Saturday, March 22, 2008

Learning to Listen

"And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. Then you will defile your carved idols overlaid with silver and your gold-plated metal images. You will scatter them as unclean things. You will say to them, 'Be gone!'"~ Isaiah 30:20-22

Following His will means listening to Him, and removing the idols in our life. That's the best way we can pay close attention to the heart of our Maker.

I've been faced with some interesting choices these past few weeks. Choosing purity, choosing a life path, discerning my heart place and re-learning this amazing thing called a personal relationship with God. In this process, I've had to remove some pretty sturdy idols in my life. By His grace, they've been conquered and destroyed. And with that has come this amazing reality of His presence and realization of truth. First, it was MY sin that nailed Him to the cross. It had been quite a while since I truly had that conviction. Second, I have received mercy for my sin...I have been redeemed by His power and sacrifice.

So often I feel as if I associate Christ's sacrifice with a collective Body. And while this is true, I tend to lose the understanding of the weight of my sin and what a miracle it is that I have been deemed righteous. It all connects, really.

Without this understanding of who I am, I would have a terrible time trying to figure out what the Lord wants me to do in life. The complete inability of mine to save myself reminds me of my need and dependency on Jesus. I rely on Him for everything...for I am nothing without Him. My overarching purpose is to glorify Him...and He directs me in that purpose.

Knee-bent, I must be.

Acknowledge Him in all we do, and He will make our paths straight...for in Him, the Way is found.

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