December 5th “Making Room For God’s Fresh Revelation”
In the beginning of Luke, we read about Zacharias and Elizabeth. Luke writes in verse 6 that “they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless”. They were BOTH doing everything right. Zacharias was doing his priestly duties, Elizabeth was loving her husband and those around her even though their one desire had not been answered — to conceive and give birth to a child.
I have been in seasons of my life where the one desire in my heart had not come to pass, waiting, hoping that somehow God would still come through with fresh revelation. What I didn’t understand was that He was training my heart through the circumstances around me to prepare me for my heart’s desire. I struggled to believe that God was for me, that he hadn’t forgotten me and that He had a plan for me. I had been given that word so many times out of Jer. 29:11 that I was tired of hearing it.
Christmas for us has always been busy, initially with 4 little kids, then the season of taking care of my mother and father, then 4+ teenagers and taking care of my mother. And in the midst of that, we have always had “the extra” or the “adopted” people that we somehow made space for. For me, this has been how God has given me fresh revelation in a busy season.
To be honest, I usually didn’t want “extra” people around. I always said “God, don’t we already have enough?” His answer to me has ALWAYS been “You can have more”. He was teaching us to love people, to take care of His people, even when it was difficult. God gave us “opportunities” to love others even when we didn’t think we could or even wanted to. When I’ve surrendered to Him, I’ve found fresh revelation in the people who cross my path, who sit at my table, who eat my food and open gifts with us around the tree. They have inspired me to love more, spend more time with the lover of my soul so I have fresh revelation from the Father to give to those who unknowingly give to me.
1. Is there a desire that God has put in your heart that has not yet come to pass? Are you still believing that God will bring it to pass?
2. Is there an area of your life that you have told God “I can’t” or “I won’t”?
3. Are you willing to surrender to Him this Christmas and say “Whatever you have for me, make me willing.”?
4. Would you join me in looking for fresh revelation this Christmas?