The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.
Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you. ~ Job 22: 21 (NAS)
The Spirit looked deeply into my soul.
“Child, allow Me to show you who you truly are.
Your truest self.”
“The day I breathed My breath inside your lungs,
God gave you three unique gifts.”
“The Gift of Life.
The Gift of God-Dependency.
The Gift of Self-Existence.
When these three gifts come together,
They make you fully human.
They make you who you truly are.”
“I believe I understand the Gift of Life, Spirit,” I replied,
But tell me more about these other two gifts.”
“My child, when a person tries to live a solitary life,
Outside of relationship with God, troubles arise.”
“Knowing this, Our Lord, the Giver and Sustainer of all Good,
Placed deep within you, the Gift of God-Dependency.”
“Atheists deny it.
Agnostics curse it.
Yet seekers of God call it Good,
The richest of blessings.”
“While the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field,
Are fully dependent upon their Creator for complete sustenance,”
“You have been given the Gift of God-Dependency,
So that you might build,
A vital, life-giving relationship with God, Himself.
For knowing Him and being known by Him.
Is a gift of unbelievable value!”
“But, with every Good gift that comes from God,
Comes an equal responsibility,
To utilize that gift in a way that honors Him.
This is especially true when the Gift of God-Dependency,
Is coupled with the Gift of Self-Existence.”
Ponder on these things:
Reflect on a recent time when you’ve felt completely dependent upon God.
What feelings are evoked as you reflect upon that time?
Does being dependent upon God make you feel weak or strong? And why?
Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!
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