Friday, October 02, 2009
I was looking back through my journal and found some really good stuff. I wish I could keep all the jewels of insight God gives me in my head! Funny... what I'm about to write is what I WAS going to write before I looked back through my journal and decided to write something different... I guess this is really what I was meant to write today.
My Bible Study notes gave some interesting insight to John 1:16 - "From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another." The first blessing - salvation - is the foundation for more blessings... that's pretty simple. But get this - just as we had to believe and received that FIRST blessing before others could come, we have to believe and receive the next blessing in order for more to come! The blessings build on each other... it's kind of like math, you have to learn (internalize) one concept in order to have a basis for the next concept.
These insights God gives me are blessings! If I can have some big AH-HA moment then leave it forgotten in the dirt rather than applying it and making it a reality in my life, do I deserve more blessings? Am I even capable of GRASPING the next blessing, or will it go right over my head because I don't have the basis for comprehending it?
That insight, that deeper understanding I left forgotten shortly after glimpsing it, was a stepping stone in the path to God's best for me. I see it before my eyes, even move toward it, and might even begin to lower my foot onto it. But then I choose to put my foot back in the dirt and go around it... but now I can't step on the next blessing God has for me... I can't even SEE it... because I'm in the wrong place!
He places one stepping stone after another before me, but I refuse to put my full weight on those stones and trust in His blessings. Instead I continually turn down my own path and trust in my own way.
Will I do the very same thing with this little insight, this AH-HA moment, this BLESSING? Or will I put my full weight on this stepping stone and eagerly await the appearance of the next blessing God has for me on this path to His best for me?