You have given me the capacity to hear and obey, a more valuable service than burnt offerings or sin offerings, which you do not require ~ Psalm 40:6
Jesus came that we might be free from the law of the old testament. He made a new way for us, one that did not require us to strive or keep rules inorder to save ourselves. Why? Because God knew the impossibilitiy of it. He knew we would misably miss the mark time and time again.
If it were up to us, we’d seek our freedom and wholeness in Christ by means of measily effort, which pails in comparison to the invinciple power of our Father, God. We’d do things our way, using the pea size knowledge and understanding we have of this world, God, his character and his ways. We ‘d give 1000% of our human talents, abilities and strength, only to become weary and faint, when instant victory did not lie around the corner. And eventually, we run ourselves ragged trying, becoming hopeless, faint in our doing and turn running from God, resentful that he allowed this to happen when we were doing everything we could to “do good.”
In a blunt nutshell, we see that our striving [aka: burnt or sin offerings] is fruitless and will never lead us where God desires – rather in circles, until we finally come to the end of ourselves and beg God for help.
Sadly, today, this is how many of us come to know and experience God truly for the first time. And all the while God had watched us, spinning in our “doing”, our trying” and our “worrying”, saying,
“Child, will you just stop already? I’ve got this. Trust me. I do not need your help. My plans are good, always and my ways are greater. You may not understand just yet, why or how, but in due time you will see. All you need do is seek me, whole heatedly and listen. I will show you the way. Do only that which I ask of you, but until then, be still. “
God invites us into a relationship of intimacy and freindship, one where we can linger in each others company. He will listen, comfort and answer our us. But in respect, he asks the same.
In life, through every circumstance, God does not expect us to figure it out on our own. He begs us to ask him what he wants and do only that which he reveals; for he’ll do all the rest and our “getting in the way” will only prolong, derail or stear his plan off course.
For his ways or not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts. How than can we ever be expected to figure out our messes, our junk- heck, our daily priorities? He sees things so much different and he wants to show us why. He needs only a willing heart, that will stop “doing” long enough, to be still, ask and listen.
Lord, help us to believe and know that you are the master of our lives. You have not asked for a copilot, but simply a passanger to enjoy the ride. Give us the desire and persistence it takes, to seek you whole heardetly for the answers, and the courage it takes to wait patiently for the steps you’d have us walk. Hold onto us with both arms, for we fear we’ll run ahead of you. We declare that while your plans may not yet be understood or fully revealed, we know that they are good and we want to simply walk in your will. Give us everything we need to do just that, to do it with joy, regardless of our circumstance.