JOURNAL: The integration of God’s Word into our lives is a tough thing. But I believe that God calls us to exactly that…His truth changing our very lives. It is not a natural thing for us but rather a supernatural thing for us…done with God’s help.
The knowing something to be true is not the hard part. We hear things on a daily basis that we acknowledge as truth and other things that we know are not. But what I am talking about is deeper. I am talking about those things we know in our head to be true and right, being packed up and moved deep down into our heart in such a way that our lives are changed because of it. That is the hard part and that is the struggle. It is a, “Head Knowledge vs. Heart Knowledge,” kind of thing.
When we hear and read the word of God, “WE” have to be willing to open up our hearts and allow it to change us, not just hear it and say, “Yes, that is true.” God, our Loving Father, presents it to us, offering the change and then it is up to us to approve the work to be done.
Looking back in my life, there were times when I was simply just not willing to let God change certain areas of my life. He knocked, I didn’t answer. With me, I was just afraid of what God might change and how He might change it if I gave that area up to Him. What would it look like? How would it feel? What color and shape would it be? I wanted to know how it would all look now, before I submitted, before I surrendered. But that requires absolutely no faith at all. I was still fighting for the “my ways” instead of the integration of "His ways" and in doing so, severely limiting my growth in Him.
But there is good news. As I have gotten older, I am learning to totally surrender. I am changing and giving up the fight for my ways, for what is truly best for me, even though I can’t see in advance…even though I don’t know what it will all look like on the other side of the construction.
As children of the King, our loving Father is always working on us…always calling us to newness. There is so much to do and we are all certainly a work in progress with a very willing Builder waiting for each go ahead.
And so the process goes as you hear God say, “You need some work here. May I begin?” We surrender one area, God begins to make beauty from ashes and then He highlights a new area. It is the surrendering of ourselves to God a little at a time, one decision at a time, over and over again that brings steady change and makes us look more and more like His Son. And as we look back over time, we can begin to see the awesome beauty of God’s handiwork and it is amazing.
Now, at this time in my life, I have finally come to a place where I am not afraid to give God anything and everything He brings up in my life. When I look back over my life and see just how badly I managed things on my own…in contrast to the areas where God has managed something…it really is a no brainer. Yes, yes, even I can do it.
I don’t want to brag, but I may even be getting ahead of God these days when it comes to this concept. In fact, I am loading up truck loads of areas and saying to my Daddy…take it please. I’m not even sure some of the stuff is even on His “to do list” yet but that’s ok. The greatest point here is that my thinking has been changed by the faithfulness of God. I know that no matter what He does with what I give Him, whether I understand or not…whether I see it or not…HE is working it all for my best. And that is good enough for me.
Daddy, I am so thankful for all You have done in my life. I am thankful that You love me enough to keep moving my heart to change for my betterment because it makes me more and more useful to You. And I want to be useful to You. Please continue to make the changes necessary in me to make me into the best me that is beyond my sight but clearly in Your vision for me.
David L. Wood 6/29/2015 © All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the writer, David L. Wood.
James 1:22-25 (NIV)
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”