Kate Hollimon http://katehollimon.com Inspirational Speaker Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:43:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 What Scripture Taught Me About My Toddler http://katehollimon.com/what-scripture-taught-me-about-my-toddler/ http://katehollimon.com/what-scripture-taught-me-about-my-toddler/#respond Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:40:49 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1630 She’s spirited and fierce, independent and strong-willed.

She’s an extreme extrovert who never wants to be alone.

She has a demeanor about her that commands attention.

She’s my daughter.

And she’s two.

Our second-born’s personality has been an unexpected delight and challenge. I love her enthusiasm and spirited nature, I love her determination and I admire her strong-will. However, I have spent many days fretting over how to raise and discipline my strong-willed child who seems to have no regard for authority or said discipline.

It’s often left me defaulting into my sin nature – using harsh words with her and losing my cool all too easily.

Much like an artist who chisels a statue out of stone, our parenting efforts can feel similar: tedious and exhausting.

God’s Word provides immense solace and comfort in our parenting journey. When I was at my wit’s end with my daughter, I happened to be reading through the book of Proverbs. On that particular day, Proverbs 17 was on the docket. I started reading and stopped at this verse:

“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.” –Proverbs 17:27

Mediating on this verse as it related to parenting my daughter, it says I’ll use words with restraint if I’m knowledgeable. This begged the question, “What do I know about my daughter?” The scripture goes on to say that if I want to be even-tempered, I’ll be a person of understanding.

Once I considered these things, I grabbed a blank sheet of paper and on one side I wrote, “What I KNOW about my Toddler,” then on the other side I wrote, “What I UNDERSTAND about my Toddler.” Truth be told, beneath the “understand” section, I wanted to write NOTHING…ha!   But I digress…

Here’s the picture of everything I wrote down:

This exercise was quite freeing for me – not because of what I did, but because of how scripture helped me better understand how I can interact with my toddler. It convicted me of my expectations that were unreasonable for a two-year-old while simultaneously reminding me of my need for scripture and how I can better demonstrate Christ’s love for my toddler.

Isn’t scripture beautiful how it can speak into every area of our lives?! Whether you’re a parent of a newborn, toddler, elementary-aged, tween, teen, college-aged or adult, scripture can help!

Whether in parenting or another situation – be it a job crises, difficult relationship, circumstances that seem daunting – I’d encourage you to sit down with this scripture and write out what you know about your situation and therefore what you understand about it. Once you have a firm grasp of those things, God can work in your heart to bring about the results that the scripture describes: words with restraint and being someone who is even-tempered.

Those results were demonstrated in my life with my toddler and I am grateful for a gracious God who meets us in our moments of anger, despair and heartache to gently correct and set us back on the right course.

I’d love for you to give it a try and share with me how God moves in your life!

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When Negative Thinking Leads You to Hard Places http://katehollimon.com/when-negative-thinking-leads-you-to-hard-places/ http://katehollimon.com/when-negative-thinking-leads-you-to-hard-places/#comments Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:38:08 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1624 “All warfare is based on deception.”

These words written by Chinese General Sun Tzu outlined a philosophy of war as described in his book The Art of War.

However, those words are not only true for warring between nations, but warring in our own minds. Our thoughts can deceive us, leading us places we never intended to go, but alas, we find ourselves tumbling down the black hole of negative thinking:

  • It starts with a seed of doubt in our decision, ability, or action
  • Then it’s watered by the accusation of, “Who do you think you are?!”
  • It continues to grow with a defeatist mindset that we are no longer capable
  • Finally those thoughts root themselves in our mind taking hold of life itself and garnering more control than we ever wanted to allow

It’s hard to escape the rabbit hole of bad thinking. When we allow negative thoughts to enter our mind it can easily lead to a negative pattern of thinking which then leads to poor decisions and finally results in ugly behavior.

I know this because I’ve been living it the past few weeks.

So how do we claw ourselves out of the black hole back into light?

Thankfully, our gracious God speaks several times in scripture to this exact issue.

