What’s He After???

September 10, 2009

Over the years I’ve come across so many people who all share the same sense of loss at one level or another.  Not loss from a loved one dying or being terminated from a job, but loss stemming from a dream that never materialized or a prayer that never got answered. Yet every one of those people have also had great moments in God.  Times when everything went right for them.  Unfortunately so many  take the dreams or prayers that lie unfulfilled or unanswered and form an opinion of the will of God based on them.  The real tragedy is that we tend to leave those hopes to rot after not seeing breakthrough in a time-frame of our making and we adjust our viewpoints downward.  Yet in Matthew 7:7 the Lord tells us to ask and keep asking, seek and keep seeking, knock and keep knocking.  For whatever reason, He wants us to experience the challenge of  living with the mystery of not knowing when breakthrough is coming.  And on top of that He instructs us to keep asking for the breakthrough we haven’t seen yet. So what does He want, I mean…what’s He after?

I know it sounds weird in a consumer culture, but God is really more interested in who we are, than the breakthroughs we’re after. Many times grace comes and He grants some things without much effort on our part.  We get to experience the incredible ecstasy of being blessed when we didn’t even expect it but God is so loving that at other times He tethers breakthrough to our persistence in chasing Him.  In those times the challenge is staying persistent and not allowing ourselves to buy into the lie that God doesn’t want us to have the thing we’re praying about.  The challenge is not allowing frustration to creep into our hearts and open the door to unbelief.

So which is it? Is God a schizophrenic? What do you think He is bringing about in your heart as you press for breakthrough but on other occasions fall out of bed into a blessing?  Is it possible that He is training our hearts to care more about Him than the things we hunger for? Is it possible that He’s leading us into a lifestyle where are our joy is complete. In John 16:24 Jesus tell us to pray to the father so our joy will be complete. The joy is in relating to the Father, knowing that he hears us when we call, not the stuff that comes as a by-product.  The by-products are wonderful but I feel like we are a generation that is going to know the complete joy of the Lord as we learn to keep pressing into Him whether we get blessed in our time-frame or not. As great as breakthrough is…HE is forever and always….the great reward.