June 08, 2008

Daily seeking God

Since late March, God has been leading me to view my relationship with Him in this way - He is there to walk with me through every moment throughout my day to guide my choices, my attitudes, and my goals.

I feel a lot is at stake each day as I strive to raise our three girls in a way that pleases God, and points them to their own lives that I trust will serve Him as well. Parenting is such a daunting task. Homeschooling is a monumental task, one I am committing to one year at a time. My goal in homeschooling is to equip each child to make an impact for God's Kingdom as God leads them in their adult life. Also intimidating, is the fact that my daily witness to the people around me may make or break a chance for me to point them to Christ for salvation. With all these larger-than-human tasks in my life, I must have God's daily guidance. Only He can see the big picture, and order my life to be used exactly as He needs to fulfill these purposes I believe He has given me.

So, I am inspired by this need for daily direction from God, and I need to seek Him. As much of a morning person I am not, I decided that in order to give God my best, I need to find a time when the children won't interrupt me, and when my mind is ready to absorb what God shows me. That time was early morning, before the girls wake up. So since I have been keeping this habit of Bible reading and prayer, it has both rewarded and challenged me. I see God leading me daily, and also challenging me to change, and I see the enemy trying to inhibit that relationship and growth. (Note to enemy - game on! God and I win. You lose.)

There is a need for all believers to seek God daily. Without that, who is guiding your goals? Who directs the choices you make in how you spend your time, money and energy? It seems so basic, and I believe that it is supposed to be. We simply need to let God show us His way, and how to walk in it, day after day, so that He can use us for His glory.

God has made it simple for us to not only have a relationship with Him, but also to understand Him better through His Word. Don't settle for 5-10 minute devotions as your only time spent in personal Bible Study. Don't settle for merely Sunday morning worship services, sermons, Christian TV, Christian radio, Christian books to feed your soul. Rather, let the Holy Spirit, this awesome gift that we have upon receiving Christ as our Savior, reveal to you God's character and His proddings toward spiritual growth, tailored just for you through His intimate understanding of who you are and what you need. Through the simple reading of Scripture and prayer, God can give you all the direction you need, and He will not steer you wrong.

Recently, my husband wrote the following, which I believe says something important about the need for each Christian to seek God daily:

"[I want to help people] understand Biblical theology as opposed to canned theology, which I see as accepting pat, predefined, easy answers someone else has already worked out, as opposed to struggling with the Scriptures and wrestling with the difficult questions of faith that challenge our security and preconceptions about God.

"Canned theology robs us of the shaping struggle of coming to grips with the challenges of faith in real life. It stumps our growth. . . having doubts and questions for God is a healthy thing. It's not that they question the essentials, but since they don't have a quick answer or a forceful system of thought on a certain finer point of theology they feel intimidated and the Accuser is using that to make them feel less than they are. . . it has already created some very in-depth theological discussions that are challenging us to grow." -- Derek Pottinger

I agree that this danger of being led to believe something about God or His ways that may or may not be Scriptural is real. Without each Christian searching for the Truth in God's Word, there are bound to be a lot of incorrect beliefs. We need to take our questions to God and ask Him to show us His answers. He may not answer everything, but He will give us all that we need.

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