Friday, May 08, 2009
I know it's rare I'm back so soon. Do you ever find yourself wanting to write, but can't seem to make the writer in you come out? I went to One Blessed Nana's blog today, and was so ministered to. The title of her blog is: instrument For His Glory, and the title of the entry is: Is prayer Suppose to Be Hard? I wonder how we each honestly would answer that question at different seasons in our lives?
I was reading in Exodus today, when Moses went to tell the Israelites that God had heard their cries for deliverance from the Egyptians. Their first reaction was to bow down in worship that their prayers had been heard. This is of course what their response should have been, but before we applaud them, remember that a chapter later, they are confronting Moses and blaming him, for making their hardships worse. What happened to them since they bowed in worship, and now their short lived act of worship has shifted, to an outlook of gloom. Before I pounce on the Israelites, I need to look in the mirror, because I'm no different. Some days, no sooner have I left a worship service where I truly worshipped, have I found myself complaining about something, or bowing down to worship the idols of pride or indifference or laziness. Sometimes on the hand, I could learn a lesson from God's people, because even though they wavered, their first response was still worship, which is often more than I offer. The Israelites wanted deliverance only if it came without struggle or suffering, they didn't understand that in the hardships they would see God's wonders and glory like they would not otherwise. I have to tell you, I don't want to suffer, and hurt, and often I'm more concerned with deliverance from hardships than knowing God better or seeing God's glory. I don't want to be a person of shallow or short-lived worship, but I have a long way to go, as I've been rather shallow. In this country, we thrive on "quick fixes". I love fast food, and I am bad about not waiting for food to cool, and burning my tongue. I don't want to be called a fast food worshiper, or a shallow worshiper. May God help us be true worshipers." I'm preaching to myself, but can you relate? Please go by and visit one blessed Nana, she has a great blog! www.instrumentforhisglory.blogspot.com