Friday May 27, 2011

Over the years I have logged some significant time talking with God as I’m assure you who are reading this jlog have. I have come to Him at times with a heart of thankfulness because of the things He has done for me. There have been times I have come to Him with an angry heart because of all the things that are happening to me that are unfair or unjust. I have at times come to a Him with a very sad heart because of death or pain in my life or someone elses life and I am experiencing sorrow. Sometimes I have come with a fearful heart due to what I am facing. Over the years I have had different motivations and attitudes when I have approached the a Lord to seek Him. Due in part to the circumstances of life, there are various kinds of hearts that cause me to seek the Lord.

I am reminded of another kind of heart as I was reading Job this morning. Job had finished his discourse to his three friends and at the end sought a face to face visit with God to get his questions answered. His three friends who had the perspective that Job had done something wrong to deserve all his pain were silent because Job justified himself before them. Job got exactly what he wanted as God began to respond to Job and his thinking that he had done all of this by himself. In Job 38 God spoke to Job from the storm and said to Job, “Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?”. He filled Job in on what he had done and what he was doing in all of creation every minute of every day. It was an awesome display of what God was and is doing behind our lives every minute without our knowledge. It’s at this juncture that God asked Job to answer Him and Job replied, “I am unworthy-how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth. I spoke once, but I have no answer- twice, but I will say no more.”(Job 40:4-5) Job had a heart of unworthiness. When he began to understand all that the Lord did and had control of, he responded by feeling unworthy and realized that opening his mouth a second time would be ignorant and unwise.

I realize that on this journey we have finite minds and know only a fractional percentage of knowledge and wisdom compared to God and so when we come to Him one kind of heart that would be helpful would be an unworthy heart.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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