Isaiah 57:15 “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Success can sometimes be as much a hindrance as failure – if not handled properly. I have had to hear God pull alongside me and say, “Pull over son, we need to talk.” In those moments, God has used authority in my life to point out that I have stepped in the light of glory that was reserved for Him alone. Whether in my heart or verbally spoken out loud, I cannot seek to be praised for what work God has wrought in and through me.
We get ‘pulled over’ when we are in violation of the law and stopped so that the perpetrator can be disciplined. God desires that we are humble enough to see our wrongs in light of the Word of God and repent. But often, the subtilty of sin blinds us from seeing the truth and we need to be stopped; informed of our wrong direction or behavior and sent to choose a renewed and redirected path.
I have often wondered why God’s children aren’t broken over the fact that we are not revived? Or that we are not living in closer relationship with Him? It is not for me to inspect the lives of others, it is my personal responsibility to be as close and drawing closer to Him every day.
There are many examples where people got pulled over by God to be corrected. Cain; when his sacrifice wasn’t accepted and God was right there to help him understand why. Jealousy overtook reason for Cain’s lack of humility. David was pulled aside by the prophet Nathan to stop him from running away from God. Psalm 51 is a beautiful path of humility to restoration in the heart of a man brought low by sin.
Sometimes we are ‘pulled over’ to rest beside the cool, clear waters and have our souls restored. Psalm 23 speaks that to us. Sometimes we may get so busy about the affairs of this life, that God ‘pulls us over’ through sickness to help us see that we have neglected our time in His Word, our time in prayer and time getting closer through meditation.
The excuse exposed – “I’m too busy” – doesn’t fly with God. He has a way of making us make the time for Him. It is a good thing to be zealously affected in a good thing. But I believe God wants a balance in this life as well.
Galatians 4:18 “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you.”
This year is rolling into spring soon and our activities will soon move outdoors. Do you have a time of respite? A vacation to revive and rejuvenate your soul? Do you have a time planned to revive your soul? Often, a church will plan retreats, weekends or even days where you can come aside – ‘pull over’ – and have your soul ministered to.
If it has been some time since you have taken the time to ‘pull over’, maybe this year is the year you do something on purpose to come away with God and get restored and revived. Maybe singularly or as a couple. Maybe even make a family vacation a time of getting out of the rat race and pulling over to rekindle the connections once again in your family.
Plan now. Save some and you will not regret what God can do when you lie down in green pastures or sit beside the still, cool waters.
Psalm 23:2-3 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”