More on God’s method: partnership.
You give input on what to embrace or avoid; we must pay attention and follow your lead. “The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes…. By them is your servant warned; in KEEPING THEM there is great reward.” Psalm 19:9b,11
You provided spiritual armor for us; we must put it on and use it: “PUT ON the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11
You call us to trust you and glorify you in the midst of difficulty; we must obey: “He WHO SACRIFICES thank offerings honors me, and he prepares the way so that I may show him the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23
You show us the needs around us; we must pray about them and give help. “…always KEEP ON PRAYING for all the saints.” Eph 6:18b “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but DOES NOTHING about his physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:15,16
Your Spirit convicts us of sin; we must listen and repent,
“IF WE CONFESS our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
As we join you in your call to partnership-obedience, Lord, we grow, you are glorified, the gospel goes out, good is done, creation moves forward to its redemption and history towards its conclusion.
Praise you that you choose to share with us a partial understanding of your great plan, so that we can join you in seeing the world reached, believers matured and you glorified. Show me today where I am not joining you so I can repent and partner with obedience.
Picture: our granddaughter Leiza cooperating with Barbara