Why Ignorance isn’t Bliss

Why Ignorance isn’t Bliss

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Is. 54:10, NIV)

I like a story that is so intriguing that it keeps you in the moment. It’s that story that can’t be easily broken by way of predictable plot twists and tired story lines. But it enraptures you and the writer leads you down the unknown path. It is those times that you trust the story, trust wherever it is headed. You are willing to follow.

We can’t live in those moments in real life which is why we look forward to them when we are allowed to escape reality.

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In the real world we are expected to face the truth about tragedy and disaster, dishonesty and impending doom, responsibilities and change. We are expected to talk election, figure out the best candidate and make the right choice. We count on each other to make the proper decisions based on what we know. And many times it is too much. The burden weighs on us, sapping our energy and spirit, leaving us jaded, confused and looking for a way out. We turn to ways to open the preverbal door of altered reality—and it comes in many forms.

It sometimes escapes us that there is a God who cares and who has purposely not equipped us to carry such weight. The doom we fear is to be averted. It is through prayer and relationship that we find peace and direction on what to do when we don’t know what to do. When we forget the source of our hope we forsake our solid foundation, our guiding light, our eternal beacon. We can live blissfully, not because we live in ignorance, but because of what we do know.

Today is that day: be inspired

Today is that day: be inspired

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A Higher Calling: Trust God’s Plan

A friend and I were speaking the other day on how we came to live in the Nashville area. There is an influx of transients and we are among them. She is from Fresno and came when her husband’s employer relocated him.

“When we first moved to Nashville I was flying back to California every three months. Every three months without fail.” She said. “And when it was time to come back to Tennessee I would weep.” She had no friends, no family. It was completely unfamiliar territory and she could not make herself content here.

 

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The Moment of Enlightenment

Her change came on one of her trips back home. Her spiritual mother quietly pulled her aside and said to her, “How will you know what God has for you there if you are always coming back here? It was like shafts of light delivering a room from darkness.

In her heart she knew that God had uprooted and placed her here for a reason. But she was unknowingly closing her heart off from whatever God was saying. She did not want to be here! Couldn’t God get that? But the day that beautiful woman of God spoke to her, she had to humbly shift her attitude and submit to whatever his plan was.

Change Your World

Once she settled it within herself to be content, things change, or at least her perception of those things. Now her heart was open to receive. God led her to a faith-based church. She developed a formidable prayer life and over time family members back home in Fresno began to give their lives to God as she witnessed and stayed before God on their behalf. It was life-changing not just for her, but for a generation.

Did I say she changed a generation? Absolutely. When those from our bloodline give their lives to Christ, they are taking that spiritual force to their bloodline, setting up spiritual bastions that ultimately destroy strongholds and generational curses and bad habits and shifts the outcome of our families for years to come. Do you remember Rahab? (Josh. 2:12) Those redeemed siblings and loved ones no longer live under the curse. So now they are able to positively impact family in a way that no tradition or ritual can.

Our lives are part of a Higher Calling

Our lives are always intersected with others. God understands this, but sometimes we forget. When he directs us or leads us down his path of purpose it is not so that we can sit happy and content in our posh, comfortable environment. Our experiences, trials, life-changing moves are for a higher purpose. We may not know what it is right away, but we trust the one who does know. His intricately design plan may seem off-kilter to our self-seeking mindset but he knows how to use his vessels to change the lives of our families, friends, communities and even generations. As she accepted this, the move to Tennessee was no longer one to weep over, but one in which to rejoice.

 

 

 

God has a plan for you, are you walking it out?

Let’s face it, we like being in control. We love to create fantastic plans and revel in the thrill of them being played out. Then we become frustrated when things go awry and it seems as if the entire universe is against us. But let’s be honest–how many of us seek God first for direction? How many consult with him regularly and the move accordingly?

“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Provb. 16:9, ESUVK)

Sometimes as we are caught in the moment we move quickly, excitedly because after all, we are endeavoring in a good thing. But every good thing isn’t expedient or our job to accomplish.

God is one of purpose. He is not a God that moves on a whim; he is not swayed by our emotions or frustrations or desperation. He has a plan. It is for our good. His plan has perfect timing; it has a rhythm and season. It does not fail even when we do.

 

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We Do Not Live to Please Ourselves

We are not designed or created to pursue goals to live blissful lives according to our own desire or world view. We are made to be used by Him. We are a part of a whole– a single, intricate thread designed by God with precision and purpose and woven into the fabric of reconciliation. He has called us unto Himself—and in turn he uses some to influence and bring others to Him as well. When we focus solely on ourselves we lose sight of the greater good. We are only a small fraction in the grand plan. And we must trust his plan. Trust his way.

 

If You’re Lost don’t be afraid to ask for Directions

Sometimes our frustration grows out of our failure to hear, listen and submit to His way. He is always speaking, but are we always listening?

If it seems you’re circling the same path, stuck in the same situation, frustrated by the obstacles which tripped you up last year, stop and ask for direction. It is not God’s desire that we waste time or repeat for the sake of repetition. Ask Him for next steps. Seek to know if you’ve gotten off task. Talk to Him and he will certainly talk to you.