I digress. My post from earlier this week didn’t make much sense. But, that’s okay. I realize that I never really explained why I felt like I wanted to argue with Beth Moore. And, after re-reading her devotion for October 24, I realize that I’m not even sure about what it was that I thought I wanted to argue. So, I start telling myself how silly and useless I am… when deep down, I know that I’m not useless. (Perhaps I am silly but not useless.)
My ongoing depression seems to keep me in a near constant state of second guessing myself. That’s just the thing that the devil wants me to be doing… focusing on myself and not on Jesus and not on honorable, right, and lovely things (Philippians 4:8). Thing is, I tend to take all that I’ve ever read (specifically from the Bible) and ‘latched onto’ as things I need to do all at the same time. When very often, God would have me simply rest in Him (Matthew 11:28-30).
When and how do we know to move from the time of rest to the time of action? Paul’s writings seem full of action… especially in Philippians where we’re told to rejoice in the Lord always, pray about everything, do all things through Christ, press on to the goal, look out for the interests of others, don’t grumble or dispute, and on and on. And yet, in some ways, he sums it all up in the first chapter when he says, “For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (See Philippians 1:21.) It would seem that the “how” of moving from rest to action is to continually focus on Christ. And, to continually focus on Christ would indicate that it must be done every moment of every day.
Some would say that it’s impossible to do anything every moment of every day, and yet we breathe every moment of every day. Is breathing something with which we struggle? (Those with a lower lung capacity or some other type of respiratory problem do, but I’m talking about the average person.) No, of course not. However, we seem to struggle with breathing Jesus in and out. (I’m ‘preaching’ to myself… as much as anyone else.) “Consider the lilies” comes to mind. (See Matthew 6:28-29 and Luke 12:27.) If only we would trust. As Oswald Chambers said in My Utmost For His Highest for October 27, the “secret of joy is that you have the right relationship with [Jesus].”
Perhaps ‘resting’ and ‘acting’, as I’ve coined them, can be simultaneous as we press on to the goal. (See Philippians 3:13-14.)