For some time, I had been praying for revelation on some particular situations in my life. There was so much that I needed guidance on and God seemed silent.
One morning while reading from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost For His Highest (October 10th meditation), I was drawn to this: “All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience.” Could that be the problem? Was I oblivious to some disobedience in my life? Chambers went on: “Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up.”
I reached for my Bible where the words of Jesus are printed in red. My Bible seemed to fall open to Luke 6:27, where Jesus begins His discourse on loving our enemies.
There was someone in my life that fit in the enemy category and my prayers in that situation had been for personal help, not for the other person. I was taking the road of self-pity, thinking only of the wrong done me. I determined in that moment to follow Jesus’ way and look for opportunities to do good and bless the one hurting me, and to change my selfish praying into “other” centered praying.
Immediately there came a flooding of peace, a peace that assured me I had heard from God. And on the heels of obedient practice, came revelation on the other matters I had been praying about.
Thank you, Jesus, for shedding light on where I fail and how to get back on track. Your word always speaks direction.
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. ”
The words of Jesus, Luke 6:27-28 (NKJV)