That Moment When God Gives You a Thumbs Up…
“All believers, come here and listen,
let me tell you what God did for me.
I called out to Him with my mouth,
my tongue shaped the sounds of music.
If I had been cozy with evil,
the Lord would never have listened.
But He most surely did listen,
He came on the double when He heard my prayer.
Blessed be God! He didn’t turn a deaf ear,
He stayed with me, loyal in His love.” Psalm 66:16-20
Obedience to God is hard… Like really hard. But the more obedient I am to Him and the more I spend time with Him, the more and more my eyes are opened to His beauty. The more I seek Him—the more He trusts me and blesses me with treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The more I guard my heart and mind against sin, the more I am cocooned with His love.
Last night He helped me piece together a puzzle of visions, dreams, and spoken words He’s been sending me the last three weeks. After that shear mind-blowing moment of revelation, I asked, “God… Is this it? Is this what You’re truly saying?”
Do you want to know how He responded? By grinning brilliantly at me, nodding “yes”, and giving me a thumbs up…. And then thundering with laughter as my “deer in the headlights” expression also turned into a combination of uncontrollable laughter and tears of joy. Oh—how my heart explodes with joy in the Lord my God.
God wants to bless us, wants to show us things, wants to fill us with His joy and love… But He cannot do that if we allow ourselves to be blinded with sin and disobedience. He cannot show us the extent of His power if all we’re giving Him to work with is doubt and unfaithfulness…
If you don’t know His heart and the beauty of His presence, then talk to Him about it… Be real with God. He already knows you more than you know yourself. Trust Him, commit yourself to Him, and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. He is always faithful to those who are faithful to Him.
“Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to His will, and to acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making Him proud of you as you work hard in His orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us.” Colossians 1:9-12