When God keeps giving you the same message through different messengers, some would say it is a coincidence. Others would say it is confirmation. I agree with the latter assessment. When you hear the same message many times, the confirmation can be convicting.
A few weeks ago I read a Proverbs 31 devotion (that I can’t find right now – otherwise, I would include a link to it) about longing for and pursuing other things (relationships, status, career, etc.) more than God. After I read the first post, it spoke to me, so much so that I wrote a prayer, a prayer I read daily.
Today, my friend Monica sent a few of us a blog post that her friend Ashley wrote a few days ago – On “Good” Girls and Winning. (Click the title to read Ashley’s Post on her blog, the Thankfulness Project).
Often, I feel that being a good girl is overrated. But, then I have to ask myself, “Why are you a good girl? Is it because it is the right thing to do or is it because you think being a “good” girl will ultimately pay off (i.e. make me “win” at life)?” I know that God loves me regardless and that my good works and behavior can’t and won’t make God love me any more than he already does. So, for me, it is sometimes the latter – thinking that being and doing good will make or cause God to give me the desires of my heart. But, I clearly have it twisted. 🙂 Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in The Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” I/we have to delight in him and only him, without the thought of any reward, other than eternal life through his son Jesus Christ. This is where my prayer and daily affirmation come in. If you are like me and there are times when you find that you might be desiring something – be it marriage, a family (if you are already married), a better job, etc. – more than you desire communion with God, you should pray this prayer.
My reality does not match my desires. I don’t understand your ways. But, I understand that your ways are not my ways, and your thoughts are not my thoughts. Help me recognize doubt, frustration and fear as an indication that I am longing for something more than I long for you. I desire to love you because of WHO you are not WHAT you can do for me. Help me LOVE, TRUST and PURSUE you above all else.
Ultimately, we should desire and pursue God with reckless abandon. Our desire to know Him should overshadow our desire to receive the good and perfect gifts (James 1:17) He promises. When we discover joy in God alone, only then will we be satisfied. It is then that we will “win” at life. This is how confirmation has convicted me. 🙂 Does confirmation ever convict you?
Verses for thought:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you. Matthew 6:33
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you, My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:25-26
P.S. Be sure to read Ashley’s post.
P.P.S. This morning (10/3/13), the Proverb’s 31 Devotion was entitled Sacrifices of Praise. The topic is in line with this post. Read it when you get a chance.