It’s Wednesday, second day of a new month, new quarter and new fiscal year in the office. I have 20 minutes left before I need to get up and start preparing for work. But here I am, trying to pull some thoughts together to write and outline some of the new learning I am receiving from the Lord.
Last week, the Lord reminded me on the story of Elisha and the Shunammite Woman in the bible. It was an unforgettable preaching in 2010. When the Lord dealt with my unbelief. The story was about a woman who invited Elisha (symbolize the Lord Jesus) to dwell in the room she had prepared for him. She was already satisfied having the Lord in her life, but the Lord confronted her and asked her what she wanted. She could not think of anything, but the servant said that she didn’t have a son. It was the moment when the Lord opens up our hearts to those things that we have locked up (quietly and safely). The woman thought that she was already satisfied, but the Lord knows what will satisfy her even more.
I can totally relate to the woman when she answered, “Please do not lie to me.” I felt the emotions to my bones. There are things that I have locked up, sealed and probably kept to forget and when the Lord asks for these things, it’s like a reflex to say, “I am currently in the okay mode, please don’t lie to me…”
But it is the Lord asking. Not anyone else. Not a limited, powerless human being. The God of Creation. The King of Kings. The Lord of lords is the one asking, “What do you need?”
It may have been a long wait, a hundred times of surrender and an inch to giving up. But He comes in His perfect time to perform His Word.
I recently heard a pastor preaching on “Asking Largely of God” and I liked how he said this about faith:
“I am sick and tired of saying, Lord, I believe. Help me with my unbelief. I want to grow and say, I believe. Period. Or I believe! Exclamation point!
Yes, I want that kind of faith. Up to that point of exclamation point! No more unbelief, no more doubt, just plain YES.
And to close, this morning the Lord showed me Mary’s exemplary faith. Let me quote it from the article written in my bible:
“It is clear that she did not claim to understand it herself, but simply worshipped God in humble acknowledgement of the phenomenon engulfing her existence.”
What a perfect attitude of submission, trust and faith. Lord, let it be also in me, such faith and trust in Your perfect will, by Your grace alone.