Romans 12:2 says that we can be transformed by the “renewing of your mind.” This is the purpose of reading scripture – so that our minds may be washed of the filth that infiltrates them through TV, music, social media and more. God’s Word is like a refreshing stream to our mind that cleans off all the dirt and grim to start fresh, in other words to be transformed.

The other key part of renewing our mind falls directly on us. Second Corinthians takes us even further into our quest of renewing our mind by providing specifics regarding how we can do that.

“We demolish arguments and every pretension [lofty opinion] that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

I LOVE the vivid imagery here in this verse. When I think about something being demolished, I envision a wrecking ball slamming into a concrete building and tearing it down stone by stone. Have you ever seen an old decrepit building be destroyed by implosion? That’s another image we can think upon when trying to demolish such negative thinking.

The verse doesn’t stop there though.

It goes on to tell us that we should take captive every negative thought.

I’m sure you’ve seen images whether in real life or fiction of prisoners. They’re normally bound in a chair and gagged. Imagine doing this to our negative thinking! By both demolishing and taking captive those negative thoughts, they don’t have near the power they once did!

These words today are just as much for me as they are for you. Let’s work today to renew our minds by filling them with scripture. And when those dark thoughts begin to creep onto our doorstep, take a sledgehammer to them, friend!

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Why Your Brokenness Makes You Attractive to Others http://katehollimon.com/why-your-brokenness-makes-you-attractive-to-others/ http://katehollimon.com/why-your-brokenness-makes-you-attractive-to-others/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 15:40:50 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1610 Before David became the rightful king over all of Israel, he was on the run for his life. King Saul became jealous of David and made several attempts to take David’s life. As a result, David ran.

His journey to preserve his life took him many places. He spent that season fleeing from town to town as he simply wanted to ensure his livelihood. He had no home or place to call his own – he was a wanderer and not by choice.

As time wore on, others became aware of David’s plight. They understood that David was being unjustly pursued and therefore was an outcast.

David was a broken man.

It was for that reason that something truly magnificent happened when he made yet another move.

“David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there. All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him.” -1 Samuel 22:2

Did you catch it? All of those who were in distress, in debt or discontented flocked to David’s side.

They saw David’s struggle and related. They wanted to be with the man who they felt could understand their brokenness as well.

There is such a beautiful takeaway in this brief passage for you and me. When we share our brokenness, it impacts others. It gives others permission to let their guard down and be honest about their messes. Revealing our struggles allows us to come alongside one another and share in the deepest, most intimate moments of vulnerability.

I have a friend who does this. She’s quick to be real and vulnerable in how she struggles. And you know what that’s done for me? It’s made me flock to her. Hearing her share her challenges and trials has made me say, “me too.” And that’s caused me to reach out to her and has led to us consistently communicating about the challenges of motherhood.

And I am so grateful.

Her choosing to be honest in her brokenness made her attractive to me. I wanted to do life with her because at the core it was so comforting to be able to say, “me too.”

And that’s exactly what happened with David. All those broken people said, “me too,” when they joined David. They were able to relate and then rally together. They supported one another and held one another up.

Isn’t this the life Jesus has called us to?

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” –Galatians 6:2

Friend, if you’re struggling today with a brokenness that you’ve kept hidden, I’d encourage you to bring it into the light. You never know, there may be someone else waiting to say, “me too.”

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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Trusting God When Everything Feels Out of Control http://katehollimon.com/trusting-god-when-everything-feels-out-of-control/ http://katehollimon.com/trusting-god-when-everything-feels-out-of-control/#respond Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:43:23 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1600 Do you ever feel like the world is spinning out of control?

I do….just about every time I turn on the news.

And not only do I feel like the world is spinning out of control, sometimes I feel like circumstances, relationships and situations in my own life are doing the same. Can you relate?

When those feelings of overwhelm become too much, we must reel ourselves back in and remember who God is. We have to remember the attributes of His character.

And without a doubt the one character trait of God that can provide us with the most peace, reassurance and hope is His sovereignty.

