Intentions

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Much is said about the mind and the heart throughout scriptures and from my perspective it has not always been clear as to the division of responsibility. Memories fail and we misquote. We have compassion on others and often our actions to help make things worse. Suddenly I become confused as to the fuzzy lines between choices and intentions.

I wonder even now as I write if what I see is of any use to help. Then I look back over the scripture and there it is, plain as day and obvious. The Word of God is….. I am not. My thoughts and intentions are not, the Word of God is. It is not that my fails or my intentions are wrong, it is that far too often I proceed without the help, advice and direction of the Word of God.

We like children grow and break the chains of dependency from our parents. They raised us to take over our own lives and make decisions. We do not check in with dad unless we get in trouble. Then so often it isn’t guidance we seek. Do we treat God the same way? Have we gotten comfortable or do we only seek God as backup?

The heart if the seat of intention. Intention is great, it is desired to be godly, but intention in and of itself does not know how to enact the will of God. The lines are drawn by the Word of God, accessed and determined by obedience of faith. You know where faith comes from.

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Pause

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isn’t that just one of the best passages in scripture? So often I have desired to just wait on the Lord. I see myself sitting in a train station waiting because “I hear that train a comin’.” But life passes me as I wait.

Life doesn’t have a pause button. We don’t get to get up and go attend important matters and then come back to hit the play button at our convenience. The pace of life is speeding up. Things that affect us with urgency and import should have and could have been discovered to have been set in motion years ago, if only someone had been paying attention.

It is easy to say “I wasn’t there.” “I didn’t have the opportunity to stop that.” Which is true. We cannot be everywhere and we cannot do “all things” but we are called and we are servants and we have those opportunities in front of us. We can do our part.

Trusting God for the ending is great but He has entrusted us with our part.

Psalm 57:1 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

Outstretched wings catch air and move. They can cover us as we move, we need not pause.