(Read Part Two)
“I’m saying the love of God comes first, in everything and with everybody. That’s all your wife is saying should be first between you two. Do you have a problem with that?”
“So I’m not allowed to love her more than God, is that it?” Jessup queried, slightly disgruntled.
“Why would you want to do that, Jessup?” asked the counselor. “Does she do more for you than God?”
“In some things, YES, in my opinion,” the man answered, looking like a little boy. “I can’t have sex with God or go fishing with Him. God can’t cook me a fine meal or bear my children. There’s lots of things Jesus can’t do for me that my wife can. Why shouldn’t I be more grateful to her than to Him for it?”
The counselor averted his eyes in deeper understanding of Jessup’s heart. Here was a man who was a boy inside, and that was pretty common. This “boy” was also angry at God, which was also common. But the obvious cry of his heart’s emotions was not all that common. This “boy/man” desperately wanted God, though he didn’t seem to know how to say that. ‘Why’ was the prevailing question on his heart; its outcry resounded louder than any complaint. Why love God more? Why need Him… more? Why? Is there truly something in it for me (as there clearly seems to be for my wife)? And, if so… WHAT?
More than anything it was clear to the counselor that, through his questioning, Jessup was a man genuinely seeking God…
(TO BE CONTINUED…)
God will call you out of one life into another; rest assured. Be not dismayed if your emotions are suddenly calmed and so is your circumstance. Trusting in God always pays off.
The Lord looks on the condition of our hearts as it pertains to our emotional well-being far more than we realize. He knows that, if we are afraid or discouraged or discomfited, we will have a very hard time coming into His destiny for us. He does not want us ignorant or devoid of His trust. He does not want us focusing on the ways of this world, either.
Children, don’t be discouraged if “the world” doesn’t know your name.
Seek to “be known” by Heaven rather than earth. The God of all flesh never forgets, will always forgive, and His knowing of you will be proclaimed before all when you pass from death into new life.
Seek to be known by God.
Let Him bring you, joyously, from this life into another; His call on you won’t be misunderstood by those who have tasted life eternal, for He has called them, too. He will bring you out of Egypt into the Promised land; rest assured. Be not dismayed when you must get your house in order to leave behind the places which no longer hold your focus. Leave and be grateful for what He’s given you. Let the sunshine of God’s future rest upon your face. Don’t be afraid, dear children…
Trusting in God always pays off.
When emotions are triggered by occurrences, don’t always consider you’re being attacked by the enemy.
God has a way of using those triggers to call up corrosive elements of our psyche or emotions He desires to deliver from our lives.
Ever heard a song from your childhood that transported you right back there and brought you to tears?
I have; and, when I’ve asked the Lord what in the world is going on with me – always ask the Lord, y’all – He asks me to release the weight of emotion to His loving arms… to forgive what or who needs forgiving (sometimes it’s just me), and to yield to His control the sinewy mess of hurts and woundings attached to it.
Stay in touch with God regularly, that’s the only way you’ll know. He’s the key to your freedom, for He alone holds the plan of deliverance for your life. Stay in touch, beloved. Stay in touch.