God being sovereign means that God is in control. He controls every detail in my life, in your life, in our country, in our world and in our universe. To find proof of God’s sovereignty, we only need to turn our eyes toward scripture.

Here are a few examples from scripture that demonstrate God’s Sovereignty:

  1. God’s control over the animal kingdom (Genesis 2:19; Daniel 6:22; Jonah 1:17, 2:10)
  2. God’s control over nature (Job 38, specifically check out verses 12, 28-30 and 34-35)
  3. God’s control over kings and kingdoms (Proverbs 21:1)
  4. God’s control over man (Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 19:21)
  5. God’s control over the universe (Isaiah 46:11, Colossians 1:17)

Friends, all of those items listed above are reasons for us to celebrate as followers of Christ. God being in control and God being sovereign means that no plan of His can be stopped or prevented. He will have His way.

And this, my friends, is a beautiful thing.

It’s beautiful because abiding in God’s sovereignty is a resting place for our security. When we know who is in control, we don’t have to worry. We don’t have to strive to be in control because God already is! There is safety and security in the sovereignty of God. And because there’s safety and security in His sovereignty this means we can trust him.

My hope and prayer for you today is that you would be able to lay your worry, fear and concern at the foot of the cross and instead take on God’s sovereignty as your promise and your hope. Trading in fear and worry for peace and hope is a much better place to live. Wouldn’t you agree?

And when you still encounter frustration or angst from turning on the news and feeling as though the world is spinning out of control, remember that God’s ways are higher than ours. In our human capacities, we can never fully understand how God is working in this broken world.

It’s imperative for us to remember this: if God were small enough to fully understand, He wouldn’t be big enough to trust.

Rest in His sovereignty, friends and your hope will be restored.

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Why Jesus is Better than Santa http://katehollimon.com/why-jesus-is-better-than-santa/ http://katehollimon.com/why-jesus-is-better-than-santa/#respond Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:20:32 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1568 Years after learning that Santa wasn’t real, I remember telling my mom that I wished Santa actually was real. I mean, how awesome would it be for a man to fly around the world delivering presents to people…and those presents were free?!

However, as I’ve grown older and thought back on that conversation with my mom, I’m thankful that this magical character doesn’t exist. And let me tell you why.

The gifts that come from Jesus are abundantly better than any gifts Santa could drop down your chimney.

Gifts from Jesus are things we never knew we needed – like his mercy and grace. And those gifts never expire, lose their luster or need an upgrade. Gifts provided by Santa would perish quickly, be left on the shelf to collect dust and ultimately leave us wanting the next and best toy. It would be unsatisfactory.

You know what else I’m thankful for in Jesus being the ultimate gift-giver? His gifts aren’t based on our own merits or how good we are. Ephesians 2 states is clearly:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” –Ephesians 2:8-9 (emphasis added)

No matter how “good” or “bad” we are, Jesus still covers us with His grace. His love is unconditional.

Santa, on the other hand, would be quite the opposite. How does the Christmas song go? “He’s making a list and checking it twice. Gonna find out who’s naughty and nice….He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.”

Listen, I’m not trying to suck all the fun and Christmas cheer out of Christmas, I just want to point out that Jesus is better. He doesn’t sit on His throne with a naughty and nice list using your good or bad works to determine if you’re good enough to receive His love. Nope, He gives that unconditionally.

So, listen friends, like I said I don’t mean to be Debbie-Downer here, I just want us to make sure our priorities are straight this Christmas. So much of Jesus can be lost in the gift-buying, cookie-making, and Christmas-tree-decorating that we forget the greatest gift humanity has ever received and continues to receive – Jesus.

Jesus is better than Santa. And I for one am incredibly grateful for the better and more abundant gifts Jesus provides that Santa never could.

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The One Thing You Need to Know Before Hosting Guests for the Holidays http://katehollimon.com/the-one-thing-you-need-to-know-before-hosting-guests-for-the-holidays/ http://katehollimon.com/the-one-thing-you-need-to-know-before-hosting-guests-for-the-holidays/#respond Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:44:44 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1561 Ah, the holidays.

