Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
What is my vision of God’s purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish— His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see "Him walking on the sea" with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see "Him walking on the sea" ( Mark 6:49 ). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for sometime in the future. We have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself.
God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.
- Oswald Chambers: "My Utmost for His Highest"
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Shelter has become a learned trait for the Guckenberger family. One that we started a conversation about a couple of months ago and the conversation has become more for me. Shelter is starting to take on the definition of hope, home, a state of mind more than a structure or even stability for that matter. Where we smell something and it stirs ideas and thoughts and memories and we recognize the shelter of something more than we can put into words. Does that mean that Nigeria has become our home? I don’t know, but it does mean that I look more forward to our permanent shelter in Heaven than I have in any other time in my life.
SHELTER = GOD
If our view of him increases so will our understanding of His shelter.
This summer started mentally for John and I as sacrifice. What mentalities we needed to sacrifice, what giftings or desires we needed to sacrifice and then what comforts or conveniences we would need to sacrifice as a family by just living in Nigeria. BUT, then I started looking into scripture and reading stories about people in the bible that also sacrificed; His pain & passion changed me; Abraham/Isaac,
Their dream inspired; Moses leading God's people out of Egypt
Or even just bible stories that their courage asked me what am I afraid of; Daniel and the Lion’s Den...
Or their season of waiting and building up for a future purpose and how that encouraged me; Joseph and his years of slavery to end up being #2 in the Kingdom
And it dawned on me, why were they not afraid, or bitter or selfish? All of a sudden it hit me that I was focusing on the wrong thing. It is not sacrifice that my eyes should end, but who is this God that they had no need to fear, no reason to be bitter and no purpose to think of themselves? God is the focus. I want to know Him and maybe if I know Him, I will find the secret to the contented life.
Not what do we need to sacrifice, but Who is this God that I think nothing of the sacrifice…. That is the one I want to spend the rest of my life finding out about. I want to know about God.
God, please reveal yourself to me in a new way.