FOUR THINGS THAT MOVE GOD
During a counseling meeting, a member of the church told me, “I feel like God has forgotten about me or doesn’t care about me.” As I listened to him, I discovered that he was going through a difficult situation and even though he believed in God, “he was not able to find the light at the end of the tunnel.” Have you ever felt this way? Have you ever asked God where the answer to your prayer is or felt anxious or desperate because you feel like God is not “moving” in your life? If you are like most Christians, the answer is most likely “YES.” A lot of us have felt this way at one time or another and it is not a fun place to be. It is for this reason that I would like to share with you some principles that we find in scripture that can really bless your life whenever you find yourself in a situation like the one I mentioned earlier.
In Palm 37:5,7a we read:
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass…
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…
As I meditate on these verses, the Lord showed me 4 things that we can do that will ensure a move of God in our live. Keep in mind that God is always moving in your life even when you do not feel it. But as you follow these principles, you can know that His promises are “yes” and “amen.”
1. Commit your way to the Lord
To commit our way to the Lord means to put our lives, our projects, our dreams, everything at God’s disposal. It means to give everything to God and surrender your life to Him completely.
In the book of Jeremiah 18:3-6 we find the following words;
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!
To be clay in the potter’s (God’s) hands. That is what God is asking us to do when He tells us to “Commit your way to the Lord.”
2. Trust in Him
The second principle is to trust Him. If you are going to “commit your way to the Lord” and be willing to be the clay on God’s wheel, you will have to Trust Him. You will have to trust that He is going to work His will in your life. You need to know, like Jeremiah 29:11 says, that His will for your life is for good and not for evil; “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Once you understand that God only desires what is best for you, you’ll be able to trust in Him even when it is difficult.
3. Rest in the Lord
The third principle is to rest in Him. To rest in His promises, His Word, His joy, His love, etc. As you commit your way to God and trust Him, you can rest in the Fact that He is God; creator of heaven and earth, the almighty God.
Have you ever seen a baby sleeping, how peaceful and calm they are? That is what comes to my mind when I think of the word “rest.” To be able to relax in God knowing that He has everything under control and all you have to do is enjoy His peace, love, mercy, goodness, and every other perfect gift that comes from above.
4. Wait patiently for Him
The last principle is to wait patiently for Him. This is easier said than done since we live in a society that wants everything done now. To wait in God means to know that He knows better than us and that His ways are not our ways so you stay still and trust in Him. When we get impatient and don’t wait for God to do something, we start to do things in our own strength and usually outside of His will. As you read His Word, and learn about His promises, wait on Him knowing that His timing is perfect and God is never late.
As we follow these four principles, the Lord gives us a promise at the end of verse 6 of our main text; “and He shall bring it to pass.” There is another version that says “and God will Act.” What a wonderful promise we have from God. As we commit our way to Him, trust in Him, rest in Him, and wait patiently in Him, He tells us that He will move on our behalf. He will give us the desires of our heart. He will heal, transform, save, help, provide, and do a lot more for you. Don’t let the enemy discourage you. Stick to these four principles and be expectant for great things of God to happen in your life.
Pastor Marcio Sierra Jr.