For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)
At times, do you feel like a performer in a circus act? In the world in which we live, people demand to be appeased and wowed in an instant by our intellectual giftedness or our creative ability. It requires that we’re quick with the draw to say or do something crafty or they’re ready to move on to the next act. Whereas, we must quickly prove that our efforts are worthy of their time and attention.
Unfortunately, many of us are so programed to “make something happen” in a fraction of a second that we use that same approach when interacting with God. We tend to rush in to “wow” Him with our intellect and past accomplishments. From there, we flood His altar with our needs and go on to tell Him why we’re so worthy of our request being granted. Then off we go to our next destination, all the while expecting our miracle to be there awaiting us.
Sadly, as we try to superimpose onto God the same strictly devised rules of engagement that the world has dictated to us, we miss out on the amazing intimate relationship that the Lord longs to have with us. We also miss out on the peace that He longs to fill us with, which has the unfathomable ability to supersede any and all performance-based pressures put on us by man.
Lord, it is so refreshing to know that Your rules for me to approach You and interact with You is not based on my ability or lack thereof to “wow” You with my words or deeds. Thanks for covering me with a blanket of peace.