I just have to praise the Lord today. While He is always working, does it seem to anyone else that this year He is really working, and bringing much that He has been working on to visible fruition? It seems that way in our lives, anyway. He has been calling us to a deeper, undistracted, focused seeking- His- face- with- all- your- heart- kind of intensity in our relationship with Him this year. He has been instilling in us a hunger and thirst for righteousness, and His kingdom. He has been raining living water on hard ground, and making it soft. He has been exposing the lies of the enemy, and opening blind eyes and deaf ears. He has been bringing together in unity, and making a sharper division between His kingdom and the world. That is what I have been seeing.
He has called me to repentance in areas I didn’t realize needed repenting; He is establishing Himself in areas of our children’s lives that we had been praying for for some time. He is revealing Himself in my original family in ways that have surprised and delighted me. At the beginning of the year, my sister and I started getting together once a week to pray for our extended and nuclear families, and God is answering those prayers! I can hardly wait for Bible study and prayer at my sister’s house every week, because God is leading us in amazing ways! And I also can’t wait for church every weekend — no matter what problem, issue, question someone in our family is dealing with, He reveals truth in some way during the service every week. He has answered questions, given insight for problems, and healed illness that wasn’t even on our conscious radar screen.
Are we somehow special? No – the Bible clearly teaches that God does not respect any person, in the sense that He shows favoritism. He is, in fact, only fulfilling His promise: If you seek Me, you will find Me. And when we find Him, we find that He is the same sea- parting, manna- giving God of old; the same good God who blessed the children, taught the questioners, and healed the sick and oppressed. Who still loves us with everlasting love! In His presence is fullness of joy, indeed!