If you were wondering what was going on in Kyle Korver‘s mind when he had this look of horror/disbelief/devastation as Derrick Rose lay writhing on the ground with what we all later found out to be a torn ACL, Korver poured his heart out in an extensive Facebook post on Saturday.
We all want to experience God’s blessing, but omit obedience. It’s like we get “selective amnesia” (phrase my dad used to say lol). We’ll remember that God is a good God, the scriptures where He bestowed blessings upon believers, but glance over the part where obedience preceded the blessing. However, obedience to God’s Word shouldn’t be for the blessing, motives motivated for self. Our concept of “blessing” often conflicts God’s ideal. He’s Omniscient in how he honors our obedience, God got this, He knows what He’s doing. He promises to “…meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 TNIV).
Let’s selflessly alter our focus and obedience on the Blesser, as opposed to the blessing. Remember as believers in Christ, that God’s “…thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8 TNIV), so knowing that our finite minds can’t fully grasp the ways of an infinite God should strengthen our trust that EVERYthing (joy, pain, happiness, hardship, etc) is “all-to-the-good” with a God that’s good.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28 TNIV)
I’mma deem this as the triple C, something I’m gonna strive to have. Was listening to the Thru The Bible radio program & J. Vernon McGee was discussing that in order to “bear much fruit”, we must be connected to the true vine, that is Christ. That comes from being in tune worth the Holy Spirit’s guide on our day-to-day decision-making. Not the pious type of Christian, toting a Bible under our arm 24/7, with no sense of joy in our demeanor. However, not a person that acts as the world does where there’s no sign of connection to Christ.
Like McGee said on the recorded broadcast, “the world will not love a real child of God”…so there must be a separation factor that comes into play. It’s a process, but trust me, it’s well worth it. Let’s connect to Christ. Constant communion thru the Holy Spirit. No, not just the cracker & juice taken on 1st Sunday lol (even tho that’s a symbolic gesture of remembering the importance of salvation thru Christ). I’m talking a connection that only comes thru reading His Word, the Bible, that has changing power. To the non-believer, come as you are, seek change. Can’t do it on your own merit. Connect to Christ.
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5 TNIV). Prophetic!
It’s amazing to observe how God used prophets hundreds of years before Christ came on the scene, in the flesh, to tell of a crucifixion (and many other occurrences) that had not yet happened, but came to pass. Isaiah, written approx as early as 700BC? Speaking on Christ those many years before it happened? Like I shared with someone this morning, mathematically, I want to research the probability of prophesy. That alone is amazing in itself! God is amazing! His inspired Word revealed thru blessed individuals, from all walks of life, in many literary forms, over a span of let’s say some 1,500 years, yet it’s applicable to us some 2,000+ years later? Complex it seems, yet amazing! We serve a good God.
On this Good Friday, let’s really contemplate its significance. Some get a work day off. We can say “Amen!” to that, I get it. However, Good Friday’s more than that. To me, I can see the irony in some thinking “how can the crucifixion: something gruesome, bloody, to someone innocent… be observed on this Friday as ‘good’? That’s death! That’s good? This was the PASSION for Christ? I don’t get it!”
Many questions swirl that should evoke a search for answers. God has always been at our disposal, to the believers (as Christ as their LORD and Savior) and the non-believer. It’s up to us with what we do with those questions and His availability. With a diligent, seeking heart I doubt God will “leave us hangin” getting those questions answered. Getting closer to Him. We like to think time’s at our disposal. Like Isaiah (& other prophets) we can’t prophesy that. However, we can utilize the time we have now. Let’s use it. Invest it. God’s too good for us to be missing out on His blessing he has in store for us. This Word contains gems, has power for change. Its treasure won’t go null and void.
Read quite a few chapters in Leviticus this morning, God was very specific how His children were to approach Him. Sacrifices. Atonement of sins. Consecration. To be set apart for God.
Now starting the gospel of Mark. Folk from ALL walks of life (some with sickness, disease, demon possessed, etc.) sought after Christ for physical and spiritual healing.
I’m just noticing that there was a sense of urgency to SEEK Christ. Disciples got up and followed. No hesitation. Something I know, personally, I need to step-it-up more in the area of actively SEEKing God. Something I would advise anyone who professes “Christian” to do. It starts with spending time reading….the Bible.
Let’s get active. Hard to hear from God, if we don’t spend time in His Word. Trust me, I know first hand about this. Conviction on this end gets to ya boy on the daily. Like with relationships, hard to say you have a fulfilling and healthy one if there’s no time invested in it.
Invest in God. Be kingdom-minded. He’s been here all along, since the beginning of time. He created it. He’s always good on His commitment if we claim a relationship with Him. We’re the ones who “fall short” (Romans 3:23), not Him, in our commitment. It’s imperative we do the leg work to get right with God. Get to God. Get right. In that order. Diligently seek Him. Gotta come a point where you say “enough is enough”. It’s time.