I can’t decide if I want to begin this post with the revelation or the scripture that fell in my lap as I was praying this morning. Yes, it literally fell out of my bible and into my lap….it is on a bookmark that a friend of mine gave me. 😉
I love receiving revelation from God. I love opening my Bible and talking to Him about what He wants me to see as I’m reading. I’ve been asking Him for more revelation about my life, about my kids, about my marriage, about my friendships…you get the point. I’ve been trying to be intentional about including Him in EVERYTHING. I haven’t always done that. I’ve managed to live a relatively good life with Him in certain parts of it and not others. I’ve managed fairly well keeping Him confined to certain times of the day. Well, that doesn’t really work forever…especially not when you begin to seek a relationship with Him. It doesn’t work too well when you want to hear His voice. It doesn’t work too well when you want to be where He is…all the time.
So, I’ve been asking Him for revelation…
Watch out if you decide to do that…
It is a great thing to do, but it does have consequences…
If you ask Him questions and then really listen, He may tell you some things that you hadn’t really expected. He may point some things out in your life that need to change. It could be that all those things that irritate you aren’t really THOSE things. It could be you are the irritation. He may show you things you were aware of on some level, but then take you a bit deeper than your mind could have gone on its own. He does have the market on spiritual things, you know!
I’ve been on a journey for a closer walk with Him. That journey has taken me to a place where I needed to hear from Him about some things in my life that are…well…a bit messy. That happens when He isn’t in every part of your life. That happens when you don’t give Him complete control of all of it. That happens when you try to control it. That just happens because we live in a fallen world.
That’s a good thing, right?
Don’t we teach our kids to have self-control? Aren’t parents supposed to control their kids? Isn’t much of the world in a tail spin because people are so out of control? If there is a problem don’t we look to someone to take control of the situation if we can’t?
This morning I was reading over a list of things that people place above God…idols. None of us want to be found guilty of THAT…exalting someone or something to a higher place than God. Before I read this list, I had asked Him to show me if there was anything I was placing ahead of Him in my life. Um, I’ll be honest, more than one thing was highlighted for me on that list. Yikes! Thankfully He is gracious and loving and kind and good and FORGIVING. Yes, He is a jealous God, but He is forgiving and kind and shows us things so that we have an opportunity to turn around. You do that with your kids, right? Teach them the error of their ways so they can live a better life than the one they are headed into without your guidance? He just does it much more effectively than I do.
What were my idols? Eh, most of them are between me and Him…uh…well…all of them are BETWEEN me and Him. Anyways, I will share one that caught me off guard as being an idol. I already knew this thing was working against me. I already knew this tendency wasn’t really accomplishing the things I was using it for.
What? Control is an idol? How could that be? Control is a good thing…just look at the definition…
tr.v.con·trolled, con·trol·ling, con·trols1. To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct.2. To adjust to a requirement; regulate: controlled trading on the stock market; controls the flow of water.3. To hold in restraint; check: struggled to control my temper.4. To reduce or prevent the spread of: control insects; controlled the fire by dousing it with water.
1.a. An image used as an object of worship.b. A false god.2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.