September 27, 2014
Being willing to communicate with God in a candid and straight-forward fashion is one characteristic of a mature faith-based relationship. I am deeply grateful for Walter Brueggemann’s studies of the Psalms and the way in which Brueggemann's work makes clear that in the Psalms God and His people are unfailingly honest with each other.
Tact, however, is another matter entirely.
David, for example, in fierce conflict with his enemies, says to God (Hubbard paraphrase), “You have seen what is happening, God, and you have been silent; You haven’t said a word. You have stayed away—You haven’t even come close to the battle. Now, God, stir yourself up, wake up and come help me.” [Psalm 35:22, 23.]
David had no doubt that God could manage the situation, but David’s problem, as he perceived it, was to get God’s attention. Lots of faith here, but telling God to wake up and get a move on and come be God-present in the battle is not exactly the epitome of tactful diplomacy!!
I was talking with a friend this week about the amount of energy required to pursue a Spirit-directed life. In an unguarded moment, I said “You know, sometimes God wears me out.”
My friend laughed.
However, she is a new friend and herself still somewhat new in the faith-life. Later, remembering this context, I wondered if, after she got home, my friend considered calling me to explain that Jesus said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
When I see her again, I will try to remember to revisit my comment and be sure that she understands what I meant.
In the meanwhile, I want to raise with you the issue of energy in the context of faith-based living.
Does your deliberate faith-based life sometimes leave you tired? How much energy does your faith life consume?
As I have thought about this, I have decided that my relationship with God and my participation in the Kingdom Work takes enormous energy—so much in fact that if it were not that God Himself serves as the energy source the faith-life would not be possible.
Fortunately, God doesn’t run out of energy. Sometimes, however, I run out of strength to channel it.
In these last months I have come to cherish Isaiah 40:28-31 all over again in new ways. Share with me God’s promise:
Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
Still flying although my feathers are thinner.
See you next week.