From the 40 Days of Daily Bread Series.
Often we go through seasons with the Lord where God is teaching us something new about His truths or an area we need to change in our lives. He is teaching you something right now. Do you know what it is? That’s a question I ask occasionally, especially when it seems like I’m living through similar circumstances as I did in the past.
Remember that song, “…she’ll be comin’ ‘round the mountain when she comes…”? Do you ever feel like you’ve been going around the same mountain over and over? I have definitely been there! Sometimes the learning experience is long. As I’ve gotten impatient about it, I’ve learned God is usually waiting on me. 😉
One of the things that God wanted to teach me one time was flexibility. I wanted to be in control of my schedule and everything else because I used to be a perfectionist. From what I could see it was good to have things—well—perfect. But God wanted to show me that it was better to have a servant heart coupled with a spirit of excellence instead.
I fought God on this one for a long time. Preparations for something would be underway and I could sense the Holy Spirit tapping me on the shoulder when things started to unravel, but I would ignore Him. He would be telling me to walk in the Spirit. Be patient. Show love.
But I wanted things to be done my way.
I had to come around that same mountain many times because I just wasn’t getting it!
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV
Apply the Word
This section is to help us respond to His promptings. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
- Reflect on the following questions and write what God shows you in your journal:
- What is God teaching you?
- How are you responding to the Spirit’s promptings in the moment? Are you receiving? Fighting? Ignoring?
- Are you willing to let God deal with you now or do you want to go around this mountain again? (Remember, God is changing us into His image, and desires that we grow spiritually.)
- Write the scriptures from this post in your journal:
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NKJV
- Be obedient to God. If you need strength, you got it! Stay tuned, we’ll be talking more about how to get off that mountain.
Have you ever felt like you were in spiritual deja vu? What happened?
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