My prayer at the end of the Less-Than Land post is still true today, and one that applies to every situation in life. Show us, Lord, if/when we step out of your will. Help us to remain close to You and not run after our own desires, but wait for You to give them to us.
Psalm 37:4, ” Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This is one of those verses that is always at the forefront of my mind. For the longest time I would focus on the last half of the verse: and He will give you the desires of your heart. But a few years ago I realized the important part of that verse is the first half: delight yourself in the Lord.
The blessings come from being focused on Him…when your focus and delight is on Him then your desires naturally line up with His will.
Enoch got something very right. After his son Methuselah was born, when he was 65 years old, the Bible says Enoch “walked” with God for the next 300 years. He walked so closely with God, and his relationship with Him became so strong that God decided He’d just bring him on home, without having to die first.
What did Enoch do that made God so happy? All we get from Genesis 5:21-24 is that he “walked by faith.” He had a relationship with God that was so strong, he trusted Him with things he couldn’t see or understand. God wants a relationship, He wants our company.
“With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” – Micah 6:6-8
He doesn’t want sacrifices…He wants you to spend time with Him.
Spending time with Him is the only way you can know if you are in His will for your life…and not living in Less-Than Land.
Come back next Wednesday for the final part of this series.