Please forgive my self-narration here, but I think it best to share the process of how my essays come about with those that might read my writings. I don’t think there is anything exceptional about me other than the fact that lately, it is my desire to serve the Lord so I constantly seek His guidance as to how I might serve. However I would be lying to you if I said that I do not expect or believe that the Lord hears my prayers and responds to me according to His will. This is not something that I imagine but it is the promise from God. It is the power of God; and to me it is where the rubber meets the road.
Christ tells us that if we abide in Him… He will abide in us. This is very clearly stated in the book of John 15:5-8:
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
So as we desire to serve the Lord and constantly seek His guidance He hears our prayers and come unto us according to His divine plan. I am not special or unique but I do sincerely desire to serve the Lord. Apparently this form of writing is one of the ways that He chooses to use me. Quite frankly I really don’t like using the word “I” so many times in my essays because this is truly not about me but instead about what God does through those who desires to serve. If you wish to serve God He delights in using you. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” Matthew 9:37: There is so much work to be done in service to the Lord but far too few who are willing to serve.
One of the missing pieces of the puzzle for me was in establishing a means of communicating with the Lord in a way that I could perceive. I would boldly ask but wasn’t sure how or if He answered specifically. If you do not believe your prayers are heard by the Lord it leaves you wondering. It is not that the Lord did not hear you or answer accordingly; it was your ability to perceive Him. If you are a believer and do not acknowledge the works of the Lord’s hands then you essentially make His response ineffective from a practical point of view. That would be akin to someone giving you a gift card with a million dollars free to use but you do not believe it to be real so you refuse to use the gift that was freely given.
The Bible tells us a lot of things about life. The Word literally spells out a road map as to what our Creator expects of us. However if you do not acknowledge or believe it to be true then you essentially make the words ineffective. The point where the rubber meets the road is actually at the intersection of faith and reasoning. Many do not know how to get to that actual position. How do we believe in something that we cannot rationalize, see, hear or prove it exists? That is our challenge to overcome.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1. Reasoning has to do with intellect, logic, ratiocination and human sense. From the outset the two are incompatible because nearly everything about God isn’t logical. It isn’t natural, but instead, supernatural, and it does not make sense to us because we have to believe in evidence unseen rather than what is logically spelled out. So in order to have faith in God you must deny human logic (the self) and turn to God, as He exist, in Spirit and in Truth. That is where the rubber meets the road. Hmmm…
Again I will use myself as an example. I know that I am not perfect… far, far from it. Perhaps that is why and how the Lord decided to use my particular set of attributes? I did not always desire to serve the Lord and neither was I willing to publically confess my faults. Both blocked me from becoming something that the Lord could use as affectively to get His messages to a particular group of people. All of God’s messages are not intended for everyone alike. What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander. What I write is not everyone’s cup of tea.
I think God reaches to each of us uniquely as to what He alone knows about us. When He reaches out to you, it is done from a unique prospective rather than a global one. What better way to reach a sinner than through the confessions of a sinner who is willing to admit so? I don’t say this to boast or brag but to say that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. But getting to the point where the rubber meets the road can be very difficult and many can’t see a path to get there. Therefore the Lord in His infinite wisdom finds a way to reach out personally to all who call out to Him. If we did not believe that to be true then why pray! If we do not believe that God hears and answers prayers then why pray? If we do not believe in God then what is the point seeking Him?
At the intersection of faith and reasoning one would acknowledge the works of God’s hands so as He communicates with you the connection is made between what is seen and what is unseen. God is Spirit and Truth and that is how you must acknowledge Him. Why would you look for Him as something that the eyes can see? Daily and in each moment of the day I see the works of God’s hands and now I acknowledge His works so He nods back to me. I receive His nod in Spirit and in Truth so the line of communication is bonded. The more I believe the more is revealed until a real relationship is formed, one based upon trust. I believe in God so He abides in me. That is where the rubber has to meet the road in order to unfold what God has for us.
God is not a man that you should treat Him as such. He is sacred and holy but more real than most imagine. And He wants to have an intimate relationship with you, the one He created. Some of you can feel the Spirit move in this very moment as you read this message. It may have been intended just for you. That is the call from the Maker to the made. Don’t ignore the call and please acknowledge that you heard Him. Seek Him while He can be found. This is truly where the rubber meets the road. Selah!