April 2015

Revelation For Today


Discipleship is more than taking unholy things out of our lives. God also provides instruction and empowerment. Within a few short seasons, we long for the Revelation of God with earnest desire. We seek knowledge of what God wants, fresh directions, and reassurance of His promises.


         “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name. Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.” (Psa. 119:131-133, NIV)


Longing to know what to do when our world is falling apart is a common experience for God’s children. It is a prayer of desperation, repentance and at times, great sorrow. When things become exceptionally difficult, our memory of past victories becomes short. We long for constant reassurance that we are in the center of God’s perfect will.


Like many things in life, this can be both positive and negative depending upon the application.   It is very good when we begin to consider the opinion of God in our daily lives. Conversely, it is equally foul when we forget what He has commanded. A problem in this area is rapidly exposed when His direction is “Wait.”


We need to talk to God about our problems and difficulties. Further, we must take the time to listen to what He is saying. This is a two-way communication.   Listening to God develops throughout our warrior training. When our situations become “eleventh hour,” the ability to wait and receive are thoroughly tested.


When I was a child, we owned a stove that had an immature technology. One of the burners had a “brain.” This was little more than a simple thermocouple and an electronic gas valve. We quickly decided that it was retarded. It had an uncontrolled mind of its own. It was difficult to cook anything using this particular burner. When we act in a similar manner, is it any wonder that we accomplish little for God?


Discipleship transforms us from an uncontrolled conflicted mess of emotions and thoughts into something beautiful. It becomes wonderfully sweet to discover our true purpose for living. Friendship with God is beautiful beyond words. Like the psalmist, we long for the loving direction of our Hero.


         “I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” (Psa. 119:131, NIV)

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner