Forgot to post this yesterday, so enjoy 2 posts today if you follow me. 🙂
Such a simple phrase, but it packs a punch. Isaiah 6:8 says “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
I don’t know about you but unless I’m fairly certain of the outcome or in control I rarely jump the gun to go first. God tells us we should go forth into ALL nations for him. Literally, it does mean into other nations but I also think it means you should branch out at home too. I know personally there are times when I’d rather not “fight” for God. Then, I remember he fought for me at calvary and died so I could be blemish free in front of the Lord one day. Funny thing is, he DID go into all nations. So he’s asking us to do something he ALREADY did. So, next time you feel a little uneasy about posting that bible verse to your facebook page or praying in public because someone may get offended…remember God was offended with you until Jesus stepped in. This past year has really taught me a lot about my faith and the biggest lesson is to not care what anyone else thinks unless they are the man upstairs. These days people are offended by everything, and if what I do offends you and I’m at peace with it, then so be it. Be offended. Maybe my offense will be the push someone needs. I’ve got a daughter to set an example for. So unless you’re her or Jesus, your offense levels don’t bother me.
I really enjoy this devotional. I’m not sure how many people read this or if you do a daily devotional. I know some people hate someone breathing down their neck about religion so, believe me when I tell you that’s not what I’m trying to do. However, if you do believe in God this is a great site. They have an iphone app and that’s where I first discovered Greg Laurie and Harvest. I work when church services are going on so I don’t really get the chance to go. Also, I stopped attending church a few years ago and kinda felt out of the whole church thing. A lot of things have happened in my life that cause to me to have my doubts with God. Now, God and I are on good terms but I don’t regularly attend church. This app/ site though gives me lots to study and learn though. I get an email everyday with a devotional and try most days to do it. Also, there are radio programs and all I listen to in the car. There’s some really cool Bible apps for the iphone too, message or comment if you’d like to know more about them.
This devotioanl really struck home with me. There have been many times when I prayed my little heart out to God only to get nothing. With age, I’ve learned that sometimes these are blessings in disguise. In the words of Garth Brooks, “Thank God for unanswered prayers.” Mr. Lauries says that God’s delays are not necessarily His denials, and sometimes God will allow us to get to the end of our rope, to the end of our resources, so we will finally cling to Him. I think of this like I would a good friend you’re trying to help but can’t until they hit rock bottom. I would love to tell you that my dad’s passing brought me back to God, but it was well before then. I started reading the book Eat Pray Love and was truly inspired. I decided then to make this year about me and part of that year would involve trying to reach back out to God. I think I was just so tired of simply just being alive. I really wanted to live. I was tired of being tired and unmotivated. I wanted to crave life again. I was tired of being unhappy. So, I started journaling to God the way my best friend does. At first it was weird, but then sometimes it’s nice to write things out. Then after all that talking and praying, I did a devotional. I hadn’t done a devotional since high school. I learned that I shouldn’t keep praying to God to fit my needs but rather that I should pray for God to help me meet his. One simple devotional changed my perspective on praying. I realized that all along I had be asking for the wrong things. Now, I’m not saying God and I are on perfect terms but we’re MUCH better. We’re working on it, and maybe you can too. 🙂