Lately, I haven't been able to get away from the Casting Crowns' song, "Somewhere in the Middle." It's track #7 on "The Altar and the Door" CD by the way. I especially can't get away from the line, "With eyes wide open to the differences; the God we want and the God who is; will we trade our dreams for His? Or are we caught in the middle?"
Too often, we are caught in the middle. Somewhere beyond where we were, but not nearly where we need to be. Too often, we want only a god that we're comfortable with. But the reality is this. Until we surrender our dreams, plans and goals to His, we will never be fulfilled, content or live the abundant life. We'll always be miserable. But it takes faith to live the Christian life. It takes faith to trust that God's dreams, plans and goals for our life are better than our own. It's hard, but when we finally do surrender, we find that He was right all along and His ways were best!
Jer 29:11 states, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." God is thinking good thoughts towards us! He wants us to be prospered and in good health. He wants to bless us and not curse us! WE MUST TRUST HIM!!! Don't settle for the Devil's counterfeits, when God wants to bless you with the real thing! Don't be caught in the middle this week!
Remember, Romans 1:17 - "Therefore, as it is written, The just shall live by faith!" Don't settle for a "deep-water faith, in the shallow end!"