On Friday, my awesome friend, Lisa Jo Baker (The Gypsy Mama), hosts a writer’s exercise and linkup. I haven’t participated in many weeks and this week I was really feeling the call. We write for 5 minutes flat, no edits, no takebacks….and then actually come up with the nerve to hit “publish” if we dare.
So here we go: The word prompt is GRASP.
Perhaps our family is back in the groove now, the ebb and flow of a school schedule, when the clock becomes a friend and dictator all in one. God answered prayer this week in a big way; can’t share all the details yet, but His ways are higher than our ways for sure. Not exactly how I thought the twist and turn of the situation would unfold, but isn’t it grand the way He answers in a way that you have no doubts the answer is from Him. I’ve heard all my life…
You can’t outgive God.
I’ve always taken that as a monetary theory. But I’m learning each day, more and more, that while it may apply to finances, and giving, and offering, the truth is:
You can’t outobey God.
We grasp at our duties, clutching them around us, checking off the lists, and feeling good about all we give. But more than our straw-grasping, He requests obedience.
I Samuel 15:22- To obey is better than sacrifice.
Today this gives me great clarity- as it has been the theme in my life this week. In working on the launch team for the book, Everything- What You Give and Gain to Become More Like Jesus, by Mary DeMuth, Mary states:
Growth comes from undecorated obedience…we really learn the deeper truths of God perched on the precipice of risk, when we dare to jump off into the great unknown of obedience.
The Lord requires only three things of you: to act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly.
So easy to get caught up in sacrificing…and substituting…and grasping… When all He wants is for us to walk with Him.