Henry Blackaby notes, “Understanding spiritual truth does not lead you to an encounter with GOD; it is the encounter with GOD.”
In Unit 5 & 6 he continues with a discussion of how GOD speaks through the Holy Spirit, Bible, Prayer, Circumstances, and the Church. I was struck by the many methods that GOD uses trying to get through to me. I find myself looking for a “burning bush” experience, but sense that I will find Jesus speaking to me in the ordinary days. Maybe I need not look for GOD in the miraculous, but instead pay attention to His revelations in the mundane. Blackaby affirms, “That GOD spoke is the most important factor, not how He spoke.”
Repeatedly through these sections, Blackaby gives emphasis to my adjusting my life in response to these GODencounters. It is not enough to agree with what GOD is saying; My response is “crucial.” In fact, at one point Henry asserts that until one responds with a life adjustment, “GOD will continue to see you as wicked.”
WOW. That’s harsh.
But thinking about it, I find it to be true. If someone I love seemingly agrees with an admonition I have shared, but makes no effort to change or alter their course in response, I certainly view that someone as stubborn or rebellious. I can see how GOD would view my unrepentant, unaltered ways as wicked. Wicked aptly describes my heart when I don’t yield to GOD’s will.
I am reminded of that deviant shopping cart, seemingly possessed by some grocery-parking-lot-demon. You make efforts to guide it a certain direction and it seems to fight you, curving for the deli. It’s the resistance of that lone wheel or a conspiracy of cart wheels that has that “wicked” cart going where you did not intend.
Personally, I tend to trade up that rebellious cart for a more obedient cart. Let that wicked shopping cart roll right into hell.
I am glad GOD is not like me. He doesn’t trade me up for the more obedient. He works with me.
It is a good thing that GOD not only reveals His will, but also provides the power for me to make the life adjustment. Philippians 2:13 says, “It is GOD who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.”
Dear GOD, thank you for working in me as I make efforts to not only agree with You, but also to make life adjustments. Help me respond to GODencounters, following not fighting the spiritual truths You reveal.