For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways…and seem eager for God to come near them. ~ Isaiah 58:2
Your relationship with God shouldn’t be about staring at His hand, but about studying His face and getting to really know Him. Knowing this, I’m always surprised when I realize I’ve been simply staring at God’s hand, waiting for Him to open it in my favor. A friend said to me the other day, “Don’t doubt what God has told you and all the promises He’s made to you.” I think doubt is the key; it’s the reason we shift our focus and our trust.
I’ve been waiting a long time for my prayers to be answered, but still the door has not been opened, and I began to doubt as my gaze moved from God’s face to His hand. When that happened, I became like the Israelites who said, “Why have we humbled ourselves, and you have not noticed,” (Isaiah 58:3). This question not only makes demands of God—as if He was a genie in a bottle—but it also eliminates grace. It is not our works that cause God to move on our behalf, but grace. When we stare at God’s hand, we will never be satisfied, no matter what He reveals to us. But with our gaze fixed on His face, then we will enjoy so much more the blessings that come.
Father, help me to remember this journey is about my relationship with you & not just about the things you give me. Reveal to me anything in me that is not genuinely about you and our relationship. Amen.
And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. ~ Romans 11:6