The average human heart beats about eighty times a minute which will move about six liters of blood every minute. That is a lot of blood! When I am at Walmart it seems like the bottles of 2-liter beverages is a lot, but it is nothing compared to the heart’s output. Every minutes the heart pumps the equivalent of three 2-liters a minutes. One hour equals 180, twenty-four hours equals 4,320, and in one week our little hearts pump an astounding 30,240 2-liter bottles. The Bible reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God (Psalm 139).
Our creator didn’t just make us. He also knows, cares, and watches over us with great concern and compassion. Jesus says in Matthew 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Sparrows are very common birds, and few people pay them much attention, but God does. God cares greatly about every sparrow, and even more about every one of us.
God cares so much about us that He gave us the greatest gift of all of creation, minds that think, wonder, dream, and plan, and therefore have free will. The Bible tells us we were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). We can choose life or death (Deut. 30:19-20), light or darkness (John 3:19), and obedience or disobedience (Joshua 24:15). Therefore, it is safe to assume God also has a plan for our lives (see Jeremiah 29:11, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 just to name a few).
The challenge for us is to figure out what God’s plan is, and that is a great challenge because God doesn’t want to make that too easy for at least two reasons. First, if God makes it clear what His plan is then we effectively lose our free will. This is unacceptable to God. Second, the search for God’s plan takes us on an amazing journey of faith, trust, and obedience that drives us into the arms of God. That is what God wants most of all.
God has numerous ways to reveal His will to us. He uses circumstances, the Bible, and Holy Spirit filled people. I think God especially likes to reveal His will to us through prayer. The wonderful thing about prayer is that we have to spend a lot of time at it to begin to hear God’s voice, and know it is God’s voice and not our conscience. That is what God wants most, for us to spend a lot of time with Him. We need to become comfortable having quiet time so we can hear God’s gentle whisper above all the noise in our lives. We have to spend enough time that God knows we really want to come close to Him. We have to have an openness to God to listen, and finally have faith that God will actually speak to us. He will speak to you, I assure you!
Canadian preacher and theologian, A.B. Simpson, once wrote about prayer, “It (prayer) is the link that connects us with God. It is the bridge that spans every gulf and bears us over every abyss of danger or of need. Do we know the power of our supernatural weapon? Do we dare to use it with the authority of a faith that commands as well as asks? God grant us holy audacity and divine confidence. He is not wanting great men, but He is wanting men that will dare to prove the greatness of their God.”
How is your prayer life? Do you believe God desires an intimate relationship with you, and wants to reveal His perfect plan for your life? Which is more important to you, doing your will or living out God’s will? How can you submit yourself to God more completely, and let go of those pesky control issues that keep you and God apart, and keep you from living the amazing life God has planned for you?
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