Sunday 12 May 2024

A God Who Answers | Part Twenty-Three.

We continue with our meditations in The Book of Daniel, as we continue to dig deeper into verse 13 of Chapter 10. It reads,

"But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia."
Jesus' promise to us is that, if we hunger and thirst after righteousness [God], we will be filled. [Matthew 5:6] Our place is to do the hunger and thirst. God's part is to do the filling. God will not force down our throat the food and drink we do not want.

I love the way Ayn Rand puts it. She said, "An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes." That's powerful. God will not force Himself on anyone. If we are going to enter into His rest, His peace, it will ONLY be because we choose to.

God is never the bottleneck. We are. He is faithfully constant and ever willing to pour out of His fullness. He is love and His mercies are new every morning. [Lamentations 3:22-23] He is sufficient, and sufficiently able. He is our Salvation, Strength, Sheild and Refuge. [Psalm 27:1; 46; Isaiah 12:2]

If and when we come to the realization that we need Him, He will grant us grace. For as long as we think and act otherwise, He continue to put a stumbling block before us in a bid to bring us to the end of ourselves. [James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5] 

So, when Moses turned aside to see the burning bush, it was an expression of the state of his act. He had not given up on God. He was still seeking after God, though it has been 40 years in waiting. His heart was not hard against God. It was ever tender, ever seeking, and ever pliable. [Exodus 3:2-10] 

Let's read again verse 2 of Exodus 3. Note, it was not about the burning bush. It was all about Moses. The angel came to Moses, but he did not come as an angel. He came as a burning bush. Moses' heart led him to his encounter. Just how many of us miss our ordained encounter just because it does not look like it.

God specializes in doing that. The appearance is a test of our heart. God might not call the seeming qualified in temporal things, He ALWAYS calls the qualified in permanent and heart heavy things. If the spirit ain't right, God will neither call, nor use you, irrespective of who you are or seem to be. [1 Samuel 16:7]

The Saint.

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