1. God Seeks Partnership
God created Man in his own image, he placed Adam in the Garden of Eden, and told him that he has complete dominion over the earth. Did you ever notice that God gave Adam the responsibility to name the animals? Why would God create the animals without naming them? Well for some reason, he decided Man would get a chance at also creating… Think about that for a few minutes…
2. When God Speaks, Keep Seeking
When God spoke to Moses through the burning bush, God told Moses to go to Egypt and free his People–the Israelite slaves. Read Exodus Chapter 3 & 4. Moses is so focused on traveling to Egypt after accepting Gods request, that he takes his wife and son and immediately heads to Egypt. On the way there, they rest at a lodge.
Exodus Chapter 4: 24-26 is so important yet so often overlooked. It reads, “At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. But Zipporah (his wife) took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses feet with it. “What a blood-smeared husband you are to me!” said Zipporah. So the Lord let Moses live.”
Even though God never verbally mentioned to Moses that he was to circumcise his son prior to going to Egypt, God expected Moses to take the word he received from Him in the burning bush and muse upon what was said and discover what was required of him. God almost KILLED the man that would ultimately free His people because Moses didn’t put his house in order. God would have allowed His people to remain in slavery because Moses did not seek out God’s instruction. Thank God for Zipporah! (Our wives are full of wisdom if they seek to hear God correctly–we as husbands must be willing to listen).
Key point: When God speaks, there is more to discover than his actual speaking. Inquire, pray, fast, seek counsel and then make the decision to do what God told you to do. Don’t be hasty or quick to act–it can prove to be fatal. Here’s a good example–you meet the man/women of your dreams. God reveals to you that it is the right person to marry. The two of you become so excited that the wedding is set for 3 months out. You forget to go into prayer with your fiance and ask God what he is now requiring the two of you to do prior to marriage. Should you seek premarital counseling? Should you save up money? Should you buy a house? God’s speaking confirming your spouse carries a lot of weight…go figure it out.
3. God is Paradoxical
The Kingdom of God is full of thinking that is considered bizarre in this world.
Matthew 20:16- “And so it is that the last shall be first, and the first, last.”
Matthew 16:25- “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Proverbs 28:26- “He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe”
A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
3A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
5A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.
6A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
7A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.
8A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace
The verses can go on and on. Don’t forget that the true way to live–the way God designed us to live is written in His book. Learn to be last, learn to serve, figure out when its time to laugh, dance or mourn. Discover what it means to gain life by losing it. Ask God what it means to walk by wisdom then to rely on your own strength.