Since 2005, I have been in search of the peace found in Philippians ‘the peace of God which transcends all understanding,’ while I am not there yet, I feel myself getting closer and closer. In the book of Jeremiah, God declares that he has plans for us. The Gospel of Matthew tells us that if we seek the Kingdom first all else will be added. And yes, I desire that too. I want my God life, nothing missing, nothing extra, just what God desires me to have. However do I deserve it?
In the midst of praying some not so safe prayers and life struggles, God has blessed me immensely and challenged me even more, to be obedient. I have learned that to get the God life I have to surrender ‘my’ life. So this morning I woke up in conflict. I have reached a place of dependence on God, without going into details, suffice to say so much of what I thought I needed to feel safe and secure is gone and I feel stripped. I know there is a reason for the stripping, I asked for it, prayed for it; however that doesn’t make me feel less conflicted. I get some aspects of God; he takes away so that even greater can be added. I have read the counts of the lives of Job, Ruth, Daniel, Joseph, Rahab and so many other children of God that have gone before us. I know the reward, especially the eternal reward is worth the sacrifice. Assurance of this very fact came in the form of scripture this morning. God lead me on a walk through Ecclesiastes, I encourage everyone who reads this blog to take the same walk, especially if you are pursuing the God life.
I finished Ecclesiastes and God had the final word, the journey to ‘peace that transcends all understanding’ begins and ends with OBEDIENCE.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (The Message) The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you. And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.
Selected Headings from Ecclesiastes (NIV and The Message combined):
- Everything Is Meaningless
- I’ve Seen It All
- I Never Said No To Myself
- I Hate Life
- A Time For Everything
- God’s Testing Us
- Slow Suicide
- God’s In Charge, Not You
- A Salary Of Smoke
- Make The Most Of What God Gives You
- Things Are Bad
- Don’t Take Anything For Granted
- How To Interpret The Meaning Of Life
- A Common Destiny For All
- Seize Life
- The Final Word