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January 5, 1990

Leap of Faith

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Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. PSALM 37:4-6
A life following Jesus is full of paradoxes: We lose to win, give up to get, and sow to reap. It takes a supernatural act of faith energized by the Holy Spirit to accept that a full surrender of our lives—body, mind, will, emotions, and spirit— will result in a deep abiding joy, peace, and sense of purpose in this life and an eternity with the Lord. That is too big a leap for man to make alone.
But this is not the only leap that we will make in our walk with Jesus. Beyond our salvation is our vocation—the thing that He made us to do in life. Here again, is another paradox. In order for us to fully discover that thing that will be most fulfilling in our lives, we have to do nothing more or less than delight ourselves in Him. When our satisfaction and fulfillment come from Him, when we are listening to and following His voice, when we are surrendered fully to His will, then He will bring to pass the deep longings in our hearts. He will unleash the pure motives that He hard-wired inside of us from the day we were born. We will find ourselves thinking, I was made to do this.
How do you delight yourself in the Lord? Many ways. One example is to allow every desire and longing of your heart to be wrapped up in Jesus, not in your career, your hobbies, or even your family. When He becomes the end and not the means, you are finally in a position for Him to use you. This is not easy, but He is loving and just and faithful to complete the work that He began in you.
Are you ready to delight yourself in the Lord? The good news is that regardless of your current season of life, it is never too late to begin. He is a God Who can redeem the time no matter how much you have left.

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