“Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” –Psalm 37:5
“So Samuel said: ‘Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams." -1 Samuel 15:22
“‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong, you who have been hearing in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, who spoke in the day the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord of hosts, that the temple might be built.” –Zechariah 8:9
“What if I ask you to stay here until July?" (Wait, woah that can be a thing) My response, in all honesty, is that would be hard. Just when I thought I had let it go, I had picked it right back up again. I thought I was at a place of trusting the Lord completely, but I quickly realized that my mind was closed off on any other options and I was holding onto my desire. My heart is in Cambodia, but I also am here, right now. The people of Whitefish, Montana need Jesus just as much as Castle Rock, Colorado and Cambodia. Yes, things will come to pass, Lord willing, but my heart needs to be here where the Lord has me now.
I remember Pastor Dave pointing me to Proverbs 16, especially verse nine, before I left for Montana. It didn’t fully hit me until now. “A man’s heart plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps.” Since being here, I have seen that being played out…and it’s hard, it’s a lot of dying to self, but it’s so beautiful. I am truly grateful the Lord directs my steps. Where would I be without these lessons He is teaching me along the way?
What I’ve found in myself is that I was doing in order to get. Everything was ritual in a sense, a check mark in a box. I knew I needed to come here, so done, I’m here, Lord, take me to the next step. I sacrificed being around my family and friends for this, isn’t that good enough, God? NO. Wrong. It is not good enough. I needed to be coming and doing out of obedience as 1 Samuel 15:22 says and because of my love for the Lord.
Zechariah chapter eight verse nine reads, “‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Let your hands be strong, you who have been hearing in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, who spoke in the day the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord of hosts, that the temple might be built.” In light of future promises, get back to work! Because of all the things the Lord is going to do, it should get me excited for the work right now. The temple was the focus then, in order to have Jerusalem, “the Holy City of the future”. The focus needed to be on the work before them, just as much as my focus needs to be on the work before me.
I must commit my works and plans to the Lord [always], trust in Him and His perfect timing [always], and He will do the rest. Lord, I give it all to you with open hands. Whether Your timing is in January 2016 or July 2016 or whatever else may come about, Lord I trust and know You know what is best. What is six more months, if that is what You call me to, in the grand scheme of things? I don’t want anything that is outside of Your will. Take it all, give me an obedient heart, and may I go on serving in this ministry here and serving the people here to the fullest extent, because I know this is where You’ve called me now and because I love You, Lord.
Obedience > Sacrifice
|Lord, I go because I love YOU. I go because You have|
called me. I go out of obedience.
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