Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Here, God? There, God? Where, God?

I will the first to admit that I don't always heed the revelation I have at my disposal. I know the benefits of following some course of action, but choose something completely different. I don't always see the results I wanted, though. That change in plans didn't get the same results because it wasn't the best course of action for me to take in the first place. We all want to know what comes next in life, don't we? We'd rather have 'more information' at the start of a matter because if we were totally aware of the outcome ahead of time, we'd just launch right in. Sometimes we only get hints of what is to come - not an entire disclosure! When we only get hints, we are required to operate in some element of faith by taking that course. This is where we struggle - faith isn't our strongest course of action, but it is the necessary one!

If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed. (Proverbs 29:18 MSG)

Revelation provides that something once otherwise or previously hidden from our perception becomes known - if even in the smallest way. It is common to say that we don't know what God is doing, but that we will just trust him with the outcome. While this sentiment is certainly commendable, we fail to admit just how much we are struggling with "not knowing" what God is doing and we are operating more on sentiment than on faith! We find ourselves stumbling around in the dark and hoping that we are going to come into a place of light sometime soon - maybe, just maybe, we will get a little more of the 'revelation pie' if we just head out in the direction ahead of us. This is not the way God wants to have us proceeding through life. He wants to give us opportunities for disclosure - times when he brings us into the knowledge of what he is about to do.

God brings revelation during times of specific communion - times of communication. For communication to be effective, it must be two-way. Much of our communication with God is simply one-way....we pray and expect him to listen, answer, and reveal - forgetting that God is looking for the opportunity to speak into our lives, as well. There are times when God may be asking us to do the listening, giving him an answer, and revealing to him things we are struggling with or trying to deal with in our own effort or power. God's hope is that true communication will occur - genuine exchange of the 'two-way' type. There is something powerful in "good" communication - it cements relationship, building strong foundations. When we are brought to a place where vision is created, there is an internal igniting of passion to pursue what we are now beginning to see just a little more clearly. A good leader will first create the vision around what he is desiring to accomplish, then will assist those around him to lay hold of that vision, its possibilities, and its challenges. Together, they tackle the challenges - through the innovation of the whole, there is an ability to overcome what challenges the one. I think we could all agree that God is a pretty awesome leader - if we'd just allow him to lead!

Without revelation (disclosure, communication, and inspiration), there is nothing to restrain us from taking one course of action over another. We are aimless and aimless people accomplish absolutely random things. There is no order to what is created - it is up to chance. Good may come out of this type of random effort, but it is certainly not as good as if we understood what we were doing, its purpose, and how it fits into a bigger plan. Attending to what God discloses is the key to purposeful action and movement in life. Our challenges are nothing to God! The storms of life are of little concern to him because he controls them all! Where there is revelation, there is the ability to navigate safely - nothing really offers immovable barriers when we are walking with God. God isn't asking for us to just pick through life's challenges a little step here or there, but dance through them - on his arm! Have you stopped long enough today to seek some revelation (disclosure, communication, and inspiration) from the one who knows where the next step you take really should be? Just askin!