Whose Purpose Am I After?

Today is FRIDAY!! (I’m so excited I had to back up and re-spell it twice!) August 5, 2016. 14 days until S turns 23!

Quote of the Day

“I love mankind; it’s people I can’t stand.” – Charles M. Schulz

Word of the Day

Cosmopolis – an internationally important city inhabited by many different peoples reflecting a great variety of cultures, attitudes, etc.

Today is International Beer Day. Personally, I can’t stand the stuff. But I have some friends who like beer, especially all of those weird “craft” beers. Like Peter Cotton Ale, Hoptimus Prime, Audrey Hopburn IPA, Honey Boo Brew American Honey Ale, Blind Pig IPA, Bad Elf, Magic Hat #9, Dogfish Head. I know you think I’m making those up, but those are all real beers.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From Praying With the Psalms)

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth
and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees.
The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.
You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God.
When the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens.
Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening.
Psalm 104:14-23

This psalm shows the “detailed thoughtfulness evident throughout creation.” As man simply goes about his daily work, all of these other things just happen, exactly as they were designed by the Creator.

“I walk in wonder through this world which you, O God, made and called good. You forgot nothing. You left nothing out. I will never, it seems, come to the end of discovering what is before my eyes, and never run out of reasons for lifting up my discoveries in praise to your great name. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

The Baffling Call of God

And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished.” . . . But they understood none of these things. Luke 18:31, 34

By all appearances, the life of Christ was a dismal failure. He was called by God to what appeared to be disaster, and he called his disciples to watch him die. “He led every one of them to the place where their hearts were broken. . . . But what seemed failure from man’s standpoint was a tremendous triumph from God’s, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose.”

So, in our own lives, God also issues this “baffling call.” It’s like what some call “the call of the sea.” No one can hear it, save he who has the nature of the sea within him. It is impossible for us to describe God’s call on our lives. Oh, sure, many people have said, “God has called me to thus and so.” But in many cases, they have set their own purposes and simply believe that God has endorsed them. The Republican party had about a dozen “candidates” this year that all said God told them to run. The outcome makes their statements doubtful.

The call of God is “to be in comradeship with Himself for His own purposes, and the test is to believe that God knows what He is after.” I don’t have to know what he is after. I just have to believe in him and follow him in faith. “If we are in communion with God and recognize that He is taking us into His purposes, we shall no longer try to find out what His purposes are.” This is important. And it actually makes the Christian life easier. Dallas Willard spoke frequently of what he called “the easy yoke.” The yoke is easy because we are simply walking in God’s Kingdom, letting him be the guide and letting him show us what to do. It is his work, we are just helping. We don’t have to figure it out. But, “if we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the leisureliness which ought to characterize the children of God.”

Father, may I step into this easy yoke today, living my day in your grace, allowing you to direct my path. May I not try to figure things out, and may I most especially not try to direct things toward my own purposes. I long for the simplicity of life that is spoken of. I long for the kind of communion with you that makes this life easier. Draw me into your kingdom, Father.

Come, Lord Jesus!

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Grace and peace, friends.

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