Friday, January 01, 2010

He holds me by the hand

Psalm 37

3 Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

My boss (and oh how I love and respect her!) talks about being politically correct in the workplace.  Do the right thing, take the right action, be nice to the right people, avoid being seen with the wrong people  in order to be assured that you will keep your position and succeed. She is a pro at being politically correct and I watch her and take notes, to be quite honest.

But then, there is this place where we part company, her and I.  My Boss holds me to a higher standard...then again maybe that is the wrong way to put it.  A higher standard sounds like a harder standard, but it is not like that at all.

He wants me to trust Him and do good.  Even when it seems foolish, when it is politically incorrect.  Mostly, although I may not want to do these things, when I am obedient to Him, I find it is actually easier.  I experience the truth that "My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt 11:30)  When I do the "difficult thing" such as remain calm and be kind and pleasant to people who are upset when they come to see me, I find blessing in the truth that Love does overcome.

I used to want to be rich and famous.  Well, sometime the baser part of me still wants those things.  Then I used to want to save and fix my family, my friends, well, the entire world around me!  But praise be to God!  He has healed me and revealed that only He can save and change hearts.  He only wants me to trust Him and do good.  He wants me to wait patiently for Him to act.  Only then can He work in my heart and in the hearts of others.  But it is Him, not me.

No amount of plotting, scheming, lecturing, striving can secure riches and fame for me.  And now I realize that if this is not of Him, I don't really want it anyway.  I want to be in His will, whatever that is.

Whatever riches He gives me, He wants me to share and not keep!

He wants me to Make Him Famous!  Give Him the Glory!

And this means I get to Be Still and Rest in Him.

7 Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
12 The wicked plot against the godly; they snarl at them in defiance.
13 But the Lord just laughs, for He sees their day of judgment coming.

16 It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich.
17 For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly.

23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
24 Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

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