Day 9’s subject simply overwhelms me! Whenever I read this chapter, my heart cries out, “This!! I want to be this: Completely focused on God alone.” We’ve spent the last week (re-)committing to a serious pursuit of revitalizing our relationship with God through spending the first 15 minutes of our day in our secret place with Him. Today we dig into what it means to rely on God alone.
If you missed any of the earlier posts, take this time to catch up before continuing:
NOTE: I’m basing this challenge on my friend Bob Sorge’s book “Secrets of the Secret Place,” if you’d like to follow along. I bought this book the first night I met and heard Bob speak, and it was a real blessing at a time I was struggling to get back into a daily morning prayer and Bible-reading time. I highly encourage you to buy your own copy today. I promise it will be one of the best investments you make. (Buy it here now. It’s on sale!)
We’re all familiar with the Ten Commandments, right? I think everyone knows the first command is that we are not put any gods before The One True God. But do we really live that? It’s harder than you’d think.
You shall have no other gods before Me. – Exodus 20:3 NKJV
In Biblical times, it was common for people to have carved images and gods for every occasion. Nowadays, we don’t see much of that here in the U.S. Well, not in obvious form anyhow. What we do see, however, is a never-ending stream of false gods promising quick-fixes and instant relief. Maybe you’ll recognize a few:
- medical treatments
- retirement accounts
- credit cards
- drugs and alcohol
- gf’s (yup….even our friends can be placed on that pedestal when we run to them before we run to God)
We’ve become accustomed to turning to these things for deliverance in our times of crisis…..or to prevent a time of crisis. They’re not even our back-ups; we go to them first out of habit. (‘Cuz what? God might not be able to handle our problem? Oy. *mental head slap*) Do those things even offer reliable, long-term relief? No! A lot of time, they only delay the inevitable, and may even bring more pain and upheaval into our lives. That’s not to say they’re necessarily bad things, but looking to them as our primary source of security and relief is not the answer.
Pastor James MacDonald says, “God tells us, “No” because it will hurt us.” (Are you familiar with Pastor James of Harvest Bible Chapel? I attended there when I lived in Chicago suburbs. He’s one of my favorite pastors ever. You can watch/listen to his show “Walk In The Word” here. That man preaches God’s Word with a passion and honesty not found everywhere, lemme tell ya!) If God says to put no other god before Him, it’s for our own good; He knows they will only fail us. Heck, we know it, too. So why is it so hard sometimes?
If we live out our faith that God is the answer to all our needs, when trouble comes we immediately run into our secret place and lay our petitions at His feet. Then we wait for Him to speak, guiding us in the direction that not only meets our needs, but brings Him glory in the process. But when we cling to those false gods listed above, they can twist us up so badly there’s nothing left that glorifies God. We only hurt ourselves, and we grieve our Father. He wants so much better for us!
No Plan B
Our goal should be to get to the point in our spiritual walk that we have no Plan B; it’s God or nothing. I’ve mentioned before that Bob is unable to talk more than a couple hours a day, if that. He’s prayed for healing for over 20 years. This is what he says, “You only are my Helper. If You don’t save me, I am not saved. If You don’t heal me, I am not healed. If You don’t deliver me, I am not delivered. I have no other recourse, no Plan B, no alternative plan. I am not entertaining other options. It’s You and You alone. I worship You. You are my God!”
I’ll tell ya. It sends shivers down my spine when I type that because I have heard Bob pray that prayer numerous times. It is painful. It is hard to understand. But he uses the little voice he has to God’s glory. Did I mention Bob is a former Worship director….who now has no voice? And yet this ministry flourishes! Obviously, God is using him in spite of this impairment. God is honoring his abject faith in Him alone.
He will honor ours, too. Is there a Plan B you’ve been holding onto that you need to let go of? Do you hear God whispering for you to trust in Him alone? If so, I pray you can leave your Plan B at Jesus’ feet right now, and trust in God alone for your answer.
When God Intervenes
There are times where there is no other answer to our prayer than God’s intervention. All we can do is kneel before Him, completely broken and afraid, surrendering everything to Him. In those times, we may just hear the Holy Spirit whisper, “Wait on God alone, until He decides to intervene on your behalf. Your miracle is coming.”
If you hear those words, you’d better brace yourself, because as Bob says, “You are stepping into the God zone.” It’s in the God zone that we get our miracle. Our job is to be still and wait on God to move. God’s job is to unleash His power and authority in His own time, in His own way. When God decides to move big for you, you will fully understand the No Plan B approach to life!
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. – Psalm 62:5-8 NKJV
The Single Eye
In Matthew 6:22, Jesus spoke of the single eye. The original Greek translates “to be void of duplicity, to have singularity of focus.” When we are singularly focused on God alone as the sole source of our salvation, we open ourselves up to be filled with His Light.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, they whole body shall be full of light.” (KJV)
But I caution you. If we pray a “no Plan B” prayer, God may allow a great storm to descend upon us to test our faith. And rightly so. It’s not enough to speak the words; we need to demonstrate we are willing to live out our faith. And when the storm comes, years of habit may tell us to find something that will bring immediate relief. And to explore every earthly option available until we find it. Heaven forbid we be uncomfortable, right? But if we can stay focused on God alone, if we hide in the shelter of our secret place, resolving to not be moved….God will prove Himself faithful and strong on our behalf. He alone will be our answer.
Let today’s prayer be this: Father God, You alone are my rock and my salvation. I wait in my secret place, and shall not be moved until You move for me. Thank You, Father. I worship You. You are my God alone!