Focus: Receiving the gift
Psalm 23:6 (KJV) Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Psalm 23:6 is definitely a ‘forward thinking’ verse. To eternity and beyond! It’s a faith statement and a declaration of our commitment to Christ. It’s a bold proclamation.
Are you a person who wants to believe it could be true, but still wonders?
We find an inability to be optimistic about the future when we assume things will never be any better than they have been in the past…and truthfully, there are no guarantees.
When you’ve spent the majority of your life wishing you could die, how do you snap out of that mentality? How do you shift gears?
I have come to understand that not wanting to live the life that God gave me was a sickness. I have also come to know that my God is a healer and that He sent His Son to conquer sin and death. Through putting my faith and trust in His ability, and living my life completely for Him—I can bear this life. I can embrace the gift of life He has given me. I can say in my heart, “I will live this life the best I can, as an act of devotion to Him for saving my soul.”
When I think that way—I can do this. When I am able to stop looking at my own personal desires and selfishness and just look at Him—behold Him—that changes things. Then it’s about Him—not me—and when I think I might not have the desire to live—I turn it around and think: Is my desire for Him? Is my desire to please Him more than to please myself?
If God gave me this life as a gift—and I love Him—how would I then want to throw away the gift He gave me? How then, would I not want to make it into the best thing I could for Him, by being focused on Him and what He wants me to get out of being here?
Maybe you have reasons to think that your life is more of a curse than a blessing. Maybe you’ve spent time thinking that if you had been born under different circumstances, it wouldn’t be so hard to believe that your life was ordained by God. Maybe you’ve wondered about things like that for so long that you’ve never really stopped to think about it any other way.
Well, what about it? Can you go there? What if your mind, your will, your emotions, your body—everything—was really planned the way it is, and completely allowed by God?
Can you imagine that God wants you to know Him on a personal level—unlike anyone else? Can you believe that He made you with an ability to love Him that may require all that you are?
There is so much about yourself that you would like to change, if you had the chance—but what if God wouldn’t want anything about you to change? What if He meant for you to be—exactly who you are?
God wants us to be like Him. He wants us to prefer Him above all others. He wants to be the one who nurtures us allows us to lie down in green pastures. His idea of green pastures, and ours, might be two entirely different things…but He wants to nurture us, just the same.
The only way some of us are able to embrace those concepts is by throwing out all of our questions and our need for answers, and just giving up our expectation that God should have to explain Himself by giving reasons for us to evaluate.
If He is really God to us, then it shouldn’t be like that, should it? It shouldn’t be up to us at all to decide whether His purposes are right and good. If He is really God to us, then we should be willing to say, “Thank You.”
We should be willing to accept what God has given us—and His reasoning—and just live in gratitude, giving this life our best shot, and actually surrendering it all over to Him.
Declaration: I will find new strength and cultivate the will to live, by giving up my opinion of whether God’s plan for my life is right or wrong.
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