It was the morning of Dec. 14th and I curled up on the couch with my coffee to read the day’s devotional from Oswald Chambers’ book, My Utmost for His Highest. Chambers’ focus was on my obedience, and God’s peace during difficult times.
However, one word clung to my mind and wouldn’t let go—the word, “probes.” Here’s what Chambers wrote:
When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God . . . any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.
Anyone who knows me, knows I love “Star Trek”, especially “The Next Generation” TV series of shows. So, when I read the word “probes” my mind immediately went to Star Trek and how the starship Enterprise was constantly sending out probes to check out anything in deep space that looked worthy of exploring or studying. And so Captain Picard would give the order with three words that are famously attributed to his character: “Make it So.”
So, what does this have to do with my “word” from God for 2020?
That day, I thought about probes and what purpose probing served on the show—and how it was similar to God’s probes and probing in my own life.
As I said earlier, on the show, probes were sent out to search out the unknown, with the hopes of discovering “new worlds, and new civilizations.” Sometimes the Enterprise’s probe was met with a welcome, but often it was looked upon with fear or simply attacked. And yet, for some strange reason, the Enterprise kept travelling deeper into space, sending out probes without hesitation. (We know that if they didn’t, there wouldn’t be any Star Trek shows.)
1 Cor. 2: 9, 10 (NET) says, “But just as it is written, ‘Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or heart imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love Him. God has revealed these to us by the Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.’”
God, too, sends His probe, His Spirit, into my heart to reveal deep things that God wants to bring to light. Sometimes these things are good and beautiful aspects of my personality that He wants me to see and develop and use for His glory, and sometimes these are foul and ugly things that are enemies of God and that He wants to probe out and destroy; but He can’t do it until I open my eyes and ears and heart to His Spirit’s probing and surrender to Him.
And so for 2020 I say, “O LORD, send Your probe—Make It So!”
I don’t know what lies ahead for the year—what His Spirit will reveal. But I do know that if I keep travelling forward in obedience to Him, these probes will keep my “mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God.”
And to that I say, “Engage!”
"Make it So" image: https://imgur.com/