YWAM Santiago, Dominican Republic Staff Member
Have you ever felt like God was asking you to do something for him that was outside your comfort zone; something that made you anxious inside and question, "Is that really you God?" I've come to find that happens often in the Christian life. There is a battle everyday between what God is saying, and what our human nature is saying. So it only makes sense that God's word tells us to pick up our cross DAILY (Luke 9:23). To put on the full armor of God and pray in the Spirit at ALL TIMES (Eph. 6:10-18). True Christianity isn't just "fluffy stuff," it's often very INTENSE. Spiritual warfare is real. But, however intense this walk with the Lord may be, God is always with us and has the final victory. In this truth we can be fully confident.
As we spend more time in God's presence, and in the Word, we begin to gain profound understanding about the fact that our life is not about us. God asks us as his followers to give up our own way so we can fully follow him. Does he do this simply to control us? No, he still gives us free will. He asks us to surrender because of his great love for us. He can see everything with far better vision than we can. He has the ability to know what is best for his children and wants us to walk in Faith and Trusting in his ways; his direction, timing, everything.
In Psalm 119, there are some verses I would like to highlight. The chapter emphasizes that in the midst of everything, we can delight in the ways of the Lord. I believe this is God's heart for us as his followers. It's normal to wonder in circumstances, "What is happening God? What do you see that I don't?" However in the end, we need to remember that God is, and will always be, on the throne. In him alone we can find refuge, strength, wisdom, rest, peace, mercy, victory, and so much more.
"I pondered the direction of my life, and I turned to follow your laws. I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands" (Psalm 119, vs.59-60). "I rejoice in your word like one who discovers a great treasure" (vs. 162). "How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey. Your commandments give me understanding; no wonder I hate every false way of life" (vs. 103-104).
Are we hungry for him daily? Are we obeying him without delay? Do we delight in his ways? Christianity isn't about people being perfect. It's about imperfect people continuously seeking and obeying the God who IS perfection. In following Christ, we acknowledge that God has a greater plan than we do, and it's His grace through us that qualifies us for anything.