Does it bring you sensations of good food, friends gathered by the fire sipping apple cider and holiday cheer? Or when you see the holidays coming do you see increased traffic while you shop for Christmas and frantically pulling your house together for guests while simply trying to survive until January 2?

My guess is that most of us want the former, but we’re doing the latter.

Typically this time of year you’re opening your home more frequently than usual to guests who will stay longer than usual. And this is stressing you out.

I get it, I do.

I struggled for a while (and still do occasionally) with wanting my house to look like the pages of a Southern Living magazine around the holidays. I wanted to impress those people who walked into my house by carrying them away in the magic of the holiday season because of the way my house looked. But in focusing so much on the clean house, the perfect decorations and the delectable food – I lost something.

And I could feel it when the holidays had passed.

There was this shallow feeling. A feeling of being unsatisfied. I wanted a do-over – I wanted to go back and try again to figure out what I had done wrong. Maybe I had decided on the wrong decorating theme. Or maybe it was that one particular dish that didn’t turn out just right. Or maybe my lack of clean towels for guests got me in a funk.

No…no.   That wasn’t it.

So, what was it? It took me a while to put my finger on it, but God was gracious enough to spell it out for me, practically in sky-writing, so I wanted to share with you the one thing you need to know before hosting or entertaining guests in your home this holiday season.

Let me provide you with some background real quick.

Several years ago (pre-kids of our own), my husband and I served as a host home for DNOW (in short, this is basically a youth retreat where students stay in homes across their community instead of traveling to a retreat center). We were slated to host 7th grade girls.

Nothing could go wrong there, right???   I digress…

Anyway, my husband and I were running around like mad trying to prep the house – cleaning showers, toilet bowls, vacuuming, making several runs to the grocery store…just doing everything we could think possible to prepare our house for these girls.

The day before the retreat weekend, I was sitting in my office running through my mental checklist making sure we had everything ready for the weekend when suddenly the Holy Spirit spoke so clearly to my heart saying this, “Kate, you’ve spent all this time preparing your house for this weekend, but what have you done to prepare your heart for the weekend?”

I was stunned.

I sat there and stared out my office window not believing what had just happened. I realized I had done nothing. I hadn’t prayed over these girls. I hadn’t prayed about how my house could be a vessel for God’s love, grace and mercy. I hadn’t considered how God wanted to use my home for His glory.

And this is what I want to share with you friends – the one thing you need to know before hosting visitors in your home this holiday season:

Hospitality is more about the state of your heart than the state of your house.

The state of your heart matters. I have two great friends – one whose home looks a lot like mine – messy. Then I have another friend whose house is always spotless, everything is in its place. I enjoy going to both houses and you want to know why? It’s because of how I feel when I enter their homes. When I step through their doors, I know that I am valued, cared for and loved. Their hospitality extends beyond a cup of coffee, but reaches out to my heart. Their houses may look completely different in terms of tidiness, but that doesn’t matter to me because their hearts are what make their homes.

So friends, I want to encourage you as we embark on the holiday season this year. Messy house or clean house, it ultimately doesn’t matter – that’s not the most important thing this time of year. Give yourself permission to put down the Pledge and Swiffer and instead focus on your company. Spend time with them, be with them, abide together. You won’t regret it.

Because I can promise you this: your guests want to be loved more than they want a clean sink.

 

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The Election is Over, Now What? http://katehollimon.com/the-election-is-over-now-what/ http://katehollimon.com/the-election-is-over-now-what/#respond Wed, 09 Nov 2016 17:18:39 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1551 What a brutal 18 months it has been. Wouldn’t you agree?

But now we know. We now set our sights forward on a Trump presidency.

Whether this thrills you or devastates you, it poses the question: as believers in Jesus Christ, what are we to do with the results of this election?

And the answer is simple and straightforward.

We pray.

We pray for President-elect Donald J. Trump.
We pray for Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
We pray for the House of Representatives.
We pray for the Senate.
We pray for this country.

