September 20, 2020 by Kgalalelo
I have spent years trying to find a word I could use to describe my walk with God and how He has handled me all these years. There are many words that are used often and that I use too like God’s grace, mercy, unconditional love and divine protection but these didn’t quite express how I have felt about Him in conjunction with me and my spiritual journey.
I have finally found the suitable word and that is, God has been gentle with me. He has been treating me with kids’ gloves and the kind of tenderness that can’t be expressed nor given by man. Human beings are impatient and even the most patient person according to worldly standards, loses himself sometimes, but not God.
I am in awe of Him as I write this blog because mine has been a lengthy journey of twists and turns but He never gave up on me. I am in the category of the hundred sheep that Jesus spoke about, when He said, if one goes astray and gets lost, the good shepherd goes out to find it (John 10:11-18). He leaves the ninety-nine and from a human perspective, you could sacrifice one for the ninety-nine. I am amazed at how God does things and can never really utter in words how great He is.
I read 1Kings 17-19 this morning for my devotion and the scripture speaks about God appearing to Elijah at the mountain of Horeb. He said to Elijah in 1King 19:11-13, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave”.
God was not in the wind, earthquake nor fire but He expressed Himself to Elijah as a gentle whisper in his ear. Have you realised that often we think that God is this gigantic being with a loud deep voice as depicted in movies but He wasn’t to Elijah. It doesn’t mean that He can’t be all of those things because God is infinite and omnipotent but if we look for Him in the extraordinary, we might find Him in the mundane. This is the mystery of God.
I frequently hear this gentle whisper in many situations, in major decisions I have to make, given an alternative plan if the first one didn’t work out, in what to say and how to do things and immediately I would thank God for the direction and act according to the guidance I have received.
I have roamed in the wilderness like the Israelites and perhaps have wasted so much time to reach my destiny because I kept on doing things my own way but God has never been rough and even when I felt defeated in certain circumstances, He would pick me up and place me on the right path again. He often turns what seem to be a failure into victory for me and I rejoice all the time.
In the week that has just passed, I found myself asking a question about what really matters to me. A friend of mine sent me a recording titled ‘what matters the most’ and I looked at it but never downloaded the recording to listen because I wanted to answer that question for myself without any influence. I came to a conclusion that in my life what matters the most is remembering always the goodness of the Lord and give praise and express gratitude everyday. Psalm 27:13 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living”.
Psalm 31:19 also says, “How great is Your goodness which You have laid up for those who fear You, and bestowed on those who take refuge in You in the sight of the sons of men”.
This, for me, is a big deal and I feel humbled by the Word. I can’t seem to focus my mind on a lot of topics at the same time. Gurus are encouraging people all over the world and the preachers preaching everyday, however, how many people heed to the words. Jesus says, “If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear” (Mark 4:23). People go about doing their own things even after hearing a good sermon, many can’t seem to hold anything in their consciousness.
So, for me, remembering the goodness of the Lord keeps me focused and fills me with vigour and when I forget, I trust Him to remind me gently and He does. He reminds me of what He knows I could grasp in the moment and I praise Him for it and give thanks. This is vital to me and God continues in His kindness to treat me with gentleness. He takes me step by step.
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Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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