The GO in God

Did you ever notice that the first two letters of the word GOD are G-O, go!  Jesus says in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Sometimes we can get so focused on the command to go that we forget He never asks us to go alone.  He is with us always.  After all, Go is the first part of His name.

When interruptions come into our lives, God is inviting us to Go with Him!  He is giving us a chance to go out on a limb.  Yes, it can be scary when that new opportunity interrupts the plans we already have in place for our lives but it is only when we go out on a limb with God that our true destiny can finally take flight.

When interruptions come into our lives that cause confusion and seem never ending, God is inviting us to Go the extra mile with Him!  He is giving us the opportunity to learn perseverance.  What would happen if the next time a trial interrupts our lives, we view it as a learning experience and not a punishment?  When we go the extra mile, willing to follow Jesus, trusting Him in the middle of the interruption even though we might be annoyed and scared, we can experience first-hand the words of James in James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

When interruptions come into our lives that cause us to come tumbling down off the mountain-top, God is inviting us to Go through the valley with Him!  Spiritual valley travel is never fun but if we remember the truth that we are not alone and wandering through the valley but are guided by the rod and staff of the One who loves us, we can take comfort that the view from the next spiritual mountain will be even better than the one we just left.  And as we gaze into the new horizon God is showing us from that mountain we can say as it does in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “”No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–  but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.”

When interruptions hit us one after another causing us to not even be able to catch our breath, God is inviting us to Go the distance with Him!  He knows we don’t have the strength to carry on by ourselves so He gives us the endurance through the power of His Holy Spirit.  He knows that financial problem that turns into a relationship issue that turns into a health issue that turns into a change in lifestyle is more than you can handle on your own.  He knows that we are tempted to give up and give in just to make the problems go away.  But we can rest assured that because God loves us “he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor 10:13)

Finally, when we have truly gone places with God, when we have taken flight, persevered, climbed a new mountain, and endured all the interruptions life has thrown at us, God equips us to go above and beyond in order to give Him glory!  His love which went above and beyond in saving each of us is the power by which we can face our own personal interruptions and view them instead as invitations to go above and beyond with and for our King.  Who knows but that your interruptions, your divine interventions were specifically designed for you for such a time as this?  And this is your time to choose – will you go or will you stay?  Be encouraged to arise and go! for God promises in Jeremiah 7:23: “Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you,  that it may go well with you.”  Walking requires going but just remember the first two letters of GOD are G-O!  He is with us, my friend.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  You never have to go alone for you are His.  Are you ready to Go with God?

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