Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.
Unless the Lord protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.
One of those toxic habits I am learning to leave behind is living my life like it’s an emergency. This is what I mean, I have found myself being in a rush to accomplish certain things in my life that I didn’t take time to hear what God was saying. So I would look for things out of God’s will and then ask Him to bless those things or if those things go wrong I would now rush to God for a solution. Sometimes we will set timelines for our lives and then we feel the pressure of accomplishing those things so that we go out and look for those things without involving God. Like I really don’t think it makes to go out find yourself a mate and then finally at the altar ask Him to bless you, this obviously doesn’t make sense.
That He won’t answer or that He will require me to relinquish certain things. It is very important for us to seek about everything because He is willing to guide us in the way we should go. Now, the more you stay in His presence the more your hearing skills improve. God is always speaking to us, but if we don’t focus on Him other voices will be louder than His. In the past I have found myself afraid or unwilling to seek Him about certain things. First because I didn’t know how to hear Him out. This fear was present because I was praying about something like it was an emergency. If you don’t spend time in His presence and only pray when you need something that’s an emergency prayer. It’s not like God does not answer or hear emergency prayers but because we are not used to spending time with Him we won’t even hear what He’s saying.
Second, I was afraid God would ask me to relinquish what I had gone out and found to be ‘good enough’ in my own terms and I just wasn’t ready to do that. There are days I have thought what I have in my hands is so good that I just couldn’t understand how God didn’t think it was good for me (LOL). Funny thing is that I wasn’t willing to relinquish those particular things but I still wanted His blessing. Of course it doesn’t work like that. Anything you get out of God, you will need to be outside of God to sustain it. God only sustains what He starts.
If you stray to the right or the left,
you will hear a word that comes from behind you,
‘This is the way; walk in it.
God is a quite meticulous planner and very precise in all His ways. Look at how He created the earth, everything was well thought out. There’s not a single person in this planet that was created for nothing. For this reason God doesn’t want us to figure out life on our own. God has very specific things that He wants us to do. When we don’t know what to do we end up imitating other people and living according to their standards.
One of the things I have learnt is it is possible to give God your life and still withhold certain aspects from Him. In my life I realized the things I thought were big and I could not handle, I gave to God and they flourished, those areas were the most productive areas of my life. But the things I thought I got this, I can handle, which were the ‘small’ things they were the ones that were in shambles. Take a minute and reflect on your own life and you will see that this is true.
Take your son, your only son,- yes Isaac, whom you love so much-
and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burn offering
on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
Isaac was a child of promise. Through him God had sworn to Abraham to make him into a father of many nations but for some reason God decided to test Abraham’s faith using this very promise. Abraham had every right to be overcome by fear, he was one hundred years old when he got Isaac and Sarah had been ninety years old and there was no guarantee they would get another child. When Abraham refuses to withhold his son from God this is what the angel of the Lord said to him, ‘….Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your only son, I swear by my own name that I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the sea shore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed–all because you have obeyed me.”. What you give will flourish you, what you withhold will impoverish you.
The story of Annanias and Sapphira gives me chills. I don’t know what made them lie, perhaps it was the fear of lack. At the end of the day it was what they withheld that killed them. Imagine if the widow at Zarephath who had just a little oil and a little flour had refused to share her food with Elijah? She and her son would certainly have died.
Songs of Songs 2:15
Our vineyards are in blossom;
we must catch the little foxes that destroy the vineyards.
Recently I listened to a sermon by John Gray and he explained how the devil has legal authority over what we withhold from God. Back in the garden of Eden the snake was told, ‘.. you shall crawl on your belly and you shall eat the dust…’. We are dust, the only reason we are alive is because our spirits are still within us. But the Holy Spirit is the living water. When we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, then the devil can no longer prey on our lives. However, the parts of our lives that we do not allow the Holy Spirit to take over, those become dessert for the enemy. The things we try to control are the little foxes that destroy the vineyard.
Looking at my life, all the bad decisions I have ever made that turned out into cycles I could see was fear written all over. We are a generation that understands fear. The fear of failure. The fear of lack. The fear of judgment. The fear of rejection. And recently there has been FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). One important lesson I have learnt is letting go and just trusting God. Yikes! It feels so good not to control everything and still see it flourish. Cross over to the other side of fear. On the other side of fear is obedience. On the other side of fear are the blessings of our father Abraham. Think, imagine, would you live your life differently if you didn’t have any fear? Fear makes us insecure and it is born out of distrust. But we know that we can trust God. Let your fear give birth to courage.