Disruption is the derailing of the "normal train." Disruption is the interruption of normal rhythms of life and patterns of behavior. Disrupting is, ... well ... disruptive. It shakes us up. Sometimes, however, a disruption is just what is needed to move us forward in our spiritual transformation.
You and I are prone to letting patterns prevail over God's purpose, power and plans. When we do, we can miss out on what is best for us. God has revelation for us, power and authority, insights, new plans, new tasks and divine assignments for us, but we are too stuck in our patterns to allow room for Him to move. What is needed in those moments is a holy disruption. We need God to intervene and set us free from our own captivity.
Let's compare ourselves to the Israelites of old after they crossed the Red Sea and were in the desert. Suddenly, they were faced with a problem they had never faced before; a food shortage. This would-be famine brought them to a crossroads of faith and trust. Would they trust God (who had just caused them to be set free from the hand of slavery and brought them safely through a parted sea on dry ground)? No. They preferred their captivity. They actually verbalized a desire to go back to slavery. Slavery, to them, was the shortest and easiest route to solve the famine issue. God had a different plan.
"So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD." (Deuteronomy 8:3 NKJV)
God's plan was to disrupt everything in order to teach and reprogram His people to a new normal. The new normal had to be trust-based instead of captivity-based. The Israelites could not walk into true freedom until their desire for slavery had been truly vanquished.
The truth is that we in the church today are no different. There are many areas of true freedom that God desires for the church to experience. You don't have to be a literal slave, or a slave to a substance, or a slave to an illegal activity to be a captive. Whatever in your life controls you is what influences everything about you. Religion can be in control, relationships can be in control, legal substances can be in control, entertainment can be in control, fads can be in control, careers and even family can be in control. But that is not the way it is supposed to be for the followers of Jesus, we are to be only controlled by the Holy Spirit. We are to hear our Lord's voice and obey.
We need for God to humble us ... allow us to hunger ... and feed us something of His choosing that is a complete disruption of our old normal... to reprogram us to new levels in Him.
This holy week, ask God for this one thing... disruptive hunger.
Brett Heintzman is passionate about the spiritual formation of God's people. These writings are designed to draw us close to God and to help us live out of the riches of His presence. It's all about being in the world but not of the world.