Twenty-Four

TO KNOW HIS GOODNESS

The LORD is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that bow before Thee in holy reverence, with an awe-filled regard and with the utmost reverence and respect; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men! O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him! [Lam 3:25-26; Ps 31:19; Ps 34:8]

My beloved child…here is now the true and only way of entering into and rejoicing in the goodness of God…waiting upon Me.  The Lord is Good, and as you persevere in waiting before Me…for all those souls who do wait…it will be seen as true. The truly waiting ones will all be enabled to say, “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him.”  If you long to fully experience the goodness of God, you need only just give yourself more than ever to a life of waiting upon Me.

Oftentimes in your waiting upon Me, **        **, you are seeking only My gifts. I, the Divine Giver, long rather to give Myself and to satisfy your soul with My Goodness alone. I am all the time seeking to win the heart of My child for Myself, such that long before any gift is given…and even if it never comes…you are all the time acknowledging My Goodness in a continual worship of faith, continually adoring Me and trusting My Goodness. It is good that My child should quietly wait; “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him.”

Child of God! What a blessed life your life of waiting then becomes…your continual worship of faith, adoring Me and trusting My Goodness! As your soul learns its secret, every act or exercise of waiting just becomes a quiet entering into the Goodness of God, to let Me do My blessed work in you and satisfy your every need. Instead of taking refuge in Me only in times of trouble or need, there comes a great longing in the depths of your soul to wait continually upon Me all the day.  And however duties and engagements occupy your time and your mind, your soul gets more familiar with the secret art of always waiting. Waiting with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, becomes the habit and disposition…the very second nature and breath…of your soul.

Abba Father, when I am engaged in the work of the day…the responsibilities I have during my daily physical life…I am physically separated from my wife, my children, my family…and may well yearn for, and long for, the work of the day to be over so I may be back together with them. But in the spiritual realm, I am NEVER separated from You, Father; You are always with me…in everything I am thinking, saying, and doing! I am NEVER apart from You. What I may well yearn for and long for…what my heart may pine away and be homesick for…is for the responsibilities of the day to be over so I may be ALONE together with You, Father, in our trysting place, just to commune with You… to be ALONE together with You, Blessed Jesus, just sitting at Your feet. That is what my heart yearns for, and longs for…pines away and is homesick for. And that is also the desire of Your Own heart, Father…that Your child would just come to You, climb up on Your lap, curl up in Your arms, and rest my weary head against Your bosom…as You embrace me, kiss me, and hold me close to Your bosom. That melts a Father’s heart, because that is a child’s way of expressing absolute trust, absolute dependence, unquestioning obedience; it is all that a Father would ever need or want or desire of His child. The blessedness of our being alone together is made crystal clear in what Your Divine Son Jesus said to Martha as Mary, her sister, was just sitting at His feet listening to Him: “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” [Luke 10:41-42]  He also sternly reproved the church at Ephesus in His letter to them concerning their diligent and tireless work: Yet I hold this against you; you have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. [Rev 2:4-5]

Precious child…yes, waiting upon God is not merely one among a number of the Christ-like virtues of My children, to be thought of from time to time. Rather, it expresses that very habit and disposition of your soul which embraces your birth-right of abiding with Me in the Holy of Holies, in the inaccessible Light of the Glory of My unclouded Presence. It gives a higher value and a new power to your prayer and worship, to your faith and surrender, to your unbroken enjoyment of the Goodness of God, because it links you, in unalterable child-like dependence, to Myself…your God and Father. What your relationship with Me needs is more of your personal intimate experience of Me. You get too much knowledge about God from the teaching of men, and too little knowledge of God through personal experience with Me! You are oftentimes much too occupied with your work, whether ministry or secular, and thus the very work you are engaged in separates you from a deeper, more intimate personal relationship with God.  The truth is, the more work engaging you, the more need of your waiting upon God! Then the doing of My will, instead of exhausting, would be your meet and drink, your nourishment and refreshment and strength!

**        **!  Don’t you know?  Have you never fully understood? I brought you into existence for Myself; I made you for Myself…to abide with Me in the Holy of Holies all the days of your life on Earth and then together with Me in Heaven for all eternity. I designed all the delicate, inner parts of your body and knit them together in your mother’s womb! I was there while you were being formed in utter seclusion! I carefully watched over you all the days before you were born, and scheduled each day of your life before you ever began to breathe! Every day of your life was already recorded in My book, before you were born! Beloved child of God! You entirely fulfill My purpose in creating you by coming away with Me to our chosen trysting place faithfully every day, where we can spend some time alone together just to commune. The most intense desire of My heart is that you would look forward with an unclouded child-like carefree joy to spending this time together with Me. It is there during our times together where I reveal Myself ever more deeply to you, and show you the wonderful rich eternal treasures of the spiritual realm you could never otherwise come to know.

