How God Replied to My Groan

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“What’s the matter with me?” I groaned. I wouldn’t have minded shrieking, but I’m working on the volume of my voice. It can get a little out of control, and I have come to believe God gave me my voice for His glory – not for me to raise my voice with frustration, impatience, and the whole nine yards. But still. I couldn’t help the groan. After all, I planned to write today. And nothing, absolutely nothing, nothing of any value anyway, was coming off of my fingers on my keyboard – let alone out of my heart.

“Stop looking at yourself,” the Lord replied. “Look at me.”

Now wait a minute. I wasn’t expecting any feedback. I was sliding into a bunch more groans, a good dose of self-pity, and who knows where I was ultimately headed. Nowhere worthwhile, nor positive, no doubt. So I suppose it didn’t hurt that God decided He better get in His two cents before I went any further. And do you know something? He was absolutely right. Imagine, God being right. Always, of course. Nevertheless, why is it that I still have such a propensity to forget to call on the name of the Lord? And to listen to His replies?

“Look to me, because I am the one who has what you need,” the Lord interrupted. “I am here to show you what to do. You need to turn to me. Do not continue this day in your flesh. Continue in my Spirit. I am what you need. Be still, Lara, and rest in me. Give me your trust. When you do, you will find what you are looking for. No more do I want you to seek to accomplish things in your flesh. Let me lead you.”

Wow. I had no idea God had so much to say. Well, of course I had no idea. After all, I was doing exactly what God told me not to do. I was placing my trust in myself, not Him. And I was trying to work in the flesh, which never accomplishes anything of any significance. Isn’t it amazing how when I shut my mouth and open my heart and ears how the Lord fills me with exactly what I need to hear, and to know, and to do. Like wisdom.

And, come to think of it, I’ve been praying a bunch recently for wisdom from the Lord. The trouble is I’ve said my prayers, but haven’t always been still enough to listen. Like now. Listening to the Lord always amazes me. It always humbles me. It is still, and will always be, so unfathomable to me that the Lord of this universe would love and care for me enough that He would want to spend time with me, that He would want to speak to me, that He would want to bathe me in His comfort, His peace, His hope, and all the endless blessings that come with knowing Him and spending time with Him.

The groan is gone now. I have no need for it. I am still again in His presence, joyful that despite everything going on in the whole wide world, that the Lord is right here with me. And wanting to be right there with you. Have you considered that? Do you, too, need to be still? Do you, too, need to open your ears and your heart right now? Do you need to recognize, and be humbled by, and rejoice in knowing the Creator of this world wants you to come to Him?

Thank you, Lord, for loving your children. Thank you for wanting us to come to you. Thank you for speaking to me, for reminding me, that you are sovereign. Thank you, Lord, most of all, for being you! 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10 ESV

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 NASB

 25If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 NASB

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14 NASB


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