“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. “The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. (Isaiah 55:8-11 NLT)
Have you ever prayed for something and not recieved it? You step out in what you think God has asked you to do, but nothing changes. If that didn’t work you try another way. Instead of walking towards the goal, you walk a little askew to it so God can realign it at the 11th hour. Then the 11th hours keep passing by. We do a spiritual juggling act to try to please God into the result we want. Our prayer life simply becomes a performance and not an experience. In a performance you’re seperated from God until the act is over, then you go to the lobby expecting Him to want your autograph. If that’s all He gets, He leaves the theatre with the signature of a performer not a relationship with a person. He does want it by the way, He’s the guy in the audience with the big “Marry Me” sign.
We pray saying God look at me and my situation, while He just wants you to stay a while. The trouble is, we want God to stay in the audience and not come on our stage and give us direction. We don’t want God jacking with the scene we’ve laid out. We want His applause without His direction. Praying for a result not for the purpose of being in the presence of God. We’ve got to pray to an audience of one, no faking it, just you and Him. Get in His presence and He’ll give you purpose. Could you image the power of God’s presence saturating your situation. The kind of direction you’ll get from one on one time with The Director.
But we take that direction and don’t get the laugh we expected. Can you be obedient and allow God to handle the result? So many times when I ask God for something and He tells me what do, I’ll not take the direction because I fear my perceived result of that action or I do it expecting my results. Immediate results none the less. “Okay, I’ve done it now move.” When we don’t see Him move we start to believe one of two things, I’m wrong or He’s wrong. A lot of us don’t want to fess up to either. Most times we’ll say we were wrong, on the outside, while secretly believing God was wrong. We don’t want to admit that He simply asked us to do it and we did.
God is supposed to move when we obey though! We think our obedience sways what God is doing, our moving should equal Him moving. Though we see no measurable result God still moved. We tend to measure God moving by the impact of our actions. If the rusult of your obedience is determined by your action, then you’re asking God to obey you. “I’m doing it, now move!”
Okay, stand perfectly still….you’re currently going about 1000mph. If the earth, as big as it is, can move and you not notice, how much more can God. He is infinitely bigger, infinitely faster and still moves in infinitely imesurable ways. “I’m already moving, just do it!” Do you think God would ask you to move in the direction of a work that He has not already begun? Even further, a work that is not already complete? God is not asking you to obey to change His direction, He’s asking you to prepare you for what He has already done for you! Imagine the freedom of being able to obey without affecting the results. That no matter the lines we miss, the entrances we forget or the dance moves we screw up. God is not only in the lobby waiting, He’s throwing an after party. “Son, you’ve followed my direction to the best of your ability. Not only that, I have an award for you. Well done, good and faithful servant!”