God: allows us a look ever so often…..
Psalm 24:1-2 (KJV) “The earth is the Lord‘s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.”
We live in the world, but at times we can be very oblivious to the things around us; the beauty that surrounds us and the light outside which fights to enter and is sometimes eluded because of our attitudes and our resistance.
But if you can look at the faithfulness of God our Father in heaven, He is constantly demonstrating that His timing is not ours and His ways are far different from what we practice.
We can find a fault with Him and when tested and tried, He will still prove to be a glorious and faithful God. His ways are perfect and He has chosen to grant us a glimpse of that frequently if we are paying attention.
To God be the glory for His glory and faithfulness to us. He is truly a wonderful Savior: I love you Lord.
God: will allow affliction at times….
Jeremiah 29:11-14 (KJV) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
I know many of us have been in great relationships where we have been swept away by our passions and allow our hearts to think for us in making the major decisions that needed to be made at the time; it was not necessarily the right ones, but it was done; all we saw was the face of our beloved.
Did you know that God has that plus a deeper love for us and it causes Him to be constantly thinking about us, our welfare, what’s happening in our today; how we deal with situations, concern that we don’t trust Him enough. Yes He is consumed by us and He tells us that constantly in the word, if we pay attention.
Sometimes it gets to the point where we turn our backs on Him and walk away from His protection; His hands are tied, and things can happen to us in this state.
It’s funny that when the choice is made that we don’t need God’s covering and He allows us to be independent, we fall into diverse situations where we ask, “how does God allow this to happen?”
He didn’t; we did. Our choice, our will. God is love and wants the best for us, do you want the best for yourself?
God: wants close intimacy with us…
James 4:8-10 (KJV) “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
In the pursuit of a deeper walk with God, it requires a shedding of much of our “self”; as the Spirit of God work on our hearts to instigate a need for more of God, the action of cleansing and purifying ourselves comes from us.
We have to make a conscious effort to move away from the things which have trapped us and keeps us afflicted, bound up with chains which the natural eyes cannot see.
Yokes of bondage that tie us up becomes a thing to be removed and destroyed as we seek a deeper walk with the Father.
The good thing about it is that He is willing and able to assist and will bring forth the aid which we need when we call upon Him.
Intimacy is great; intimacy with GOD is awesome, draw close to Him.
God: demonstrates a true servant’s heart…
John 12:25-26 (KJV) “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.”
A servant is one that is looked down upon in our society, most places as a matter of fact. The servitude behavior is expected from the one called to perform tasks which are menial in nature and if you look at life, there are various roles that need to be filled and someone has to do the task.
When we look at the life of Jesus our Savior and where He is coming from: kingdom to the manger, it demonstrates that a person can fulfill many roles in their lives today and as such do what is required by them to the fullest.
Jesus did so with joy; so when we look at our lives, can we say the same thing for ourselves? Do we embrace the various roles we are called to fulfill, especially if it is of a menial nature and not as glamorous as we would like others to view us as performing?
Jesus instructs us that we have to have a servant’s heart, and honor is bestowed upon such a heart by the Father in heaven.
Beloved, the things we hold unto in this life are very vicarious; here today and not readily evident the next. Jesus is the constant, hold unto Him.
God: is available to cover all of us…
Colossians 3:1-4 (KJV) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
When we want that deep coverage from the Divine and Supreme God in heaven, there are some requirements from us; we have to be hid deep Him if you understand the concept of digging deep into God and giving Him no rest until He acknowledges you as someone wanting to get His attention.
This kind of expedition requires a sacrifice which many of us don’t want to do; it will take giving up time spent with social media, television viewing, some other activities which take up long hours of our time.
You see, time with God is an activity in itself requiring “time”; it can be a great benefit and ultimately you will see the benefits right before your eyes. God is an interactive Father and He gives more of Himself as you seek Him earnestly.
I think if the idea of hiding within Him piques your curiosity then it just might be that the Spirit of God is already preparing you to start the journey as it is a journey into an area which is not sought by many…
GOD: Decides on my daily provision…
Lamentations 3:22-24 (KJV) “It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassion fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
A songwriter once wrote, “I Must tell Jesus all of my troubles” and truly in our life today, He is the only one who can get a deep insight into the cause, reaction and solution to our daily dilemma we face.
He knows it all, so the burden becomes lighter when we decide that it is better to share with Him: all of it; not some, but all of the troubles we are facing and give Him the option of acting on our behalf.
He does such a great job when we give Him the chance to find or provide the solution and my beloved believer, if God’s decision does not appease our state, then even if we have to tarry for a while, we still will trust in Him.
His actions are conducted on our behalf and not against us. We understand better by and by.
God: made this choice for us…
Hebrews 9:27-28 (KJV) “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
I believe that one thing that is at the fringe of all mind is the inevitable knowledge of death; we somehow try to push it all the way to the back of our consciousness, but its awareness is fully evident.
Somehow, there are times when we have to come unexpectedly, face to face with the manifestation of this reality.
It might be close to us, and sometimes it just a big splash on the media which showcase someone famous. It still has an effect upon us.
One thing we need to be conscious of is that death is inevitable and as such, we need to be ready at any time because we know not when it will approach us, but it is an appointment we all have to keep.
I pray that even as the days go by, our joy in our Lord becomes full to the point that if He calls us home today, it will be to the sound of “well done, thou good and faithful servant”.