P.E.A.R.s Periodic Encouragement And Reminders
It’s Like the Game of Jeopardy ©
Robert E. Alderman, Jr.
Over the years, I’ve learned that the process for having a winning relationship with God and a correct perspective of who’s who in that relationship is somewhat like the TV game show Jeopardy – where the answer comes first and then the question.
My habit and preference in life, however, is just the reverse (and perhaps yours is also) in that I for determining what how deep do I want to get into a relationship and whether I’m going to give a “yes” or ‘no” or make a full commitment to anything is to first have the question to consider whether or not is suits my fancy. E.g. I would like to give me a questions with all the details behind it as to what He has planned at any particular moment in my life so I can decide I like it or not.
However, true trust, faith and an abiding relationship with God will not be successful in that format. God’s way is for us to play the game of “Jeopardy” with Him. He wants our answer first and then He will tell us the question.
The following is a glimpse of what Eddie Rasnake in his book “Living the Will of God” says about this process:
“One of the reasons why people are not able to find God’s will is because they have an attitude that suggests, ‘Lord, show me what you want me to do so I can decide if I want to do it.’ This attitude subtly communicates a perspective of our wanting the final say in the decision instead of leaving it to the Lord, and it suggests our mistrust of God’s intent for us.”
[However], “God is not going to show us His will until we first settle in our hearts that we are willing to do whatever He says. God’s will is not a choice to be made, but a command to be followed. Unless we are submitted to Him, He isn’t going to waste His breath giving us orders.”
“We often see the lordship of Christ over our lives as being similar to the role of the king or queen in a ‘constitutional monarchy’. The most familiar example is the nation of Great Britain, which is presided over by a reigning monarch; yet Parliament, not the king or queen, makes the rules and decisions.
Today, out of deference to the monarch, a solid line for the queen’s signature appears in the lower right hand corner at the end of every bill Parliament passes. Upon passage, the bill is sent to Buckingham Palace for the queen’s consideration, and by signing in the provided space, she gives her approval of the newly-enacted law. Nevertheless, the interesting thing about this process is that even if she refuses to sign the bill, it still becomes law. Her lordship or sovereignty over the country is merely symbolic – the Prime Minister and Parliament actually ‘run the country’.”
“All too often, we try to set up our lives as constitutional monarchies. We have a position and a place for an absolute monarch (Jesus Christ), yet we make all the decisions and then ask the Lord to approve our plans. The convicting reality I see, as I seek to follow the Lord, is that Christianity is not a constitutional monarchy. God does not want to approve my plans; He wants my acceptance of His plans and He wants me to submit to them. That is what is meant for Christ to be Lord. Anything less is not true biblical Christianity.”
“Whether or not we surrender to God affects our ability to hear Him.”
Eddie Rasnake then closes with the following statement – which I have simplistically analogized with the “Jeopardy” TV game:
“God wants us to answer “yes” [in complete trust of Him for whatever He might want us to do] and then He will tell us what the question is.”
Have a great week!
Bob Alderman (and to my family, Love, Dad.)