I have to ask myself, am I as committed as I should be when it comes to following Christ on a day to day basis? My heart longs to be close to the Lord, but often I find myself torn between my desires to build a fully committed relationship with Jesus Christ, and meet all of the demands that living in the 21st century brings. In 2014, there is nothing that could be more crucial than building my relationship with Jesus Christ. I’ve come to the conclusion, that if I get that part of my life in order, then, all of my other relationships will be stronger as well.
What life can exist unless it is connected to the bread of life? He gives living water, that I might not thirst again. He brings peace when I am walking through the storms of life.
For me, 2014 will be a year of fulfilled promises. The Lord has blessed me, more than I ever deserved, but deep in my spirit there are those–I never thought that you would do that for me Lord–kind of promises, that are still unanswered. He says that he will bring it to pass, and then another year goes by, and decades zip by, and he still says to, wait. But Lord, I’ve been waiting all of my life, I have said many times in desperation; this years feels different.
After the years have continued to pass when it seems that the Lord isn’t responding to my prayer, I realize that every day has been a part of the journey to prepare me for what the Lord desires for me. If he had caused it to come to pass too soon, it may have caused me to fall away from his presence. Would I still be seeking God, if he answered too soon?
Would the answered prayer, consume too much of my time that I wouldn’t have time to go to the house of the Lord to worship? What would an early answered prayer cost me spiritually?
No, when the Lord says to wait, it is for our good. This year is different. It is time. I don’t need to beg God to come through with his promises, because he is the keeper of time, and at the appointed time, he will bring it to pass. When it does happen, I will know that all of the tears, sleepless nights, intercession, were for his purpose to prepare me to receive it.
Could God trust me to still be faithful to him after he gives me the desires of my heart? Building trust takes time. The Lord is getting ready to move some mountains in our lives, because the time is short before his return. My desire is to do God’s will. There is no backing down or turning back, I am committed to step out in faith and trust God.
This week’s Lattereign challenges us to make up our minds to be Committed in 2014. To be half-committed is no commitment at all.