I’m standing at the kitchen sink. Helping hands splash soapy water and truly, half the bubbles are on the tile floor beneath our feet. We are soaked clear through.
Washing up the day’s grime, I wonder if cleansing the sin- sick heart could be so easy.
What if the impatience and the selfishness and the lethargy could just be rinsed down the drain of a soul, gone forever? How do we take the grace of God and apply it to the real issues of a life, a heart? Because I slip on emotions spilled over and I make big messes and every day it’s this slippery, soapy work, the cleansing and the mess.
Even so, messy spills can be evidences of good at work. We mustn’t give up on well doing just because we don’t get it perfect.
And Joshua 18 tells us over half of God’s people drug their feet in taking possession of promises. They just kept putting it off, making excuses, never partaking in the labor and the fruit God had promised them.
I know it sure as anyone else: Years of promises can be written in journals and can sit on shelves and can lay dormant in the heart. We can delay living in the good He has promised because of fear, laziness, unbelief, apathy.
Words from Joshua stir the spirit, a trumpet to the soul to press in and march on. “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land, which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?”
How long will we keep letting imperfection hold us back? Remember, the righteous woman falls seven times but gets back up. It never was about being perfect in the first place. We can slip and fall and finally give up and we can put off going in and taking possession of God’s promises to us.
The question is always, How long are you going to do that?
Joshua, the master leader, knew how to motivate. He told them, “Appoint three men from each tribe. I will send them out to make a survey of the land and to write a description of it, according to the inheritance of each.”
Sometimes we need someone to tell us what living the abundant life looks like.
We need to know in the soul that it’s worth the effort. We need some God- inspired motivation. We need a good description of freedom. We need modern day spies to tell us that we really can be free of besetting sin, we really can live for a purpose greater than ourselves, we really can reflect the beauty and grace of God. The promises of God really do apply to us.
That’s godly motivation. But sometimes we can sit around waiting for a spy when what we need to do is remind ourselves.
We need to tell ourselves what God has already told us and stop waiting for someone else to do it.
We don’t have to figure it all out. We just have to believe that God has given us what He said He gave us. He has not only given us the promise regarding our children… our ministry… our own hearts and character… He has also given us every grace needed for the journey, for every breath, every moment, step by step. There really are no excuses.
At the sink, I am tired. I’m tired of the mess, of a long day. I’m tired of the splashing, the incessant chatter. I want to cave to the exhaustion. But this I know: Possessing promises is worth pushing through my weakness.
So I push on. I breath grace.
I don’t know how I will do it five minutes from now, I really don’t; I just believe it for now, this moment.
And there in the soapy mess, a little boy chatters and grins up at me. “Momma, you’re the best momma in the whole wide world!”
Yes, possessing promises is worth pushing through the weakness.
So I will.
How are you doing at Living Complete? Have you taken the 21 day journey with us? Press deeper and believe wider, friend. Let us go up and take more ground!
Amy has created a gorgeous bracelet for this month of May, the “Grace” bracelet. To wear and remember that we can do this?
This is definitely my favorite, a reminder that every grace is mine. You can view the Grace bracelet, as well as the other Scripture bracelets, here: Amy’s Etsy Shop