It’s so hard to wait on God. I’m an impatient person, so I know He tests me. I’m going through a time like that now; I’m trying to discern God’s will and direction for myself and my family. There is an open door in front of us. Does He intend for us to walk through it, or are we to stay where we are and continue to minister here? It’s a test for me, for sure. I’m just praying for clarity and direction; it’s all I know to do.
God led me to the book of Habakkuk this morning while in the waiting room at the hospital. My wife’s dear grandmother faced open heart surgery at eighty years old (by the way, she’s doing great). Needless to say, I’ve had plenty of time to look at scripture. This verse spoke to me: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV.
Not the burning bush I was hoping for, but it brought comfort and peace. Now, for patience…
Sing. That word is mentioned 121 times in the Bible. It goes up to 209 if you use the New English Version. It is one of the most recorded commandments in God’s Word. For God to command us to “sing” that many times throughout scripture, He MUST regard it as important. He tells us in Psalm 66:2: “Sing about the glory of His name; make His praise glorious.” (HCSB)
Music is a true gift that God has given man since creation. It is one of the purest forms of worship we can give Him as an offering. A word of information: we tend to think of the word “worship” as meaning “singing.” Worship is actually our response to God through His work in us. Singing is just one of many forms of worship, albeit a very important one!
Not only are we commanded to sing to God, we are also called to do it as a unified body of believers: “Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).” Romans 15:5-6 (Amplified Bible)
I encourage all of you to sing! Sing in your personal worship time, and sing when you enter God’s house! He has truly gifted us with a musical gift; let us be more determined than ever to use it to His glory!
God has been placing some thoughts in front of me lately. When you start noticing the same idea from different sources, you tend to sit up and take notice. Ever have that happen? For me, God has repeatedly asked the question: Is Jesus Lord of your life?
I don’t think this is directed solely at me, although I know that there are areas in my life that I still need to completely surrender to Him. Are we as Christians turning over complete control to our Savior? Are there any areas that we still try to control? Are we guilty of being satisfied with just being a Christian? Isn’t there more to it than that? Jesus said, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23.
It’s pretty evident here that Jesus is to be more than just our Savior—He is to be Lord of our LIFE. We are commanded to take up our cross daily. The question to ask ourselves is, “am I living a country club christianity?”. Did we pay our initial membership fee (get saved) and go to church occasionally (pay our dues) but never grow in our faith (use the benefits we pay for)? Do we feel satisfied (dangerous word there!) with just going to church on Sunday morning and saying the blessing at mealtime? Do we truly desire to follow Christ in EVERY aspect of life? There is much more to it than just walking down the aisle and getting baptised afterwards. I will leave you with a great quote I came across this week. Of all places, it came from the devotional book that we read to our children each night:
“Salvation is not a cafeteria where you take what you want and leave the rest. You cannot take Christ as Savior and refuse Him as Lord.” – Vance Havner.