I have been thinking a lot lately about God’s Big Plan for my life. I even wrote some of my thoughts in Surrendering ‘The Plan’. The more I think about it the more convinced I am that ‘The Plan’ has less to do with outcomes and accomplishments FOR Him and more to do with being in intimate relationship WITH Him. Simply knowing Him, believing Him, abiding in Him.
So I woke up this morning with this verse on my heart:
Genesis 5:24 (NASB) “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.”
Enoch lived 365 years (which was a short life by pre-Flood standards) and this is how the Bible records his life. A simple sentence about the life of a man whom God took Home. The only other Biblical reference to Enoch is in the book of Jude (Jesus’ own earthly brother) verses 14 – 15:
Jude 1:14-15 (NASB) “14 It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, ‘Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.'”
How did Enoch know what to say? Enoch walked with God, he communicated with Him, he spent time with Him, and from that relationship he spoke for God.
The book of Micah describes ‘The Plan’ this way:
Micah 6:8 (NASB) “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?”
There are some ‘to do’s’ in this verse that God requires, but they seem pretty simple and straightforward – do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with God. Three bullet points on ‘The Plan’. Seems simple, I can really get onboard with those.
When the crowd followed Jesus after the feeding of the five thousand and asked Him what they were to do in order that they may ‘work the works of God’ (see John 6), Jesus replies:
John 6:29b (NASB) “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
Wow! That sounds really simple too. It also sounds a lot like Abraham in Genesis:
Genesis 15:6 (NASB) “Then he (Abram) believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.”
Abraham was made right with God by simply believing Him. Amazing!
Then there is Jesus again, with Mary and Martha:
Luke 10:38-42 (NASB) “38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'”
According to Jesus, only one thing is necessary, spending time with Him, enjoying fellowship with Him, being with Him.
My point is simply this, I have exhausted myself with all of my ‘doings’ for God. It seems to me, I am the one who has made serving God so difficult and so complicated.
‘The Plan’ God has for me (and dare I say all of us), from a Biblical perspective, appears to be a lot more simple and a lot less exhausting than I have made it out to be. According to Jesus only one thing (not 500 things) is necessary and out of that the eternal fruit Jesus describes in John 15 will come. The fruit of simply abiding in Him.
If it’s enough for God, why isn’t it enough for me?
Father, thank You for the simple truth that You desire relationship with me and out of that relationship You will accomplish Your purposes in my life. Thank You for the freedom to let go of trying to figure it all out. Thank You for rest.