THE GRACIOUSNESS OF UNCERTAINTY
“It doth not yet appear what we shall be.” 1 John 3:2
Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the “nature of spiritual life”. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says—“Well, supposing I were in that condition…” We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in.
Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, “Except ye…become of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of “spontaneous”, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.
“Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not—“Believe certain things about Me.” Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. REMAIN LOYAL TO THE LORD…………continually=a heart issue.
I felt led to share the above thoughts that come from Oswald Chambers. God’s message then in the early 1900’s is relevant today—it is spiritual life!
Last week the Lord gave us a clear word not to have our identity in the battle but rather in the Lord himself. It is true that we are in a raging battle daily while here on earth, however we are to learn to position ourselves in abandonment to the Lord and “let Him reign” in us under all conditions and circumstances. Our identity is to be “sustained” in Christ—this is “Bridal language”. We are joined to the LAMB and not divided from Him. We take His name, the LAMB, that is above every name and let Him express His victory in us so that He is glorified. This is a matter of giving up our rights for His that He might own us completely wholeheartedly as His Bride. We lose our identity completely in exchange for His identity/nature eternally.
A divided heart wants God on our terms. It is a heart full of “buts”, “ifs”, “human reasoning”, “our own standards”, “our own desires”, “our own agenda’s”… etc. “It says I will love you if you do this for me….” or “I will believe you if such and such…”, etc. These are doomed to fail all the time. Sadly, it is a heart condition that wants its own way and stubbornly refuses to learn and accept God’s ways. Consequently we make a god in our image instead of allowing God to make us in His image. We must be willing to allow the Lord to iron out these wrinkles and remove these spots as our joy and good pleasure wholeheartedly to Him, the LAMB.
We must learn to give God unreservedly “preeminence” in all matters so that we can learn His ways and know Him as He truly is—unfeigned! We have the choice now to turn this important corner and qualify as His Bride. One who has been completely made into His image and likeness and will eternally have her vocation with the LAMB.
So, let us let the King of glory in! Psalm 24
THE EARTH is the Lord’s, and the fullness of it, the world and they who dwell in it. [1 Cor 10:26.] For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the currents and the rivers. Who shall go up into the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted himself up to falsehood or to what is false, nor sworn deceitfully. [Matt 5:8.] He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation [description] of those who seek Him [who inquire of and for Him and of necessity require Him], who seek Your face, [O God of] Jacob. Selah! [Ps 42:1.] Lift up your heads, O you gates; and be lifted up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; yes, lift them up, you age-abiding doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is [He then] this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah! (AMP)
The things we accumulate in battles create difficulties, mind-sets, etc. and God desires to rid our hearts from the impurities. Is this not Beautiful? Is this notAgape? How wonderful is our God—too wonderful to imagine or comprehend in the natural mind! Can we hear His desire? Can we trust His wisdom? Will we allow Him to have His way in us? Do we want to be “one” with Him? Can we quiet ourselves from “all distractions” and wholeheartedly give ourselves to the LAMB? I pray for His grace today that we will answer His desire to be fully conformed to the image of Christ.
He is looking for our willingness to fully surrender in agape to the Lord. And if I may be so bold to say—ONLY THE BRIDE (a vessel formed and authored by His workmanship) WILL HAVE THE FULL NATURE OF THE LAMB in her internally(transformed, metamorphoo) now and in all of eternity (transfiguration). They are one (wed together) in HIS NATURE—known eternally as a holy nation, a royal priesthood. This is the Bridal paradigm! It is a costly quest in the landscape of created time to know the LAMB—intimately, internally, unreservedly.
Are any distractions (naturally or spiritually) worthy of forfeiting this invitation? Many are called but few are chosen. Why? The answer is clearly, unequivocally always a heart issue. May God have mercy on us now and apprehend our hearts in this so great reality—to know Him. And may I also be so frank to say that if our focus is in any other place other than the LAMB being the “object of our affection”—we will miss our time of visitation. Selah! LET THE KING OF GLORY IN! ~Monica Miller-Ruhl www.globaldestinyministry.com
THE BRIDAL PARADIGM—the Lord is the “is the object of our affection”.
Let nothing fall between it—that He might fully own our hearts.
BEHOLDING THE LAMB “face” to “face”/spirit to spirit= A vessel is fashioned.Capture this imagery below in the box diagram. See 2 faces one on each side of the obvious vessel/vase in the middle.
THE VESSEL= THE BRIDE who will eternally have her “Vocation with the LAMB”! The very NATURE OF THE LAMB IN THE BRIDE=UNION…His Nature living eternally in her=transfiguration…they are “one”. She takes the “name” of theLAMB=WEDDING. The LAMB reigns in her=a holy nation, a royal, kingly, priesthood. Divine Order: firstly internally/transformation=the vessel formed by HIS hand and eternally the glory of the LAMB in the vessel of distinction=transfiguration.
This the Father has promised to the Son for all of eternity, a Bride.
And this is our invitation to choose to become “one with the LAMB” now. May our eyes be opened to this eternal reality. Choose the LAMB and be made/conformed into HIS IMAGE!
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