In the Old Testament God would often identify himself as the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. The story of God’s relationship with humanity spans across multiple generations. God chose Abraham out of all the people in the world and he gave him a world wide promise, but that promise wasn’t fulfilled until generations later. The plans of God crosses multiple generations.
The vision of the gospel is the vision of God. God’s vision is one which expands our own vision to see farther past ourselves. You will influence people in your immediate relationships to varying degrees no matter what you do or how hard you try. With Jesus, however, you can influence generations of people outside of your immediate relationships. Live with the vision of Jesus to build a Godly legacy for the generations to come.
We are often told in the Scriptures to “wait on the Lord”, but what does that mean? What does that look like? King David wrote many psalms that reflect a lifestyle of waiting on God. Also, the famous story of Job provides deep insight into an attitude of waiting.
The story of Job is often used as an explanation that bad things happen to good people under God’s supervision and control. But his story also teaches the why it is important to always wait on the Lord. Although Job never cursed God to his face, as Satan wagered he would, Job did stand on the edge of the cliff of despair.
Job experienced a turning point in his faith that each of us will come to. Under the weight of affliction Job cried out that God was good to him yesterday, but today he is not. He reached the point where he began to believe that God had stopped being good to him.
Maybe you’ve stood on that same cliff. If you haven’t, know that even the smallest of trials can take you there.
What God wants us to know is that while times are good we must dwell on the truth that he is good, loving, faithful and strong so that when times are bad we can cling to that same truth. Waiting on God means learning to be still in order to see the goodness of God around you.
Scripture Reference: Psalm 27, Job 29:2-6, 30:9-10 and 19, 38, 40:4-5 and 42:1-6
Last week, Rod encouraged us to not let a known personal problem or sin stop us from pursuing God. God meets you where you are, but calls you to where he is. This week, Rod explains some ways to keep our minds on God.
The pursuit of God is a journey. In the letter to the Romans, Paul wrote of this same topic and encouraged the church at Rome to pursue God. He wrote, “…in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship”.
Remember, a living sacrifice will struggle to keep it’s own life. The old life, the old attitudes, the old habits that don’t honor God will want to hold on, but because of God’s mercy you can honor God and let go of the old. It’s not about rules, it’s about the redeeming and transforming work of Jesus Christ. Not about what you do, but what you allow Christ to do in you.
The transformation to be Christ-like, a little Christ, a Christian is a journey. Once you come to Jesus you become a good work in progress.