Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Is that your final answer, God?

"The subject is closed! If you ask me one more time I’m going to ground you.” I said this to one of my children when they asked to do something, again.
“I’m sorry Mom I can’t quit thinking about it.”

            I couldn’t imagine where this child got that persistent, determined, annoying, attitude. Then I looked in the mirror and smiled.
            My life was one quiet determination to not quit. Even God wasn’t excluded from my attitude. It’s a wonder He didn’t ground me several times when I came back and asked for something…again.
            At least I had good company from another who wouldn’t give up. Moses was a good example of wrestling with God.
The LORD said to Moses, “I have seen this people,
and behold, they are an obstinate people. “Now then let Me alone,
 that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them…Exodus 32:9,10

 But Moses didn’t leave God alone. He reminded Jehovah of his promises to his people, appealed to God’s name and reputation, and appealed to God’s precedent like an experienced lawyer. God changed his mind.
You’ll never know God’s final answer until you ask more then once, or twice, or maybe three times. He said to me once. “I’ve told you and you won’t receive the answer.”  So, I asked Him again. He grounded me.

Saturday, September 1, 2018


I cringed and wondered if he was too late.The older gentleman squeezed sideways between two automatic doors that were almost closed. They didn't crush him, but immediately the doors sensed he was there and opened. He walked through into the store and I followed behind him.

The verse that says our "calling makes room for us" had been in my mouth earlier that day. This gentleman illustrated that verse in front of my eyes.

Our "calling MAKING room for us" didn't mean walking unopposed into what God had created us to do. This man saw a small opening, a small opportunity almost closed and jumped into it. The doors that were almost closed detected his presence and opened.

When we were created God put a calling, a gifting into us. So whether your gift is to serve, to teach, exhort, give, lead, or show mercy, it's time to squeeze sideways into that doorway and see your destiny open and others will follow. (Romans 12:7-8. )

"For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevoccable." Romans 11:29