For instance, maybe what you really long for is a family to love. You want to bear your own children and raise them in the LORD. But you haven’t been able to conceive. Why would it be this way? Doesn’t seem to make good sense, right? You know you love God with all your heart. You know living with Him and for Him genuinely describes your life. Why wouldn’t He bless you with a child?
May I suggest that we just might be looking at it all wrong. We’re looking at life through our limited human perspective – a perspective that is broken and in desperate need of redeeming and repair.
I was reading Zechariah’s story in Luke 1 beginning in verse 5: “In the time when Herod was King of Judaea, there was a priest called Zechariah, of the priestly division of Abijah. His wife, who came from the Aaron family, was called Elisabeth. Both of them were righteous in God’s sight; they followed all the LORD’s commandments and ordinances without fault. THEY HAD NO CHILDREN. Elisabeth was barren, and both of them were of an advanced age…”
Here’s a couple who, though righteous in God’s sight, had no children (which was a disgrace for couples at that time and in that culture). Was God mad at them? Was He punishing them? Neither of these. So what was wrong? Nothing at all in God’s eyes…except maybe OUR perspective! Why do we think that being righteous in God’s sight automatically means that we will, OF COURSE, have whatever good thing we’d like, whenever we’d like. In this case, bear children. We have put the two together believing that a good God will of course just do this for us (in our time frame and in our way).
Yet, God is always working. He hasn’t abandoned us. BUT, His ways are not ours. He sees a much bigger picture than we do. Therefore, His timing and His doings are always right, always perfect and always best. What if we suspended our expectations and simply said, “God, I love you. Nothing is more important than You. I want to know You. I want to walk with You. I want to reflect You.” No agenda. No expectations. No broken perspective. We let God be God and trust Him literally WITH ALL THINGS, knowing that He is good, that He loves us with an everlasting love and is out for our good.
It doesn’t mean we don’t share our heart and our desires with Him. He wants us to. Instead, we go to Him, freely & often, sharing our heart’s desires with Him and entrusting them to Him since He’s the one that sees and knows all things (and we’re the ones with limited sight and knowledge).
I wonder what it might feel like to simply live with Him and in His Presence while leaving the details to Him…Merry Christmas Season friends <3