Let us heed the words of Paul when he wrote to Timothy:

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” -1 Timothy 2:1-3

At several points during this election cycle, I experienced fear, dread, panic, and disbelief watching both the democratic and republican presidential nominees. And to be honest with you, I feared for our country no matter whom we were going to elect as president.

But thankfully I received a nudge from the Holy Spirit reminding me that these election results were not going to be a surprise to God. He knew exactly who would be named our president on November 9. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit reminded me that God was still in control and He was and is still sovereign.

I was able to boast in God much like King Jehoshaphat did when his kingdom was under siege,

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.” -2 Chronicles 20:6

I was so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s guidance to bring me back to this place of abiding in God’s sovereignty – because it was in that place that I found the greatest peace and comfort. Abiding in God’s sovereignty reminded me that no matter who would was going to be elected President of the United State that it would be OK, because God would still be on His throne come November 9.

So now that it is all said and done, we pray. We get on our knees and ask God to grant wisdom to our new leadership. We ask God to humble our angry hearts if the election didn’t go our way. We ask God to humble our prideful hearts if the vote did sway our way. And we ask God to help us rest in His sovereignty knowing that true hope only lies in Him and not a President.

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Are You an Evolved Christian? http://katehollimon.com/are-you-an-evolved-christian/ http://katehollimon.com/are-you-an-evolved-christian/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:57:59 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1545 I read a statement on Facebook the other day that someone had made about a Christian women’s speaker. They were praising the speaker for being an “evolved Christian” saying the speaker’s views and beliefs matched perfectly with society today – despite the fact that this speaker was supporting something that scripture calls sin.

And I was heart broken.

I was broken because this is not the way it should be, friends. Our beliefs should not ebb and flow based on culture and changing times. Truth is truth no matter what day and age we live in and as believers in Jesus Christ our standard of truth comes from the Bible.

Jesus is truth.
The words He spoke are truth.
The words written in the Bible are truth.

To celebrate the fact that someone is an “evolved Christian” is not a celebration at all, in fact it’s sorrowful.

Friends, listen, this idea of being an “evolved Christian” stems from one place: our personal preferences. We want to (and often do) view scripture through the lens of our preferences. If we don’t like what scripture says, we’ll interpret it to mean what we want it to mean.

Are there some hard truths in scripture? Absolutely. Are there things that are hard for me to swallow in scripture? Yes. And the reason it can be hard for us to accept the truth of scripture is because it rubs up against our preferences and the way we think things should be.

But here’s the thing about the Christian life –it’s not about us.

It’s not about you; it’s not about me; it’s not about our preferences; it’s not about our desires; it’s not about what we want.

It’s about Jesus.
It’s about the glory of God.
It’s about God refining us to be more like Jesus.

And almost always that will mean us laying down our preferences and what we want to believe in order to hold up, magnify and proclaim the Truth Giver.

I was in a conversation with someone recently who shared that she was reading a book by a Christian author and she wasn’t in agreement with the author on some of the principles purported in the book. She said that she took time to pray about it and ask God to show her if her view was faulty because she wanted to align her life with truth instead of the other way around.

This is how it should be friends.

I believe one of the worst things we can do as followers of Jesus Christ is sacrifice truth on the altar of our own preferences.

Let’s hold fast to truth. Let’s humble ourselves and recognize when our preferences are getting in the way of truth. And most importantly, let’s love truth in order to celebrate Jesus instead of those of us who seem so evolved.

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Forgetting What We Should Remember http://katehollimon.com/forgetting-what-we-should-remember/ http://katehollimon.com/forgetting-what-we-should-remember/#respond Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:12:58 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1539  

How often has this situation happened to you:

You’ve just completed something you worked really hard on – a long-term work project, a presentation, an event you planned. Everything about it was a raging success. People are complimenting you left and right and you’re starting to feel accomplished, proud even. But then, that one less-that-complimentary-comment stops you right in your tracks, bursts that bouquet of balloon compliments and everything inside you deflates. Maybe the comment wasn’t even that devastating, maybe it was supposed to be well-intentioned constructive feedback, but all you felt was the stabbing weight of dejection instead. Out off 100 glowing comments all you can remember is the one that left your self-esteem in a heap on the floor.

