Over the last year, God has made it clear to me that He not only has my best interests at heart — in the intricacies of what’s going on and how He’s preparing me for this season — but He’s mentoring me to be the best father and husband I can be. He’s showing Himself to be the Holy God that He is, revealing more of Himself to me every day. It’s almost as if He’s saying, “I’m right here; don’t limit Me.”
God is omnipresent, all-powerful, all-knowing and He has His hand in all things at all times. God not only is in control of all, He meets each and every one of us where we are. He’s very much our Father while being very much our God.
There will always be growth to be had in my relationship with Him. I don’t know how God is going to grow me tomorrow or 10 years from now, so my obedience is focused on today. There are people to minister to today, and as we do, we grow in our faith in Him. We won’t know in full how God is using us or why until we see the blessing of Heaven and we sit down at His throne room.
Becoming a father of my children has given me more perspective to understand how our Father loves His children. I know that the only way I can love my own children more and more is to love God more and more. His love for me is more than I could ever imagine. If I think of the love I have for God, I can’t possibly imagine the even greater love He has for us! It’s unquantifiable. The greatest part is that we know and experience that love more deeply the more we spend time with Him.
Sometimes in our walk with God it may feel like we are taking steps backward in our understanding of Him, but in those backward steps, He’s drawing us to move forward — closer to Him. Lately, I’ve been wanting to hear Him more. But it’s only in the silence that He’s going to speak. We need to actively seek Him, not with more of our own effort, but less of our work and more of His.
There’s so much more for us to gain when we use less of ourselves and hold onto Him. It’s when we die to ourselves that we truly gain life.
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Matthew’s Increase profile here.
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