Have you ever been gut checked by God?
Gut checked??? What, pray tell, does that mean, Trina?
Glad you asked…
According to the Oxford dictionary, a gut check is “An evaluation or test of a person’s resolve, commitment, or priorities, typically with respect to a particular course of action”.
Put in simpler terms and for the purposes of this blog post, it’s when God “calls you out” or He “reads” you as the women on The Real Housewives of Atlanta would say.
And it’s not an obvious on a bullhorn type of call out. It’s an undercover, sneaky type of read. It’s one where God asks a rhetorical question. You know, like the one he asked Adam and Eve when they were in the garden. Really God? You know them two fools were naked. So why ask a question you clearly already know the answer to? Very good question. Now we’re getting somewhere, now we’re on the right path. Exactly where God intended us to be.
God is trying to get us to the point where our question lines up with his question and our response lines up with His response.
God created the heavens and the earth, He knows your rising and falling….He’s with you in the valley and on the mountaintop. Do you really think He would ask a question that He already knows the answer to without a purpose? He’s trying to open your eyes to the possible error in your ways or misguided preconceptions or thoughts about whatever the situation to bring about correction, redemption and ultimately relationship.
He is a gentleman and seeks to have a relationship with us and is not afraid to ask the obvious question to get the not so obvious answer.
He did it with the woman at the well and with Cleopas on the road to Emmaus.
And He does it with us today. He asks simple questions that lead back to Him.
So in what ways is God leading you back to Him? What situations, good or bad have you saying, “hmmm…”?
For me, it’s been in several areas.
One was something as simple as a thirty-minute weekly prayer call. Can you believe I was thinking this frequency was too much and that it should be dropped down to every other week?
Really? You can’t take thirty minutes out of your week to join a call that is uplifting to you and to others? This is likely the only time you’ve set aside for Me all week…ouch! God’s truth can pack a punch.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12
God’s word can comfort you but also bring about correction. He’s been as equally forthcoming in the areas of my finances and relationships too.
He spares no expense when it comes to growing and maturing His children. It’s like My way or….My way when it comes to God. Yeah, He doesn’t give you too many options when it comes to that. I mean, you can do it your way but you’ll find that’s a road better left untraveled.
So check your commitment….check your priorities.
Do you have a heart for God? Prove it…stop talking about it and just be about it. It’s time out for all the lip service. Doing what’s “right” in the eyes of others. Saying all the right things…posting all the right things but in the eyes of the One who truly matters and makes the difference, failing miserably.
Let’s make it a point to make God a priority this week, this month and the rest of this year. And then sit back and watch how things begin to shift. You know, things like…attitudes…emotions…relationships. Yours and those of others.
Be Bold, Be You, Be Blessed!