Some of the passages included in the most recent pages of our Stress Point readings were probably familiar to most of you, particularly Jeremiah 29:11-14. I appreciated the fact that Sarah emphasized the importance of all four of those verses because many people stop at verse 11 and take no initiative in spending time with the God who holds our hope-filled future. They’re eager for His plans to unfold but not eager to seeking His face. I only speak from experience because I’ve been there. But without calling upon the Lord and growing in relationship with Him, we’ll never know His plans because our hearts won’t be aligned with His. It’s in the wholehearted pursuit of God (not of His plan) that we get to know Him, not only as Provider but as El Elyon, God Most High. As a result, we come to know His plans, too. When we have that revelation of who He is something shifts inside of us.
"When applied to God, the term Elyon, meaning 'Highest' or 'Exalted One,' emphasizes that God is the highest in every realm of life. In the New Testament, Jesus is known as the Son of the Most High while the Holy Spiirt is the power of the Most High. All who belong to Christ are revealed as sons and daughters of the Most High by imitating the Father in heaven. When you praise the Most High, you are worshiping the One whose power, mercy, and sovereignty cannot be matched."
- Ann Spangler, Praying the Names of God, p. 292
When we have an understanding of who HE is, then we can be confident in who we are... children of the Most High!
My pastor just started a sermon series about Vision. Something he said in this past week's message came to mind as I considered all we're reading about...
"You have to be able to die to your own desires in order to get God's desires."
- Pastor Torres, The Lighthouse Church
Die to our own desires? That's impossible, you may say. And you're right. It's impossible to die do our own desires in our own strength without wholehearted pursuing our God Most High. As we get to know Him and love Him more, we are able to put our plans to death knowing that He has a plan for us that will live and flourish (even if the pathway to that plan is not coming together the way we thought it would). We read in God’s Word that His thoughts are much higher than ours but until we see Him and know Him as God Most High, we won’t be able to understand those higher thoughts. It's good and important to plan and pursue your dreams. But what's most important is to pursue the Lord wholeheartedly. When you call upon Him, He will hear you, when you seek Him, He will be found. Do it with all your heart and you will see that, in time, He will give you the desires of your heart. Wholehearted Pursuit after GOD!
Tomorrow we will hear from Tyisha Noise as she shares all the Lord has done in her life and in her journey. You won't want to miss this powerful testimony!
I leave you with this question...
Are you on a wholehearted pursuit after GOD or His plans?