Yet Another Call
Can two walk together without an agreement? God is not man to be served on our terms and conditions. No matter how great and mighty the promises are they will all be recieved through a process. No amount of manipulation or cajoling will make Him okay us without the process He had laid down. Thus, no matter what we go through which the Bible calls ‘light afflictions’, once we remain in Him these blessings and more will come to pass in our lives. Esther 1:1-end gives a vivid description of the relationship some children of God have with the Lord. Verse 7 of that Scripture describes the might, wealth and generosity of the King’s heart. With all this wealth, his greatest joy and treasure is the Queen! So are we in the Heart of the Most High God. Despite the display and the glory of the sun and the starry hosts in Psalm 19:1-6, Psalm 8:3-9 shows that man is the crowning glory of all that the Lord God created. No wonder He gave man the utmost gift, to dominate all that He had created. But what do men do instead? Verse 9 describes it clearly: “Queen Vashti also gave a feast for the women of King Ahasuerus’ palace.” Despite the fact that everyone was invited, she chose to run with her own agenda (Isaiah 29:15-16). What agenda are you running that goes contrary to the Lord’s concerning your job, ideas, marriage, finances, plans and ambitions? So many hide under the notion that since man is a ‘free-spirit being’, they could do whatever seemed right to them! Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us “For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.” As children of God, we don’t belong to ourselves neither can we draw up contrary plans to the plans God has in store for us. We need to access and hang on every instruction He gives to us if we claim to be in His presence. Ephesians 2:10 puts it more aptly: “For we are His creation – created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.” There is a work prepared ahead of time for us to do and it is a GOOD WORK! When the King requested the presence of the Queen to display her beauty and glory for all to see, her true self (stubborn and opinionated) showed which belied her beauty and glory. She forgot that it was not her beauty that neither brought nor kept her in the palace in the first place but the grace of the king and the pleasure he derives from her. Suddenly, she was no longer available to her king but available for other things. What instruction has the Lord impressed upon your heart that you are trying to wriggle out from because it is not convenient? Remember, as we abide in His presence, our lives carry the essence of His divine aroma that the world smells: “But thanks be to God, who always puts us on display in Christ, and spreads through us in every place the scent of knowing Him.” (2Corithians 2:14). We lose the fragrance when we refuse to come to Him daily. Just like Queen Vashti, once we refuse to come into His presence we lose relevance. Friend, dust the files of your heart and carry out ALL the instructions that He had given to you. Your whole existence as a child of God is to declare the praises of He that had called you out of darkness into His marvelous Light. God bless you.