After I wrote yesterday on the struggle between my flesh and obedience to the Spirit, I had one of those “Smiling at God moments” in response to a gift from Him. It’s this gift when somehow, in spite of all the work that needs to be done, children’s needs bellowing, and inner struggles your facing, God decides to give you a gift. Not a tangible gift. But a gift of His presence. Saying, “I am here. I know what you are facing. Let me confirm my realness and love to you right now.” And in this moment, all you can do is smile.
Everything about my squeezed in 20 min run was off. My feet were barely able to perform a slow shuffle after being sick. I was stopped by cars and buses more times than I believed possible. The dark and fog combo felt claustrophobic. My quiet time with the Lord was anything but quiet. But I persisted to pull up my Bible Gateway app on my phone to read the scheduled Chapter Reading for the day. And this was the highlighted verse:
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:12-13
Immediately as I read this verse, I smiled at God. Why you ask? Because in this very moment, without a doubt, this scripture was for no one else but me. It was anything but coincidence. It was the power of the presence of God.
God saw my wrestling with self discipline, concerned writings about my struggle with being obedient to my selfish flesh nature and Satan’s tactics to take us down. Only minutes prior to this run. And He orchestrated, through His living and active Word, this specific scripture to affirm me. Care for me. Confirm and validate my previous spiritual struggles. Give me motivation to persevere in this battle against the enemy’s attacks.
You can’t help but smile when you recognize that the God of the universe see’s you. So my prayer for you today, my friends, is that you would have a “Smiling at God moment” this week. One where you say to yourself, “This verse was God speaking directly to me.” “Wow, thank You for confirming your will to me.” “I can’t believe You love me and see me.”
I commit to and am excited to pray for you, but there is an active role for you as well. I challenge you to open and read your Bible, God’s living and active Word this week. You don’t have to have a Bible study to do it, for instance the Bible Gateway app on your phone gives you a verse of the day everyday, or the open the Bible and read whatever is in front of you method is one of my personal favorites. Whatever method you choose doesn’t matter.
The point is this: the God of the universe desires to affirm, care for, and love on you. Today. We are drawn by love for love.
And we can’t help but say, “Oh God, give me more of these gifts of love.” And He says, with a smile, “Oh my child, there’s a lot more where that came from”.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you James 4:8a
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