Achieve or Receive?

David Muyskens

READ : Galatians 3:1-5 . . . receive the Spirit. (v. 2) Achieve or receive? Two different ways of life, two different ways of prayer. In the first, I concentrate on what I can do to make things happen. In the second, I relax and watch and wait for what God is doing. If achievement is my aim in life, I will work for accomplishments. I will do it for the sake of my ego needs: for esteem, power, comfort, …

Walking with God

David Muyskens

READ : Genesis 5:21-24 Enoch walked with God. (v. 22) I’ve always been intrigued by the phrase “Enoch walked with God.” I have tried to imagine what it would be like to “walk with God.” It is a wonderful simile. We say we are on a “spiritual journey.” The first believers in Jesus as the Christ were called followers of “The Way.” What does it mean to be on the way with God? I think it means at least three …

The Pace of Grace

David Muyskens

READ : Romans 5:1-5 . . . this grace in which we stand. (v. 2) I was reading about Spiritual Direction when I came across a phrase that stopped me in my tracks. It was a quote from a writer named Susan Muto, who said there is always the danger of wanting to “push ourselves beyond the pace of grace.” I can so easily be driven by our fast-paced, achievement-oriented, technology-dependent society and its pressure to get ahead. But when …

Washed in the Grace of Christ

David Muyskens

READ : Psalm 36:1-9 With you is the fountain of life. (v. 9) Prayer is like taking a shower. When I have been bathed in the love of God I am cleansed and renewed. When I take a shower I submit to the water and soap that makes me clean. When I pray I surrender to God allowing the living water, Jesus Christ, to cleanse me of all that hinders my relationship with God. I step into the shower of …

In the Arms of God

David Muyskens

READ : Psalm 131 I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother. (v. 2) The great reformer John Calvin said that prayer draws us into God’s “bosom” (Institutes of the Christian Religion, III.xx.5). Embraced by loving arms, held close to the heart of God, we pour out our souls. As Psalm 131 expresses it, in prayer we are held at the breast of a loving Parent. Calvin is best known for his reformed theology. …

Knowing God

David Muyskens

READ : Jeremiah 31:33-34 They shall all know me. (v. 34) Knowing about God is different than knowing God. With our minds we can know some ideas of what God is like. Learning from Scripture we can know the revealed truths of the divine attributes. Looking at Jesus we can know much about the nature and character of the Heavenly Father. Observing nature we can see the handiwork of the Creator. But all these things by themselves don’t add up …