Psalm 93:1 “The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.”
The sovereignty and power of God is evident all around us, from the magnificence of the Universe to the incredible complexity of the atom, the Lord has displayed His power at every level of our reality.
In the midst of a glory far beyond our ability to reason you’ll find the Sovereign Creator bending down, stooping into our depravity and connecting with us personally.
Walking in the company of Jesus has been made possible through the Cross of Calvary. Jesus was willing to step down from a position of eternal glory into a sublime position of weakness. The admiration and awe that a follower of Christ experiences walking with Him is made real by the unifying power that God gives, His Holy Spirit.
Psalm 104:33,34 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.”
Delight in the Lord
To walk with God is a notion that is often encouraged but seldom illustrated in a practical way. The idea that we can actually have a personal, daily relationship with the Lord is foreign to many of various faiths. The idea that we can interact and receive direction, strength, and power, while confidently walking in the peace of which the Lord provides has many questioning how this might be possible.
The perfect example of what this life looks like was exemplified through Jesus. The patterns Jesus demonstrated are ones we see today as effective in relationships.
5 years ago NC state University published a list of 10 elements that make for strong relationships.
- Love and Affection
- Shared Activities
- Healthy Conflict Resolution
These facets of strong relationships have been demonstrated for thousands of years, it seems funny to me when an expert thinks they have uncovered something new. Look carefully now at the parallel in God’s Word:
- Psalm 37:5,6 “Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.”
- Psalm 31:23 “Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, And fully repays the proud person.”
- Psalm 130:7 “O Israel, put your hope in the LORD, for with the LORD is loving devotion, and with Him is redemption in abundance.“
- Ephesians 6:18 “praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
- John 15:7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
- James 2:23 “And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of God.”
- 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
- Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”
- Psalm 139:1-3 “O Lord, You have searched me and known me, You know my sitting down and my rising up, You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.”
- Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
Do you notice any patterns in how we relate to God and how God relates to us?
For one, what stands out to me is how God does most of the work in our relationship with Him. We seem to be always making the mistakes and He is the one showing all the mercy. He reaches out first and we respond. He remains steadfast, we change like the tide.
Secondly, there is a tremendous amount of blessing that comes with fostering a healthy relationship with God. Peace, love, security, protection, just to name a few of the rewards we reap when we place our trust in Him. Consequently, the rewards He gives continue on into eternity.
Third, from our position we really don’t have any power or authority within the relationship and yet the Lord allows us to control much of the progress by which it grows. We can either develop it and grow in understanding and love, or we can forsake our relationship with Him and watch our lives plummet into darkness and despair. There really seems to be no other good choices. This reality of God’s provision and support is what makes me have pity upon those who seek truth in mankind will find there will never be fulfillment.
We can so easily maintain the mindset that pressing forward is the only solution. There are little sayings that quote “If your not moving forward, your falling back”. It is these little ideas that create anxiety in people when the times come and you don’t feel like your making any progress, and yet the Word of God reveals a different perspective:
Isaiah 26:8 “Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You.”
Psalm 38:15 “For I wait for You, LORD; You will answer, Lord my God.”
Psalm 39:7 “And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.”
Walking with God sometimes looks like waiting upon Him.
If we don’t know which way to go, wait until He shows you! If you truly want the Lord to lead, you can’t go and get impatient, there is a reason why He is keeping you where your at.
It is in those times of trust where we often times have the greatest amount of clarity, then when it’s time to move, we should not be dissuaded by anything that catches our attention along the way.
When He begins to leads us further down this path of life, nothing will stand in the way by which He has ordained.
How do we know if we are in His company?
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.”
Galatians 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
The Spirit of God manifests His presence and purpose in you as you walk in Him. You see the attributes of God manifest in the life of a believer who is deliberately submitting to God’s Spirit in their life.
What is the test?
2 Corinthians 13:4 “For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you.”
The power of God manifest in the life of believer is the test of whether God is actively leading your life.
The power of God is demonstrated in a multitude of ways but I suppose that will need to be a topic for another day….
Until then, keep walking in Him.