July 7, 2011

“Im homesick — longing for your salvation; I’m waiting for your word of hope.” Psalm 119:81 The Message

There is an uncomfortable truth about God: He works in His Time! We say we want to be wholly surrendered to His plans and purposes .. but .. just as soon as we say it we find how irritable we become when God “seems” slow to respond. It is not always an attractive picture that we see in our hearts. We hope no one else sees the churning going on .. or the frustration rattling about .. or the self-centered anger building in the corners of our minds and spirit as God “takes” His time to show up. It’s not always like that with God. There are plenty of moments when His response seems to pour out from the least expected places in our lives. The truth is: Walking with Jesus will create a homesickness within you. This world is broken and it is filled with broken people. It is a wearisome place to live. It is an even more wearisome place to learn how to love others in the “indwelling life of Jesus”. And that is precisely where His life is working in you. God indeed knows that your supply of hope runs dry from time to time. He knows that His love is the greatest nutrient you need for living in your world today. And yet .. Jesus taught us to pray in such a way that we would begin with our Father .. seek Him for our daily needs .. refill our supplies of forgiveness .. seek Him daily and sometimes throughout the day against temptations and struggles .. and rest in His hope-refilling assurance that we are a part of His present and coming Kingdom. But sometimes .. that prayer and His promise don’t seem enough and we find our smooth edges getting sharp and brittle. We aren’t very good waiters. But that’s okay because He is. It’s in those waiting moments that we discover how un-alert we are to His supply. It’s in those waiting moments that we discover that homesickness is God’s Holy Spirit activated ingredient to draw our attention away from ourselves and fix our eyes on Jesus. It’s in those waiting moments you discover that God’s great love is not just a momentary feeling but an abiding joy in every circumstance you are facing. Waiting teaches you how to really wait with a peace (Christ-in-you) that is sometimes unexplainable but extravagantly available. And if you need …? It only takes a moment …

“In your great love revive me so I can alertly obey your word.” Psalm 119:88 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Homeward Bound Followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One(ken@priorityone.org)

About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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