IDOK DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2009
Anyway, ‘too tired to find the right words’ is hanging with me today, not sure why, and not sure what will come of it, maybe Wednesday’s IDOK; we’ll see.
‘Too tired to find the right words’. Let’s see — too tired would be our condition (often, I think); to find would be an action, and the right words would be, oh that would be good any time; oh, yes, any time — that would be good! So let’s imagine we are in a conversation, a conversation, shall we say, that becomes ‘warm’, really warm. It is then, it would behoove us to FIND the right words, but alas we don’t. And we don’t, because? Say it with me, we are too tired!
Too tired of hearing the same complaints, again. Too tired of giving the same instructions, again! Too tired of feeling rejected, again! Too tired of cleaning up her/his mess, again! Too tired of being the one to say I’m sorry, again! TOO TIRED! And why is that? Why are we too tired?
And of what are we really too tired? Probing questions, aren’t they? And there is One who will help us individually answer them, if we are finally ‘too tired’ to keep on trying to live this Christian Life in our own strength, by our own wants and whims.
Oh to be ‘too tired’ to keep on keeping on in my own flesh! Could it be that is what the Holy Spirit is waiting on?
Could He be waiting on us to get ‘too tired’ to resist Him anymore?
Gee! I didn’t see that coming, but it’s good!
Romans 8:12-14 New Century Version (Source)
12 So, my brothers and sisters, we must not be ruled by our sinful selves or live the way our sinful selves want.13 If you use your lives to do the wrong things your sinful selves want, you will die spiritually. But if you use the Spirit’s help to stop doing the wrong things you do with your body, you will have true life. 14 The true children of God are those who let God’s Spirit lead them.
And here is a dear brother who was not too tired to find the right words. And why? Because rather than resisting the Holy Spirit, he was filled with Him. Now that’s the way to die and live! Acts 7 (NKJV)
51 “You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.
54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth. 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, 56 and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; 58 and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Father GOD, as we come to complete this post and to pray You know the heavy hearts that are coming before You now. You know the nights and days before us; You know our needs before we even think of them, even before we know our needs, You know and have made provision to provide for us above and beyond; thank You. We pray for our IDOK Troops, for their safety and protection, and for safe returns home. And I pray for each of our IDOKs and Readers that they all be given the gift and grace of a good and restful night’s sleep and a refreshed morning and a renewed desire to worship and work in Your Vineyard. I pray You will inspire and move us into Your harvest for Jesus’ Name’s Sake. Amen and amen.