We have certain goals in life, which often turn into an idol. We live, dream and breathe these goals, neglecting everything else in our life. We even neglect God in the process. This does not really help us to reach our goals, however; and everything starts to unravel after a while.
These idols also cause negative emotions to rise up in our soul. We get grouchy, intolerant and frustrated. We avoid anyone who threatens our agenda. Negative emotions are a clue that our soul is out of balance. We are either neglecting some aspect we need, or we are pursuing the wrong goals.
When broken dreams, heart-wrenching desperation, and a loss of appetite and sleep wear us down, we finally come to the end of our own resources. We look beyond our human capabilities and we finally trust in the Supreme Ruler of the Universe. God is intimately acquainted with our deepest needs.
God’s Spirit cleanses us and accomplishes His will in our world. He will deliver us from our self, and His Spirit will exchange our carnal nature with the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4). When we make Jesus Lord, He always give us more than we could ever imagine. When we totally surrender to the work of God’s Spirit in our life, we arrive at the place of abiding.
Father God, bring forth Your Spirit’s fruit in our life until we exhibit them to the world around us, instead of the fruit of the flesh (Galatians 5:22-23, 5:19-21). Once we surrender our idols, which are causing us to sin, Your intimate presence fully returns to our life. Remind us not to lower Your Word to our level of experience, but to elevate Your Word as life-giving Truth.
Thought for the Day:
Temporary disappointments are not failures, but stepping-stones toward the ultimate mountain top experience of abiding in Christ.