Abba Father…You have made this so clear to me as a child in Your Royal Family: Your Eternal Purpose for calling me into a Sacred Covenant relationship with Yourself is…first of all…to spend time alone together with You, just to commune with You…just to behold You face to Face, and to commune with You face to Face, as a man speaks with his friend. In our time together, You reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply, ever more intimately… and You reveal to me something of the rich eternal treasures of the spiritual realm that can only be known as Your Holy Spirit illuminates my mind to these truths. During our times together, Your Holy Spirit leads me and guides me…takes me wherever He pleases. Most of the time, Father, I come to our trysting place with no agenda for our communing together; sometimes I have specific situations I need to bring before You and inquire about. Even so, my one only and overriding agenda is to continually and personally experience You, the One True Living God, ever more deeply, ever more intimately as we spend time alone together in our Sacred Covenant relationship…and to continually and personally experience Your Divine Son Jesus, Whom You have sent…the Christ; the Anointed One; the Messiah. This is Eternal Life…living my everyday life in that relationship, a life of relationship that will go on for all eternity! This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent. [John 17:3]  And throughout all eternity, I will never plumb the depths of God!  Incredible!; Astounding!  You created me for Yourself; You created me that we would spend time alone together, just to commune. Your purpose for our communing together is, first of all, relationship…not to give me work assignments for the day. That is secondary…when You do reveal Your plans, purposes, and will for me.

Is that so difficult to understand, precious child? Your new life is hidden now with Christ My Son in Me. So continually set your heart upon the rich eternal treasures that are above, in the Heavenly realms, where Christ Jesus My Son is seated at My right hand. Beloved child…continually set your mind and your thoughts on the things of Heaven and the spiritual realm, not on the things of Earth and the physical realm. For you died in union with Christ My Son, and have been raised up together with Him into newness of life. Your new life is hidden now with Christ Jesus in Me, **        **.  When Christ, Who is your life, appears, then you also shall appear with Him in glory.  Have you never embraced His Divine Power that has given you everything you need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the One Who called you by His Own glory and goodness? Through these He has given you His Own very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the Divine nature now dwelling within you, and thereby escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

My beloved child…this is what the Lord says, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you what is best for you, Who directs you in the way you should go. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk ye in it.” I, the Lord, will guide you always; I will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land, and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail!

Abba Father…I praise You, the One Who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me! My soul waits for You, Father…more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning! Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I trust in You with an unwavering child-like trust! I know, Father, that my life is not my own; it is not for me to direct my steps. The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who listens to counsel is wise. There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.  Show me the way I should go, Father, for to You I lift up my soul. For You have brought me into existence not to do my own will and purpose, but to do the will and purpose of my God Who created me. Hallelujah!

Abba Father…I praise You for the eternal gift of Your Holy Spirit, given to abide in me. He is ALWAYS with me…never never to leave me, never ever to forsake me, assuredly not. My body is the very temple…the dwelling place…of Your Holy Spirit. Through Your Holy Spirit, I am joined together with the Triune God in a Sacred Covenant relationship; He is the connecting link. And…All those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons/daughters of God. For the Spirit which I have now received is not a spirit of slavery to put me once more in bondage to fear, but I have received the Spirit of adoption as God’s Own child. And by Him I cry, “Abba, Father!” The Holy Spirit Himself testifies together with my own human spirit, assuring me that I am indeed God’s child! [Rom 8:14-16]  Continually and unceasingly day and night…in everything that I do or say or think…I need to breathe in that breath of life that comes from Your Holy Spirit and sustains my spiritual life, just the same as my lungs, continually and unceasingly, need to breathe in that breath of life that comes from the outside air and sustains my physical life.

Abba Father…my soul glorifies You; my spirit rejoices in my Father and my God! I am Your child, now and forever; may it be unto me according to all You have planned for me! This is surely the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with You: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto You and listening for Your voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for You to reveal Yourself to me ever more deeply and intimately, and Your plans, Your purposes, Your will for me…SO I MAY THEN RESPOND, with an unquestioning child-like obedience, to every leading and prompting of Your Holy Spirit, cooperating with the Power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do.  Blessed Holy Spirit…You are the Divine Nature dwelling in me, Whose Power in me continually guarantees and secures my capability to live my everyday life: faithful to my solemn marriage vows as the bride of Christ; faithfully within the Holy of Holies and the unclouded Presence of my Father in our Sacred Covenant relationship.

My soul, wait thou only upon God! [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/05/10/waiting-upon-god/]

 

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