Linger with the Lord, 15MAR
I don’t “beware the ides of March” – but I do know to fear the Lord, for He is all powerful – He is Almighty… (and I appreciate snow storms and Him making time for me to ponder!!!)
But on occasion I wonder: “What if?” – I wonder “what if I had not heard the call?” – “what if I had not allowed Jesus to make me reborn into this child of God and long for His instruction?”… “what if…” not knowing Jesus like I do now surely brings me to tears.
Naturally, I am filled with such JOY of the Lord that it pours out of me – and I feel I can’t help it – that it has been truly amplified in an awakening to understanding how His Spirit moves in me and how He moves in you and in all His children – these bring me such JOY! – BUT yes one sure way to bring me to tears are the thoughts of “what if” – what if i never heard? – missed the cues? – what if I never opened my ears to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior?… what if??? Tear are natural – some say tears to women are a gift or a plague – but I feel God gave them to us for a purpose – not just for sorrow but for appreciation…. I truly know the Jesus was given to me to realize that I needed Him…
I KNOW that God loves each of His children… He wants to be with them…
Pausing to marvel at how God orchestrates awakenings, I remember that it wasn’t me who opened my ears – I remember that I had no choice – God did it – God Himself used every crowbar of sight and sound to open my ears! Yes, God opens our ears, moves us to Jesus and Jesus takes care of the rest – giving rest in His arms…
Jesus said: “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. For I have come down from heaven NOT to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6)
God forces the issues – we hear but then we have to actually listen and head the call…
When we are brought to Jesus, we will then have to learn to LINGER – we have to learn to linger and BE STILL… and only then can we move ahead… We have to learn to listen for the spirit directions for our lives – we have to head the call that “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9). In other words – we have to move when the spirit moves us… the path is narrow but it is sure…
The bible gives us instructions and teachings – we can look to Job to remember to fear the Lord – and love the Lord… and LISTEN for the Lord – what is the use of hearing if we don’t LISTEN – God wants to fill us with His LIGHT – to turn us back from death…
Job listened and was eternally blessed… we too can listen, we can pray to discern, and we can linger when we feel we should linger and move when we feel we should move – but all in all we are best to move forward as God directs us – we are called and we go – we are ever blessed to hear His call…
The result for us is that we now long to linger – we long to hear God’s call.
Instead of “what if” – we can ask “what now?”
In the book of Job, Elihu teaches and warns Job – then the Lord speaks to Job directly – and then Job listens:
Job 33:15 “In a dream, a special dream of the night, when deep sleep comes upon men, while they sleep in their beds, 16 then He opens the ears of men. He teaches them and makes them afraid telling them of danger, 17 that He may turn man away from wrong-doing and keep him from pride. 18 He keeps his soul from going to the place of the dead.” …
29 “See, God does all these things twice, even three times, to a man, 30 to turn back his soul from the grave, that he may see the light of life.”
Job 36:5 “See, God is powerful, but does not hate anyone. He is powerful in strength of understanding. 6 He does not keep the sinful alive, but gives what is right and fair to those who are troubled. 7 He does not turn His eyes away from those who are right with Him. He puts them on the throne with kings and they are honored forever. 8 If they are tied up in chains and caught in the ropes of trouble, 9 then He makes known to them their work and their sins, that they have shown pride. 10 He makes them listen to teaching, and tells them to turn away from sin. 11 If they hear and serve Him, the rest of their days will be filled with what they need and their years with peace. 12 But if they do not hear, they will die by the sword. They will die without learning.
24 “Remember that you should honor His work, of which men have sung. 25 All men have seen it. Man sees it from far away. 26 See, God is honored, and we do not know Him. We are not able to know the number of His years. 27 For He takes up the drops of water that become rain, 28 which the clouds pour down. Much rain falls on man. 29 Can anyone understand how the clouds are spread out, or how He thunders from His tent? 30 See, He spreads His lightning around Him and covers the bottom of the sea. 31 For by these He judges the people and He gives much food. 32 He covers His hands with the lightning, and tells it to hit the mark. 33 His thunder tells of a storm coming, and cattle also know it is coming.
Job 37: 14 “Hear this, O Job. Stop and think about the great works of God”……
21 “Now men cannot look on the light when it is bright in the sky, when the wind has passed and made it clear. 22 A bright gold light is seen in the north. Around God is great power. 23 We cannot come near the All-powerful. He is lifted high with power. And He is right and fair and good and will not make it hard for us. 24 So men honor Him with fear. He has respect for any who are wise in heart.”
Job heard the Lord, listened to the Lord, and prayed to the Lord… the Lord heard Job’s prayer –
10 The Lord returned to Job all the things that he had lost, when he prayed for his friends. The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ………… 16 After this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, his grandsons, and even their sons. 17 Then Job died, an old man having lived many days.
All my days, I pray to linger with the Lord….