Here is the Louie Giglio talk we watched (again!) this morning. I started the tape at about 17 minutes. I encourage you to watch this again. I strongly encourage you to watch this with you wife. Put the kids to bed, turn off the TV and invest in the spirituality of your marriage and in so doing, build a deeper level of intimacy with her.
The talk is so good, I can hardly put words to it.
In the context of his talk, I encourage you to go and read this blog post…
Morgan Cheek writes powerfully on this blog of the journey God has taken her and her husband on as they raise twin girls with severe genetic issues. (Her husband Hugh is from Columbus). This is a journey they cannot escape. There is no “prosperity Gospel” to deliver them from this. Great pain accompanies their journey. But God. But God is present with them. He walks with them and prepares a table before them in the presence of their enemies. The situation may never turn around. God never promises us a pain free life in this fallen world. It does not make our God … not good. He is good. He is present. They are surrounded by all sorts of enemies but God is present and He has prepared a table for them and He is enough. He is all and He is enough. Read the blog post and see how Morgan battles the enemy by calling out his lies and reading back to him scripture and Truth he cannot deny and will flee from. In so doing all this, Morgan is not giving the enemy a seat at her table. She’s locked tight her eyes on the Creator of these precious girls and the comfort and provision of God is all she needs.
Lastly, tying in with all of this … what is it that God wants from you? What does he want? I’ve talked to you about my “high horse”. Here’s our buddy Vlad on his “high horse” but you know what, it’s us. We’ve got life figured out. We’re in control. We always have the answers or we pose acting as if we do.
And if you’re ever so lucky, God will come along occasionally and knock you off that horse. Here is how it starts …
and how it ends …
and Praise God! Now you’re humbled and you are in a place where you can look at your life in a fresh way and now you’re able to listen. So here is how life looks …
These nice little boxes tucked up on the shelves. Each of those boxes are the things we “control” – career, 401(k), home, wife, kids, sex life, our time, our money, our stuff. As life goes along, we manage these things, take control of them, pretty them up, make them appear as if all is perfectly in order. Perhaps family is the best of these – pretty wife, two perfect kids, right schools, right attitudes, “everything just seems to work out for them”. Life’s good. “I’ve got this under control and life figured out”.
BOOM. High horse time.
My daughter turns up pregnant. God prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies and if I will just sit at the table with Him and lock tight on Him, He has me. But no, I turn away. I turn to my shelves. I take these things and take control of them and get busy getting the shelves of my life in perfect order so all the world will look and see “wow, he has it figured out”. The enemy will strike here. He won’t play fair. He’ll even use scripture to trick us. “You’re just being a good steward of the talents God’s giving you.” You see, even in that, he’s tricking us to turn from God and think “I can do this on my own”. The liar tells you that “you don’t need God, you’ve got this”.
So, enough time goes by and I’m lulled to sleep and my pretty little life, all tucked nice and neatly up on those shelves gets blown up when my daughter turned up pregnant. Not only was she pregnant, she moved in with the boy and a way of life far removed from the home she grew up in. What then? What of the pretty little family all nice and neat? Five weeks later, her older sister told us she was pregnant too. Double Boom. Face plant off the high horse into the mud. The perfect little family was now being rocked. The facade was broken.
I will say that through all of this, we’ve been humbled. On December 1, we thought “there is no way we’re ever going to make it through this.” 45 days later with both of them pregnant, now we really knew, “there is no way we can do this”. But God. God has turned this mess into a miracle. What seemed insurmountable four months ago has passed. God got us through it. We walked those days in a way we’d never walked before with God. Will our “perfect” little life ever be “perfect” again? No. But you know what, now that I look back, I don’t want that kind of perfect. I want the God perfect. I want to give it ALL to Him – “Lord do with all this whatever You will”. I never again want to walk another day up on a high horse thinking I’ve got it all figured out. I want to walk my days the way we did in the worst of that storm when each day was radically dependent on God showing up.
So my question to you is simple – What does God want from you?
God wants it all – your time, your money, your sex life, your kids, wife, job, retirement “plan” – the whole thing. We want to keep control of most of this up on our shelves – we turn our back on God and his table and turn to our shelves saying “No God, I’ve got these things under control, I just need you over here in this other area”. Nope. Oh no. God wants it all. The more stuff you keep away from God up on your shelves as you fine tune, shine, polish and present as perfect … the more idols you’re worshiping and the less you’re locked tight on Him.
Morgan Cheek has no choice. She cannot “do” being a Mama to those two little girls alone. She’s desperate for a Savior and she’s seated at the table He has prepared for her and those girls in the midst of her enemies. The road ahead looks daunting and it is but in the swirling vortex of the enemies that surround her, there is a table and The Good King prepared it and sits there with her.
Push into this. What does this say to you? Where are you in this.
Let me hear from you.