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, this has happened to me more than I’d like to admit. I can be riding high, then someone says the slightest uncomplimentary thing, and I’m down and out for days. I have a tendency to let too much of my self-worth ride on what others say or think about me and what I have done.

These are the moments when I forget what I should remember.

I should remember:

  • that I am loved and valued by the King of Kings – so much so that He gave his life for me (Romans 5:8)
  • that I don’t have to DO anything to earn God’s love or the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23)
  • the way people see me is different than the way God sees me (1 Samuel 16:7)
  • I am God’s workmanship created to do good things (Ephesians 2:10)
  • that I am made worthy because of the work Jesus did (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Residing in a place of remembering these truths is life-giving. It changes things.

It changes me.

Friend, if you’re in a place of allowing the weight of other people’s comments and observations crush you into the ground, I want to spur you on to cling to these life-giving truths listed above. Because that is truth. That is what’s real and what’s right about you and who you are when you belong to Christ.

Today, if you’re spending more time remembering what you should forget, I want to challenge you to stop forgetting what you need to remember.

Embrace these truths. Write them on your bathroom mirror, carry them in your back pocket written on a notecard, change the lock screen on your phone so that you are surrounded by truth when lies slap you across the face.

Hold fast and hold tightly to these words because they are the only thing worth remembering!

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I was Obedient Lord, Now Where Are You? http://katehollimon.com/i-was-obedient-lord-now-where-are-you/ http://katehollimon.com/i-was-obedient-lord-now-where-are-you/#respond Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:00:42 +0000 http://katehollimon.com/?p=1530 We have one final question that we need to address in our obedience challenge, one that can leave us feeling potentially lost, empty or brokenhearted. And the question is this: What happens when I’ve acted in obedience and then nothing happens as a result – or worse, it failed miserably?

Let’s hash this out.

Imagine you’ve been praying about something for months. You’ve been seeking God for clarity and discernment asking Him to make clear the way you should go. After this period of waiting, praying and seeking, you hear from the Lord – loud and clear. You know you have heard His voice and are 100% confident in the way you need to walk forward. So you step. It’s a huge step, one that is full of fear, excitement, a little bit of insecurity and apprehension, but mostly confidence because you know the Lord has guided you to this place.

And after all the many steps in the direction that God has called you to, everything seems to crumble. Your mission was a failure, a complete disaster and you are left angry, frustrated and wounded. But worst of all, you’re wondering where God was in it all.

I want to turn your eyes toward the book of Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a prophet who lodged complaints against God for allowing evil to flourish and righteous people to suffer alongside those who were so evil. He has a difficult time reconciling all of this and brings it to God. God responds to Habakkuk’s concerns by telling him that the righteous live by faith (Hab. 2:4). In other words, God was saying, “trust me.”

While you may or may not be screaming about the evil in the world after acting in obedience, you do share a similar feeling as Habakkuk – injustice. You felt you put yourself out there; you were bold and courageous as God commands us to be, and then you’re left wondering why God didn’t seem to show up.

Often, we place our expectations on the throne that is supposed to be occupied by God alone.

And there’s the rub.

Our expectations don’t bring about God’s transformation. God uses obedience to refine us in order to align us with Him. Oswald Chambers explained this idea of refinement through obedience beautifully in My Utmost For His Highest,

“We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are God’s purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself.”

You see, in those moments after obedience when we’re looking around trying to find God, He’s right there! He wants to be the goal. The point of stepping out in obedience only to fall flat on our face is so that when we look up, we only see God. And we realize in that moment that He is what it’s all about and we can celebrate and marvel in who God is.

As we grow and mature in our faith, understanding that our refinement through obedience leads us to the heart of God, let our cries that rise to Heaven be the same as that of Habakkuk:

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
-Habakkuk 3:17-18

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