If This Message from O.C. Does Not Sink In, Life Will Sink Us.
We Will Never Be Able to Walk With Jesus on the Chaos of Our Lives
Take a few extra moments to read Mark 6:45-52. It is the scriptural ground for his July 28th devotional.
It also happens to be the text I was re-reading on that same date as I am seeking to encounter Jesus again, as if for the first time. Just a coincidence. (Really?)
I found myself receiving the text and the devotional as gifts of the Spirit as I navigate the chaos of my life. (KCW)
We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.
What is my dream of God’s purpose? God’s purpose is that I depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process — that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.
God’s training is for now, not some future. His purpose is for this minute… What men call training and preparation, God calls the end.God’s end is to enable me to see that He can walk on the chaos of my life just now. If we have a further end in view, we do not pay sufficient attention to the immediate present; if we realize that obedience is the end, then each moment as it comes is precious. (OC)