Ok people, it has totally, absolutely been WAYYYYYYYY too long since I’ve written. Shame, shame.
I’m so excited about what I’m about to share with you because at the end of this revelation/experience all I could think was “God STILL loves me!!!” And I hope you’ll find yourself marveling at the same fact by the end of this.
My life has had a lot of new happenings lately. Some really cool stuff has been going down and I’ve found myself being very busy…so much so that I frequently think “How am I gonna spend time with Jesus?” Sad, but true. I actually put Jesus on the backburner. The creator of ALL things!! Who am I to tell Him to ‘take a number, I’ll be with you soon?’
Don’t look at me crazy, you’ve probably done the same thing at some point too.
So today I got home and determined to spend at least 5 or 10 minutes with Jesus before I ate dinner and boy did He speak quickly! I prayed and opened my Bible to what I thought was Exodus and read the absolute most perfect scriptures that related to what God had just shared with me in my moment of stillness.
At the end of this amazing, revelatory moment, I looked up at the scripture and discovered I was actually reading Deuteronomy! I was intentionally turning to Exodus, TOTALLY thought I was reading there until I finished getting the confirmed word and saw Deuteronomy! Absolutely a God moment! Selah.
Anyway, to the point. “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess” –Deut. 6:1
With all the life changes and experiences I’ve been having, although I wasn’t getting in my quiet time, I was 100% giving God his due credit. Every opportunity I had to speak of the great things happening I always explained it as a “God thing,” something I knew I didn’t make happen on my own, a blessing straight from Jesus’ hands. I knew that completely, no doubt in my mind that I have/had NOTHING to do with all the things that have been coming my way.
God’s been getting all the credit.
It wasn’t until today that I realized although God was pleased that He was receiving all the credit and glory, I was still hurting His heart!
God created us to bring Him glory, and that, I did. Check.
But he also sent His son Jesus so that we could commune together and have an intimate relationship with one another. And there goes my problem.
I have gotten so caught up in living and experience the blessings that I failed to spend time with the most important person I will ever know. Yet, I was driving and marveling at His works everyday (I love nature), giving Him all the credit for every good thing I was experiencing, calling Him faithful and amazing…but I wasn’t spending any time with Him!
Lets put ourselves in God’s shoes for a minute (not making us God here people, just bringing it down to our level for example sake). Pretend you’re married or have children (if you really do, then great, you’ll really get this one).
Everyday you do something special for your spouse or child; you’re making breakfast, packing lunch, and making dinner. You’re cleaning their rooms, you’re washing your spouses’ car and giving your kids new clothes every week…I mean, you’re going all out to make sure they’re happy and have more than what they need.
Each time you do one of these acts of kindness, they say “thanks” in passing and head out the door. They get to work or school and tell everyone “Yeah! My mom made this” or “Yeah, my honey did this for me,” bragging about how great you are.
They come back home, you get the same rushed “thanks” and then they’re on to the next room to talk on the phone or finish some work.
At some point, you’re going to want to really know that they’re truly thankful. Not just thankful because you do stuff for them, but that they actually appreciate you being in their lives. You want to spend time with them, not just do stuff for them. You want a relationship.
And so it goes with God. He’ll bless us all day long, but if we fail to stay true in our intimacy with Him, are we really all that thankful?
Obviously since the beginning of our existence, God knew we’d struggle with this dilemma, which is why he had Moses write Deuteronomy!
“These commands that I give you to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on our children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” –Deuteronomy 6:6-9
In other words, “make this your LIFE!”
It continues to say that “When the Lord your God brings you into the land…a land with large flouring cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig…be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
Moses is telling us, “don’t get caught up in the hype!” The external conditions, the blessings that you didn’t make for yourself…those things should never cause you to forget WHO the source of all this is.
So I’m readjusting and doing a credit check today. Yes, I’ve been giving God his verbal credit to man, but I’ve absolutely been lacking on the personal relationship tip.
I’m just thankful He was here waiting with open arms for me today.
Jesus, feel free to check me whenever needed. I’m human and need to be slapped upside the head every now & then, for sure!
Until I write again…go hang out w/ Jesus :)