earlier tonight i trolled ya’ll & said that God’s the only one who’s got it together. now i’m gonna tell you why i think that is the truth and nothing but the truth.
we don’t got it together. what now? God’s the only one who’s got it together, does that mean we just have to sit by on the wayside and chill out while God’s getting errrr’thing together? false. and, false again. you see, that’s where Jesus-followers go wrong. they sing songs with this:
and end up having “me”-centered theology.
we (the bible-reading people) focus so much on the first part of romans8:28, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him”. we forget about two tiny itty bitty words that is put on at the end. OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM!!! yes, God works for our good. that is truth. He always looks out for our best interests. but that’s the most ridiculous and crazy part about Him taking care of us. His plans are completely different from the one we have envisioned in our heads. it’s much bigger, and wider, and further, and long-term than anything we as human beings can fathom. with all this in mind, how could you ever say that He doesn’t have it together?
now what? i, symphony hosanna chau don’t got it together. where do i go next? what step to take now? what i’ve been learning in the past couple months is that gettin’ it together is never the direction God points me towards. paul says it best in an earlier part of romans8.
those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. that person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. (verse 5,7 the Message)
gettin’ it together doesn’t mean “whip yourself into shape,” but rather “get yourself in a relationship with the almighty Lord and pursue what He loves”. i’m going to whip a page out of the amazing heather zempel‘s book and recap what she preached this morning at church. in summary, she gave some pointers (ones that we should all know, myself included) on how to stand devoted in the “if nots,” or times when God doesn’t deliver us from a situation (evil professors, deadlines, and other horrors of that sort).
simply, saturate yourself with prayer. then, worship, no matter the circumstance. add a generous helping of a foundation in scripture and sound theology. garnish with the power in community.
recipe? nope. daily surrender? YES.