DAY 14 - DECEMBER 9TH, 2018
Advent is about waiting. To me, the greatest calling in life is to lift another’s burden! I hope my words can somehow mend the broken spirits of those of us who are waiting. Psalm 9:1 certainly seems like a great place to start.
On New Year’s Eve 2001 I came to realize I was mad at God. I felt He had promised me a wife, and 10 years later He hadn’t delivered. I quoted a variety of scriptures during my rant. It was about 7:30 PM; an ice storm had closed the roads as I finished my shift at ABC Radio, and instead of trying to make it home, I went to church to bring in the New Year thanking the Lord.
In the church lobby, I noticed that no one was around except the cleaning people – or so I thought. A man named Edgar showed up and asked, “Who are you talking to”?
“The Lord!” I said with attitude.
“What are you asking Him?”
A little bit miffed this guy had interrupted my rant. I quipped, “I’m talking to the Lord.”
“What about?” he prodded.
“My wife! He promised me a wife, and He hasn’t done it!”
Edgar began talking about Adam. I cut him off.
“I know about Adam! I’ve done several Bible studies on Adam. What about him?”
Edgar calmly said, “He must have had to count a lot of animals.”
To my surprise, that comment hit me like a ton of bricks! For the first time during my intimate conversation with the Lord, I felt a tugging in my spirit that said, “You haven’t finished naming the animals! In other words, you are called according to My purpose, brother.”
Have you been waiting for the Almighty to answer some prayer need, concern, or, like me, a desire? Then Luke 6:38 is for you! It says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)
The key word in that verse is “it”! What is “it” you want from the Lord? Start by giving “it” to those who need “it.” For my part, I’m encouraging as many marriages to stay together as I can. Did you know the divorce rate in the U.S. is 50-55% for believers and non-believers alike? The most reported reason is “Irreconcilable differences.” You know, “We just grew apart.”
Since this quest and praying for about a thousand couples began I have a better understanding of “love your wife like Christ loved the church.” Most folks think about Christ dying for the church, but He lives for the church too! How are you living? Can you love without receiving love from the one you love? God does it daily!
It’s been more than 30 years now, and I’m still counting animals! But I’m more content with where the Lord has called me to be. I still have the desire, but the desire doesn’t have me. Meantime, may I encourage you, too, who are waiting? May your life remind all of us what being blessed looks like!
Question to Consider:
When is the “gift” that you wanted almost more than anything more important than the one who gave it?