This morning Oswald Chambers smacked me in a more gentle way than he usually does. In today’s devotional, My Utmost for His Highest, Oz reminded me that the process is more important than the product. He said:
What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.
It’s about trusting God now. It’s about relying on His strength alone. It’s about following His leading and jumping onto His wagon now instead of building our own wagon, loading it down with non-essentials and then trying to push the whole thing up the hill–by ourselves.
Often we look at trials in our lives and wonder what is going on. Why has God placed them in our lives? And we answer ourselves that perhaps God is preparing us for something bigger in the future.
While, God can and does use everything for good, including preparation, today Oz reminded me that God is also–and perhaps more–concerned with the now, not the later.
So am I trusting God this very minute? Am I learning to see Him leading me right now? Am I jumping into His wagon this moment?
Or am I looking off into the horizon (or not looking at all) and imagining that God is only using the now to prepare me for the then?
Moment-by-moment obedience. Because the work He is doing right now is His goal. Thanks for the heads up, Oz!