Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week Fifteen - At Thy Word

Beside the Well

            I guess by now you realize God uses words to keep me encouraged and directed?  Well, a few years ago the word was possible.  In 2015 my word was enough.  One journal entry recorded something the Lord had shown me using both of these words.
            Jesus had all power.  He could do the impossible. Satan knew that when he tempted Him.  By the spoken word Jesus could turn stones into bread, water into wine, heal and raise the dead.  The winds and the waves obeyed His will; even the cross was not beneath His power to command. 
            Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus said, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39).  As I meditated I had to admit it was truly possible.   There were legions of angels ready at the spoken word to rescue Him. It was possible for Him to avoid the cross. It was truly possible for the cup to be removed. 
            Mark 14:36 records His prayer, “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.”   There was only one thing with enough power to motivate Jesus to accept the cross—the will of the Father.
            Jesus had free will to choose obedience. All power was in His hand.  It was possible, yet he chose to obey unto death. He submitted to the will of the Father and chose to suffer and die according to God’s will.  The mandate of God’s will was enough. 
            It makes me question, “What motivation makes it possible for me to obey?  Is God’s will as revealed in His word enough for me?  Do I choose to obey upon God’s direct mandate?”
            Or, do I find myself trying to wiggle out of obedience?  Do I make excuses for my lack of faithfulness, prayer, and Bible reading?  Do I blame others for my bad attitude or hardheartedness?  Am I stingy with expressions of my love for others?  Do I withhold witnessing if I feel discomfort or fear?  Do I fail to take up my cross in obedience?
            The word possible taught me that with God all things are possible.  There is no limit to His power.  And, as He lives through me I can truly do all things through Christ—no room for excuses, for all means all. 
            The word enough taught me God is enough for any situation, there is enough of His grace and love for anything I face, and what He says to do is enough to prompt my obedience.
            The real choice is left to me.  Do I believe in possible?  Do I know God to be enough?

            Christ did.  Easter proves it!

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