Good morning, Blog World!
Two weeks from today I will be “Shipwrecked” for Vacation Bible School. In light of that, I decided today to do a re-post of one of the first blogs I ever wrote. I hope it blesses you – because it really is (still) “The Day Before”.
In my daily quiet time I am currently in Exodus and the life of Moses. This morning he met God at the bush that was on fire but not burning up. It had been 40 years since Moses killed the Egyptian slave master and had to flee for his life. It had been 40 years of an entirely different life – from palace to nomad, from Prince to shepherd, from a life of privilege to a life of toil. I am sure that Moses thought his life was going to stay that way until he died. But God had other plans. Those thoughts led me to writing this in my journal today. I hope it encourages you!
The day before…
The day before You showed up in a burning bush Moses had done the same thing he did for 40 years – keep sheep in the wilderness.
The day before David was anointed to be the next King of Israel he was just a boy, out in the fields, tending the sheep.
The day before he killed Goliath he was just the kid brother sent by his father to check on the older boys at war.
The day before Mary found out she was to be the mother of God she was just a girl dreaming of her new life with her fiancé.
The day before You healed the lepers, the lame, and the blind they had been in the same state that they had been in for days, months, years – outcast, crippled, disabled, “other”.
The day before You were crucified the disciples thought it was going to be another Passover like the decades of Passovers they had celebrated before.
The day before You rose the disciples were grief stricken and shocked, just as they had been since Thursday night.
The day before You return will be just like any other – shopping, eating, drinking, working out, going to work – and then it will all be over.
You are the God of surprise, and of the miraculous intervention!
When Your time is right, nothing can stop the forward movement of what You intend to do.
Your plans cannot be thwarted.
The question is, am I on board with You?
In step with You?
Careful to obey?
Careful to follow?
Letting Your Spirit guide my life?
Letting Your Word by the bottom line by which I live?
Because I have the freedom to make the choice to not follow, not believe, not love, not seek You.
The day before David seduced Bathsheba he was a bored king in an empty palace because he had sent men to war instead of going himself.
The day before Cain killed Abel he was a jealous older brother, bothered by the fact that God had not accepted his offering.
The day before Moses struck the rock instead of speaking to it he was a weary leader, frustrated by the constant unbelief and complaining of his people.
The day before Peter denied ever knowing Jesus he was a cocky, self-sure man, certain of his own faithfulness.
The day before Aaron made the golden calf for the people to worship he was a worried older brother, wondering what was taking Moses so long on the mountain.
So today may be an “ordinary” day.
But it is a day where I must choose one way or the other.
Do I live today full out for You, expectant about the ways You are going to work, fully trusting You, eager to obey?
Do I live today saturated in Your Word and prayer so that I will know the lies of the enemy when I hear them?
Do I live today with my eyes and ears wide open to the spiritual realities around me – knowing that everything – politics, race relations, the weather, all of my relationships – they are all spiritual battles first before they are anything else?
Do I live today committed to obedience, to keeping short accounts with You?
Or do I live today in apathy?
Not praying because I haven’t seen You move recently?
Not believing because what I need feels impossible?
Not trusting because I am allowing sin to have free reign?
Worrying because I don’t believe You are in control?
Allowing my emotions to run the day rather than Truth?
Following my heart rather than Your Word?
Feeding a bad attitude because of an injustice rather than forgiving as You forgave?
Believing I know better than You do what is best in my life?
Dragging my feet in obedience or rushing ahead of You because You seem to not be listening?
Because today is the day before.
Before what, I don’t know.
It could be the day before I blow it big because I yield to temptation.
Or it could be the day before You show up in an extraordinary way, answering a deep cry of my heart.
It could be the day before You return.
Or it could be the day before someone I love chooses to trust You with their eternity because I shared Your love with them.
So how will I live THIS ordinary day? Because, after all, it is the day before.