Sometimes we cling so tightly to something that it slips right through our grasp.

Look at the things we cling to: a spouse for fear of losing them, children in fear something may happen to them, a job fearing another may not come along, money because it ‘solves’ all our problems, position because it defines us.

Until we wake up one day and find our grasping hand empty. The tighter we hold on, the more we realize people or things are not what our worth is found in. When we open our hands we find freedom (and not just for ourselves). Our releasing makes room for the Father to do those miracles that seem so elusive. God calls us to cling to Jesus, bury our head in the Holy Spirit, trust God with what we count as precious.

In the quiet of this morning an unwelcome question came to mind, unwelcome but hitting the mark. Why do we make so many demands on those we love, on life itself?

God only requires three things of us: “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NIV) Neglect even one of these and we position ourselves for resentment, fear, anger, worry.

If we act justly then we are living lives that don’t encroach on the well-being of others. By loving mercy we let go of pride, self-righteousness, keeping score. And when we walk humbly – with God, peace is our path and strife melts away.

Often it feels like our very bones groan with the weight of life’s burdens. We forget these precious words: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 NIV)

Light can break through our darkness. Our night will shine like the day if we will lift up our eyes to our Help. When Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem two blind men cried out to Him: “…’What do you want Me to do for you?’ he asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.” (Matthew 20:33b-34 NIV) Two often missed words in that passage: followed Him. Open our eyes Lord so we may follow You. It’s all that’s required.

2 Comments on “Required…

  1. Yes, we must lift our eyes to the Lord. Thank you for your encouraging words today and sharing them with us at Grace & Truth Link-Up. Maree


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