Sunday, October 7, 2012

Totally His - Day 8

"The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things."

It is true. The God who holds the worlds in His hands, who is holy and righteous and rules in perfect wisdom and justice wants to reveal Himself to us. He waits for us to come to Him. He will not force His way into our hearts.

He does, however, require something of us. In order for us to fully know Him, we must have a heart turned totally toward Him. He cannot come fully to a heart crowded with other things.

"Since the fall men have now by nature no peace within their hearts, for God is crowned there no longer, but there in the moral dusk stubborn and aggressive usurpers fight among themselves for first place on the throne."

The usurpers may not necessarily be bad things. In fact, they are often the very gifts God has given us. Subtly, without our meaning it, they take the place reserved for only One. It may be a loved one or a ministry that takes possession of our hearts. Good things, until the gift becomes more important that the Giver.

It sounds so easy - put God first in your heart and you will experience His presence. So why is it so hard?

We'll talk about it tomorrow.