Posted by: vftmom247 | 2013/01/26

Which God will you follow?

Psalm 63:1-2

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

You’re not my God by Keith Urban

It’s just a piece of paper. It says”In God we trust”
And a little sure felt good, but a lot was not enough
And everybody loved me when I was on a roll
And I thought I had everything when I held the gold

    Chorus

But you’re not my God and you’re not my friend
You’re not the one that I will walk with in the end
You’re not the truth, you are a temporary shot
And you ruin people’s lives and you don’t give a second thought
You’re not my God

Little white lies on a mirror cut neatly in a roll
Medicine that kept me from lookin’ in my soul
I thought you were the answer to all of my despair
And you almost had me six feet down but I’m still breathin’ air

    Chorus

From the cradle to the grave temptations all around
But no matter how good the fix it’s gonna take you down
Now some call it a weakness, some call it a sin
But it’s all the same behind each game, I see your evil grin

    Chorus

We are in Germany once again. The trip home was wonderful. We got to see so many of the beloved people who give us strength morally, emotionally, and religiously. We needed to see y’all so badly, and if we didn’t see you in person, you were in our thoughts. Time flew by so quickly, and we ran out of time to do half the things we wanted to do.

We got to openly talk about God. We got to be in the company of people who openly love God and enthusiastically worship Him. Daily.

Then we came back to Germany. I know – “But you can openly worship in Germany. It’s not like in China or something.” Take another look at the Keith Urban lyrics. God has more competition from false gods here- the god of materialism, the god of ‘I can do it all myself’, the god of hedonism. None of whom fill the empty hole in the heart. Only God does that. Too many people here don’t realize that. They don’t realize that they are desperately looking for something to cure their souls’ aridity while insisting on standing in the middle of hot asphalt.

It has led to an almost palpable layer of spiritual aridity over Germany. My husband has felt it, and I thought he was suffering from an overly vivid imagination. Then we landed, and for the first time, I could feel it too. The next day, after I had readjusted, my husband and I talked. During our time in the U.S., we had had a family retreat. One thing that had come out of it was the need to be more bold about our faith, more open. To act as a bit of water in this spiritual aridity. To show that you can be joyful in God, that He can bring you more riches in your life than money, or what money can buy. To show that in a God-centered life, there is more long-lasting peace than a self-centered life. To show that there is another way and a Way.

It is not easy. Sometimes, we feel like Sisyphus, rolling a boulder up a mountain. We find our strength in God, though, and “gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.” The thing is, even if it seems hopeless some days, there are always, always the days when I see the aridity lifting just a little, and see God working here in Germany. And then too, this is what God has called me and my family to do. If you are following through on what God has called you to do, then isn’t that all that really needs to be said?

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Responses

  1. Persevere! Keep sharing God’s Word and your own personal testimony with others. What may seem like a waste of time may, in fact, have a huge impact on someone years down the road. Keep planting seeds for the Lord to water and nurture. Blessings.

    • Thank you so much for the encouragement! Nice blog also.


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