Drifting Away From The Kingdom
“May Your Kingdom come, Your will be done,” is part of a prayer we pray almost without giving thought to its meaning. It sounds as if we are heartfelt in our hope for God’s Kingdom to be revealed in the earth. Perhaps there is a part of us that truly does wish for His Kingdom to come. What we miss when praying this way is this: there is something that has to be done away with in order for His Kingdom to come. Our kingdoms have to go.
There’s a price to be paid in order for us to see God’s Kingdom established in our hearts. That price is the dismantling of our own kingdoms. Obviously, our kingdoms do not compare to His in majesty but for some reason, we hold onto them fiercely. Our kingdoms are what we have spent our whole lives building. How can we let go when we have invested so much of our time, strength and money in their pursuit?
Don’t Take It For Granted
Whenever we have the luxury of traveling to see family, we don’t take it for granted. Burundi, where we live and serve as missionaries, is far from the USA. Simply having a few days of uninterrupted time with our loved ones is a gift and we have learned to enjoy our times with them thoroughly.
Once while visiting, a hurricane named Harvey landed in Houston, Texas, destroying businesses, homes and the lives of thousands in its path. The country mobilized and aid began to pour into the city.
On the heels of Harvey came another stronger, and potentially life-threatening hurricane named Irma. How they come up with these names is a mystery. Initially, the hurricane seemed to be pointed exactly where we were staying with our family: West Palm Beach, Florida. When it was apparent that Irma was on her way, we spent days preparing for the storm and prayed, in earnest, about whether or not we should evacuate.
The science of predicting exactly where a hurricane will make landfall is not an exact one. We vacillated between leaving and staying for days until we finally felt God had given us a peace to stay. The hurricane took a slightly different path to what was initially reported. While we weren’t hit directly as was initially reported; there were tropical storm force winds and rain. The power was off, candles were lit, and I watched the family play games and pass the time doing one thing or another.
We couldn’t do anything about the storm except sit together, enjoy one another’s company and trust our Father to cover us in the storm. God has, and always will, find a way to break through into our situations to answer our prayers despite our tendency to drift away whenever the crisis lifts.
Hebrews 2:1 NIV “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”
I wonder if we have exchanged our faith in God for a faith in what we have accomplished? We have idols of our own making sitting in our living rooms. Our idols are those things that we have accumulated through all of our hard work. Rather than giving thanks for God’s gifts, we work to gain what we can apart from God and, when they are torn away in some tragedy, we blame Him.
The storm eventually passed and the power was off for a while. There was some minor damage to the house; we were grateful it wasn’t worse. The kingdoms of our own making are temporary and can end in an instant. Any security we hope to secure on earth is fleeting, at best. Indeed, may His Kingdom come; His incorruptible Kingdom that cannot be blown away by the winds of a hurricane and whose reward is sure in His hands no matter what we may pass through in this life.
May Your Kingdom come.