Set Up For A Blessing
July 1, 2009
When the Father prompts us to do little things, He is never trying to take anything away from us. He is always trying to set us up for a blessing. Our bodies are made just the right way: we can feel when it's time to slow down, and take it easy, or even stop what we are doing and sleep. We can only do so much, and that is because God created us in such a way that we know when we have had enough.
Sometimes, we have this nagging feeling that we ought to do this, or we ought do that. There might be something that we should talk about to our spouse, or whomever it may be, and we try to ignore it and go on. We tend to think it's not a big deal, when in fact, we are putting ourselves under stress by trying to solve it on our own.
Things the Lord asks us to do which look unimportant to us are apparently very important from His point of view. Once we fully understand the importance of hearing and immediately obeying the Lord's promptings, we will want to set it as a priority; doing what we need to do to stay in a place of peace.
Deut. 5:29: "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commadments always, that it might be well with them, and their children forever!"
Often, the Lord wants us to spend a little time with Him so that He can refresh us. After a long day at work, we might have things around the house that need to be taken care of, or we might want to just sit and relax because we're tired. We may sense the Holy Spirit speaking, " Stop what you're doing and come with Me." What we don't realize, is that the Lord is trying to set us up for a blessing. We might say something like, "Oh, I had a long day, that can wait," or we might want to spend time with family. If we are in that state, then we're not relaxing! Usually, the longer we continue doing what we want, the more tired we become. But by obeying the Lord, even ten minutes in His presence can bring the refreshment we are trying to find by doing what we want to do.
I don't mean to say that spending time with family to unwind is a bad thing. I love to spend time with my husband and two little boys. That is important. The point I'm trying to make is that it is more important to obey the Lord's will. We can receive power and strength from the Lord, if we choose to do so. When we're tired, the Lord can strengthen and refresh us. He will refresh our body and soul.
We should never be too busy for our Father; it only takes several minutes to stop what we're doing and ask the Lord to refresh us. I know how it feels after a day's work, and sometimes it's almost like our bodies start to cave-in physically, and even mentally. That's when we need to slow down and ask the Lord for help. Lean back for a minute and let Him give you that power, and as Scripture promises, He increases our strength, causing it to multiply and making it to be boundless.
Isa. 40:28-31: "Has thou not known? Has thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Nothing is ever too much for our Father to handle. He wants us to come to Him with whatever it may be that we're going through. No matter how much material you read, or how how many seminars you attend on stress, you will find the relief you want from stress by going to God and letting Him refresh your soul. The Lord will give rest to the overburdened.
Matt.11:28-30: "Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
The Lord's burden is to be light and easy to carry. We take His yoke upon us by obeying His will.
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