Saturday, March 15, 2008

Delighting in Him

Most of my life, I have been guilty of being obedient to God out of fear.
The "you better or else...." theology was imbedded in my heart from a very young age. God was someone to be obeyed from a place of seeing Him as the Big Guy with the stick, just waiting for me to mess up, so He could punish me.
I believe God honored much of that obedience because it was obedience....but I also know now that it broke His heart.
He desired for me to delight in my obedience to Him. 
 He wanted me to delight in just being with Him. 
He wanted me to understand His delight in me.

When I was finally able to embrace God and His love and goodness for me, it was then that everything changed.
I can truly say, He has brought me to the high places and continues to take me to new heights in every area.
It is so much greater to soar above it all with Him than to hide under a rock from Him.


Rhonda said...

I'm with you on that one (and been there too!) :)

Shari said...

I think of the verse "it's your kindness that leads us to repentance oh Lord"

He is a very kind God indeed!

Amy said...

been there, done that as well!!

Holly said...

Sometimes when we are in the middle of a "storm" it is hard to delight ourselves in Him. Our circumstances are so distracting and it can be hard to look away from them and focus on Him. I think that it is hard to delight in Him, unless we are focused on Him. I do want to be caught up in His gaze and delight myself in Him and be taken up to those high places!!

Roxanne said...

I think the key is 'balance'- choosing a healthy fear of the Lord.

Tammy said...

I was raised as well with that mentality, how ever it's the Grace of God that changed all of that. I now look at things through a different lense. I don't have too, I GET too!!!!! Changes everything, your right Roxanne, balance is everything!!!!!!