I do so well at abiding and obeying…until everyone else wakes up for the day. To be real honest, people and circumstance challenge my footing.
But I desire to bear much fruit and bring glory to my God, even when life gets wild. (Jn. 15:8) That’s my ultimate longing. So I need my feet rooted deep in Him, not just resting on the surface. I need to abide.
So I’ve asked Him to teach me how to remain in Him and how to have His Word dwell in me richly. (Jn. 15:7) Because the benefits of abiding are priceless.
To think that I could experience His joy to the full even when things don’t go as I’ve planned or hoped. (Jn. 15:11) To think that His “calm delight and cheerfulness” could be “crammed” to the top of my soul, “making (me) replete” with joy.* The thought overwhelms me.
And not only that, my abiding affects my prayer life. If I abide and if His words abide in me, He will answer my prayers with a “yes.”
“Whatever I want? Are you telling me He will give me whatever I want?” Um, sort of.
It reminds me of Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Getting what we want begins with delighting, or “remaining pliable” in Him.* It begins with abiding.
Something interesting happens when I truly delight in Him, when I faithfully remain. The desires of my heart change. They transform. What my flesh once desired now seems bitter.
Revenge on those who hurt me, or gaining more “stuff,” is now irrelevant. It’s love that tastes sweet. His selfless, sacrificial love flowing through me onto those beside me becomes my earnest desire.
And He will say “yes.”
To gain the benefits of abiding — bringing Him glory, being filled full with His joy, and having my prayers answered with “yes” — begins and ends with the abiding.
So tell me, how do we abide even when life sends us on a wild ride?
What did you glean from the “Abiding Fruit” study last week?
*See Strong’s Concordance.