Passion, desire, intensity


A few days ago, I posted about how the North Carolina Tar Heel's were lacking passion in their games. Last night was no different in they're playing, but something struck me; my walk with the Lord is often times the same. The other night when Carolina played State, they showed the passion and the desire to be out there and it resulted in a win. Last night, they played lazy and like they just didn't care and lost. There are many days and weeks that my desire to spend time with the Lord is there and it's strong. And then there are other times where I just don't seem to care. I do other things rather than spend time with my Heavenly Father, and that is just not okay. It was an odd time to have this revelation, but honestly, are there really times that God is predictable?  Normally, no. I shared this thought with Andrew, and he agreed that more often than not, we are lackadaisical and not passionate about spending time with the Lord. It's a hard thing to realize, but an extremely necessary thing to realize.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. -- Deuteronomy 7:9

There is no one that desires me more than my God, but yet, too many times I desire earthly thing over Him.  And that is just a frustrating thing. For someone that has known of the Lord's goodness for the majority of their life, I just don't believe there is any kind of excuse for that.

And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
--Ephesians 5: 2

Another revelation that I had on Saturday was when watching Evan Almighty. For those of you who haven't seen the movie, I reccomend watching it. It's humerous, but has an excellent message. The quote that stuck me is this:

Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?

The weeks leading up to Pastor Livingston challanging us to the Daniel Fast, I had been praying for more discipline. I, of course, expected for that discipline to just land in my lap. When I was given the opportunity to display some discipline, I failed. The reason; I didn't rely on God's strength. I expected it to be easy, and surprise, it wasn't. But thankfully, God doesn't write us off when we go the wrong way or make a wrong turn; He finds another way to bring us back to where He wants us. Francis Chan says that God is like a GPS system; when we turn the wrong way, He recalculates for us. He doesn't get angry or yell, He is patient and shows His love and mercy. Praise Him for that. My gosh! Think of all the times you've gone the wrong way and how many times God just wraps His arms around you and steers you back in the direction you need to be. Anytime you're down, don't let the enemy make you believe that's where you'll stay. Your God will not allow it!

But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
Do not rejoice over me, my enemy
Though I fall I will rise;
Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me
--Micah 7:7-8

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Nicole said...

What a great message, Maggie!

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