Friday, June 21, 2019

Okay, uncle!

Are you one of those individuals with unfinished projects tucked away here and there throughout your house? Maybe something about your house is unfinished and you have been just 'living with it' for a while because you lack the resources or energy to get it finished. We may even have things in our lives that we'd like to see changed, but the completion of that change just seems to be stalled. God, high above, sees far below - right into those areas of our lives that are 'started', but not quite 'finished' yet! We may not "see" him, but he sees us! If nothing else, the fact that God even notices humankind should bring us to our knees! Be quite clear on this - "no matter the distance, he knows everything about us". Nothing escapes his notice - nothing is overlooked for his intervention. Too many times we come to the conclusion that we are in the thick of things all alone - no one noticing the mess we are in. Just the opposite is true - God never misses a beat!

When they hear what you have to say, God, all earth's kings will say "Thank you." They'll sing of what you've done: "How great the glory of God!" And here's why: God, high above, sees far below; no matter the distance, he knows everything about us. When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. With one hand strike my foes, with your other hand save me. Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don't quit on me now. (Psalm 138:4-8)

Our daily plea needs to be that God will finish what he began in our life. These are words that literally tug at the heart-strings of God's infinitely large heart! All of heaven knows that we are not very good at finishing what WE start! We make starts and stops like jackrabbits on a hot day! There is very little consistency in our walk, but God sees it all - both the starts and the stops - the forward movement and the perpetual stalls. Both attract his attention. When we cry out for him to finish what HE started, forgetting what it is the WE started, his hands are quick to go into action on our behalf and this can be the action that moves us into action, as well.

Why does God let us start things on our own when he knows they will end in failure? I imagine it is so we will learn just how insufficient our self-will, self-dependence, and self-determination are compared to the task at hand. Once we fail, we consider the error of OUR ways and are often more open to considering the blessing of GOD's ways to 'get er done'. God never asked for us to be robots - under his control and just going through the motions of serving him. He wants us to come to the conclusion that his ways are better than our own - so he allows us to experience the results of our own actions. He wants us to lean into him and lean upon him - not out of obligation, but out of love.

The end result is usually that we end up calling out like David, "Finish what you started God! I got it all messed up when I tried it on my own!" I honestly believe that God unleashes all of heaven's resources at those very words - uttered or screamed - it makes no difference as long as they come from a genuine heart! He never misses a step we take - all the while just waiting to hear that we need him to finish what he began and what we cannot finish on our own! Just sayin!

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