I am thinking today....... and if you have been following my musings for any time, you know it is something I consider pretty important....this thinking thing. So important that I keep suggesting that you join me in the process. My today thinking centers around two religious philosophies.... two schools of thought..... two camps, as it were, that have been at war forever..... the mercy/grace camp and the law/rules camp......
I really enjoy reading people like Chambers and Tozer...... because I am constantly challenged to think! Thinking is a good thing... :) The other day, Chambers challenged me with the question, "Why does God tell us to ask Him for things?" That really got my head buzzing.....you know......... if God says He knows everything we need, says He knows all about us, knew us before we were in our mother's womb, knows the beginning and knows the end.....
Have you noticed that we humans tend to be absolutely certain about everything....things like the way to do everything....like the way everything should work out...the way it ought to happen...today, tomorrow...a week from next Tuesday.....next year...the rest of our lives.... we have the perfect plan and the perfect way for everything!
People joke about Vermont having only two seasons.....winter...and the 4th of July!
It's good to be back from yet another quick trip. This time to spend some time with my friend Owen from NH. It has been a very interesting week.....learning tons of things.....but always coming back to the one thing the Lord is trying to show me....show us....show His people..... that single most important thing we need to give ourselves to, in order to come to that place of intimacy in Him that I keep talking about. Would you like to know what that is? You know I'll talk about it anyway so you might just as well say "Yes!" :)
I just read something in the new John Eldredge book, that really is just what I want to say.....it is so nice to have somebody agree with me! :) No way could I say it better or even mess with it...so I am going to just quote it!
Walking with God - John Eldredge - Page 28, On Learning to Listen
We are invited to become followers of Jesus. Not just believers. Followers. There is a difference.
He really does want to talk to us. One of the best ways we can co-operate with that process is to ask Him questions. It is almost like we have been programmed by our religious systems to believe that God is much to busy with all the real problems going on all over the world to mess with my little concerns.... who are you to think God would listen to you anyway and even if He did, if He knew what you were really thinking, it would be lightning bolt time!
Yesterday, I mentioned receiving a burden from the Lord. It was a very powerful thing. Our friends, the Rodmans, had sent us an email asking us to pray for a little girl named Kailiah.
Did you know that it is ok with God not to pray for everything?
I remember when I first met the Lord (that's that Christianese language I mentioned the other day).,...but it expresses so well what happened back then in 1968 that I risk using it here :)
Two days ago, I mentioned the brakes that are located on the passenger seat side of our car....remember?.....that's where my wife sits because I am the greatest driver in the whole world? ...actually the best at doing anything? Yes, you do remember that, right? Let me tell you about the importance of those brakes.