“God’s been hunting me down” – Head Heart Hand

God’s been hunting me down – Head Heart Hand.

David Murray, pastor, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, and blogger at “Head Heart Hand”, shares his story of recent illness, hospitalization, and surgery, and the lessons God has been teaching him through it. Though we may not have passed through what he has (or maybe you have!), the lessons he has learned are ones we all need to learn, in sickness and in health.

Here is a quote from his post; read the rest at the link above.

This is the finger of God.

STOP!

I’ve stopped.

And I know that’s the main message God has been sending me through these afflictions. STOP!

My life and ministry had been getting faster and faster and faster for years. And since coming to the USA, I’ve added a turbo gear. It’s all good stuff: delivering lectures, preaching sermons, speaking at conferences, writing books, producing DVD’s, etc. But it’s been at the expense of daily intimacy with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Good things replaced the best thing.

I’m not talking so much about neglect of private prayer, Bible reading, family worship, church attendance, etc; all these things have been steady and routine – although definitely too routine. No, my problem has been more about what has not been happening in these regular spiritual disciplines and throughout the working day.

Ministry without spirituality
Let me summarize where I believe I erred: ministry without spirituality. Perfunctory and spiritual disciplines and going from one ministry activity to another to another to another, with hardly a moment to feel dependence upon God, cry for help, and seek the Lord’s blessing before, during, or after. Cramming every waking moment with “productive” activity. And certainly not a second in the day to “be still and know that I am God.”

But now, in the enforced stillness, I hear a loving and concerned God say, “My son, give me your heart.” Not your sermons, not your lectures, not your blogs, not your books, not your meetings, etc. But your heart. YOU!