To Give it ALL
After The Storm by Mumford & Sons (this song leads off this Hub for a reason)
Note From The Author
I very recently experienced a storm that took me down and shook me literally. I am sure you have been there on life's ride of bewilderment and experience. Change is inevitable, it comes regardless of desire. When it grabs one into a drastic funnel beyond control it's not uncommon to notably shake a bit. The details of this experience are not needed and the gravity and graphic nature would be of no service, however, the reality that was shed after such a storm was for me, at least, profound. I hope this piece reaches some for I feel it was only by God’s Grace that I am able to share it. Thank You
He Asks for Us to Give Our All
God asks for us to give our all and yet we passionately express our grief and share our disdain in relation to our faith response in our pits of darkness. We succumb to the reality of our inability to release our human abandon, or at the least buckle when in our trials and storms. We are cognizant all the while of our guilt, our inability to recognize the things that hold us back from complete surrender. In these moments of complete brokenness, our soul is porous and we must fight with great fortitude to be open to the control and direction of our loving God. To give levity in such a situation makes it to some degree bearable, yet the reality remains.
When in the fire we must work tenaciously to not allow the burn to resemble fake warmth. For the evil that seeps into our lives is quiet and sneaky, manipulative and often underhanded. It takes up residence alongside our truth, it is in disguise with its understated tactics. We are often hand in hand with that which keeps us from our ultimate cleansing.
Yes, this sin lives in our being, and we are right to feel the guilt that reminds us of its presence. The idea of "I give it all" has no clarity, the answer of perfecting this position is never to begin with the word “I”, but a complete recognition that ultimate control is not to be ours. It is but by His Divine Grace that we are saved by our circumstance. Grace meaning, “ blessings that come from above regardless of merit.”
To be a child of God, it's a calling for all of us. You need not be perfect, you need not be clean; you need not compare yourself to the perfections or imperfections of others. You need only ONE. The closer you come to His desires for your life the more you will be attacked. Often it will not feel like an honor, but rather a curse. Remember in these storms He is with you, holding you. Everything that is Godly is worth fighting for and revelation will always come when we are submissive to His call.
When we fall victim to our oppressive situations we must try desperately to relish the opportunity to be sanctified by the loving and bold hand of God. We live in a time of great spiritual warfare. Not one of us is free to dodge this call to service. We must be careful remembering all that we are called to experience is allowed, it is allowed and used for the glorification of our creator. When we place the “I” or “ME” or even “WE” above that of the desires of God. We will be reminded of our guilt. We will call out loudly in surrender, asking complete forgiveness, and yes for that clarity which only He can provide. Once again He will hold us tight to His warmth. That is all we need, so why do we stumble on our way to Him. Perhaps it's that natural instinct to put the "I, ME, WE..." before Him. We must stand strong in the promises of the cross and go readily to HIM who gave it all.
I Gave You All by Mumford & Sons
Suggested Biblical Readings
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
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