Thursday, February 22, 2007 4:00 a.m.
Sometimes God puts us in His “Boot Camp” in order for us to learn of Him and have a hunger for Him. In God’s Boot Camp He teaches us to be dependent entirely on Him, and Him alone. We are to hunger and thirst after God and His righteousness. God’s Boot Camp strips us of all that once sustained us, all that we leaned upon, all that we once looked to for strength and stability. After we are brought to the empty bowl and the dry well, we reach out and hunger and thirst for God. John Piper wrote,”When God is the supreme hunger of your heart, He will be supreme in everything. And when you are most satisfied in Him, He will be most glorified in you,” (A Hunger for God). Right now I feel like I am in God’s Boot Camp, stripped of all security and comfort. I now must learn to rely on God’s security and comfort, and nothing else.
Thought for Today: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6).
Sunday, June 5, 2005 7:45 a. m.
I prayed earnestly about something and I truly expected God to do a miracle. When He didn’t, I was devastated. I had to pray for God to give me peace over the entire matter. This is a constant struggle for me. I must learn to trust God and welcome His will. Unfortunately, this lesson is continually having to be repeated. I guess I’m a slow learner. Then I read Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, (p.157). He said, “When what we wanted to happen does not, we are to take a deep breath spiritually. It doesn’t matter. God is still glorifying Himself.” What words of wisdom. Amy Carmichael wrote, “If when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant, I shrink back from it; if the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart’s choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, Then I know nothing of Calvary love.” (If, p.69). Lord, help me learn this lesson.
Thought for Today: Welcome God’s will, whatever it may be.