The Shape of Our Lives…
I was reading Psalm 87 in my devotions the other morning. This Psalm speaks of the Davidic Covenant the Lord made with David. It speaks of the Lord’s faithfulness, His lovingkindness, His will. The will of God is truth and faithfulness. Verse 37 really leaped off the page at me… “It shall be established forever like the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.”
Sometimes I awaken at night and get up in my bedroom. I love to glance out my window to look for the moon. It’s just a thing with me! Sometimes it is so bright it lights up the whole ground area. Sometimes it is very small in the sky. Sometimes it is only partially visible. But the moon is always there in some capacity.
God’s will comes in different shapes and forms in our daily lives, but like the moon, it is always there. The Lord is always performing His will in our lives. Just like I never get tired of looking at the moon, I never stop being amazed at the will of God in my life. Through recent events in my life, I have seen God’s will perfectly, faithfully lived out in every day situations.
Do you remember those Tupperware toys from years ago called “Shape O Ball”? My children had one. You had to match the right shape into the corresponding place, or it would not fit and go inside the ball. I remember watching my young children take a shape and try to make it fit in the wrong hole in the ball: hitting and trying desperately to make it work. It never worked.
Even as adults, we try to do the same thing in our lives regarding the will of God. We desperately pound away trying to make something fit that doesn’t come close to the will of God. The answer is always God’s Word. If it does not line up with God’s Word, then it is not the will of God. We must stop desperately trying to fit our lives, plans, etc. into a space or shape they will not fit.
The Lord is ever coordinating and shaping our lives to fit His will. He puts in motion His perfect plan for our lives.
“There are enough changes we cannot stop which are the essence of this life and are meant to be. They are meant to drive us to God.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
“The best kind of beginning, when we are wanting to know the will of God, is to concentrate first on God Himself.”
(Elizabeth Elliot, from the book “Faith that Does Not Falter”)
This truth does fit into the shape of our lives.