I’ve been given the gift of encouragement, and often times, The Spirit leads me to pass things on to others. Kind of like a fountain or a pitcher, if you will. Water pours into me, quenches my thirst, and I pass it on to someone else whom I know is thirsting for that same Living Water. It happened to me again today. As I was reading something, I immediately thought of several people who could benefit from hearing the truth that had just saturated my soul. As I was preparing to pass it on, I felt strongly compelled to share this with everyone possible. This is truth for our journey. This is what we sometimes forget when we’re walking on the road less traveled. I pray these words will encourage you, strengthen you, and satisfy your soul.
The excerpt below is from a Bible study I’m doing with some dear friends of mine. It’s a walk through 1 & 2Thessalonians called Children of the Day by Beth Moore. Let me assure you, Beth Moore has not contacted me in any way asking me to promote her study. And if by some miracle she should hear that I shared this with you, I hope and pray she won’t mind.
“To walk before God is to travel down the highway with your spiritual roof wide open. Even when you’re looking straight ahead, hands on the wheel, you know those rays are bathing you in warmth and that wind is cleansing the air. If the clouds are thick and heavy overhead, you know what’s above them. You relish hearing from God, talking to God, and also dwelling in contented, secure silence before God, confident that He never budges.”
“That ‘secure silence’ part is crucial. If misinterpreted, silence can become a one-grave cemetery for intimacy with God. We all have seasons when we don’t feel like God is near. They are temporary if we don’t break fellowship and walk off in a huff. Day in, day out, we take Him at His Word.”
“Come walk with Me. Even with a limp. That’s what Jacob did (Gen. 32-31). Even in the fire. That’s what Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did (Dan. 3:25). Even when we feel like all hope is gone and no one came through. That’s what the two on the road to Emmaus did (Luke 24:15).”
“Come walk with Me, whatever shape you’re in, no matter how wounded or bruised. Just bring Me your whole heart – even in ten thousand shards – and let’s walk the rest of this thing out together (2 Chron. 6:14). ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isa. 30:21). He will never lead you into the path of a freight train, but He’ll meet you in the carnage should you choose that route. He will never veer you from your destiny but, should another path seduce you, He can turn a long, ugly road back home. When you find yourself unwelcome where you thought you’d be sent, He’ll help you move on. If you walk life out with Him day to day and season to season, even what seems like the most futile detour will end up taking you to a spot where a piece of your puzzle hides.”
“Maybe all of this theology sounds OK on paper, but you feel a little like Hezekiah in Isaiah 38:15.”
“I walk along slowly all my years because of the bitterness of my soul.”
“Bitterness makes a soul so heavy that our feet drag like lead anchors, snagging on every stone, daring us to get too far from that place we need desperately to leave behind. Bitterness stoops our shoulders, makes the ground our only vision, and ages us far beyond our years.”
“Bitterness has gone on long enough. Let’s let Him pick up the pace and walk us on out. As a friend of mine says, God can do in two weeks what we turn into years. There’s some brightness out there, Child of the Light. Let’s get to it.”
“For you delivered my from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.”
-Beth Moore, Children of the Day