday and saying “what would you have for me today, Lord?” So that is what I will do. And if He sends a gaggle of five year old girls my way to play tag and let them “braid” my hair for three hours then that is it, I have found my answer. Whatever quiet, tea-drinking, introspective activities I had slated are no longer it. I will gladly oblige the children because I trust in my Lord with all my heart.