by Mary Majors
“Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near.”
May you be encouraged in your faith as you think about how awesome our God is!
The Lord may be found! We can find Him. We can discover more of His love for us and we can find His will for us. How? By seeking Him. Where do we look for Him? Where do we discover His thoughts which are higher than ours? The answer is also given in Isaiah 55:10-11.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
God has sent His Word to reveal Himself to us! He has by the Holy Spirit inspired the written Word and He has also sent The Word, Jesus Christ, into the world to speak the truth which sets us free. He has revealed the depth of God’s love for us by His deeds of loving provision and healing, ultimately by laying down His life for us while we were still in our sinful state of rebellion and unbelief. Jesus told His disciples it was to their advantage that He go away, returning to Heaven, so He could send the Holy Spirit Who is our constant Teacher and Guide. As we seek to cultivate our relationship with the Lord, the Holy Spirit takes the Word of God which He inspired and helps us understand it.
Now is the time to seek the Lord. Seek for Him in His Word and in The Word, Jesus Christ.
Romans 1 tells us that God’s eternal power and deity have been revealed in the things that He has made. God’s creation points to Him.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1
Do not let the philosophies of the world, including the destructive theory of evolution, rob God of the glory due Him from your life. Do not let those lies rob you of the glorious knowledge that you and all that you enjoy were created by a wise and mighty God Who has a loving purpose for you.
Now is the time to fully acknowledge the Lord as your Creator Who has a fantastic plan for your life!
The Lord is near! He is not far away. He is accessible! How? By calling upon Him we can experience His answers to our prayers and rejoice in His presence and care. The Lord Who is near cares about us, so we can cast all our anxieties upon Him. The Lord Who is near is mighty, so He is well able to handle those cares and do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think as we are promised in Ephesians 3:20-21.
Now is the time to pray and cast our anxieties upon the Lord.
A day is coming when those who reject the Lord through unbelief will no longer be able to find Him and He will no longer be near them to hear their prayers. But today is still the day of salvation!
May you be encouraged to keep growing in your relationship with the Lord (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) through faith in the Word of God and through prayer which acknowledges His nearness. And may you boldly proclaim His willingness to be found by those who seek Him and His nearness to those who call upon Him.
By Linda Sanders Vought
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." - Matthew 6:33
As a child did you ever play hide n' seek? I did, but the times I remember the most is when I played it as an adult with my youngest son, Joey. When he was about two years of age, I would come home from work, he would hide, usually behind the big brown recliner in the corner of the big family room by the large brick fireplace. It became a game that he and I loved to play. As I came in the door, I would shout out where is my Joey, where did Joey go, Dad? He would hide and try his best not to laugh, but he always did, reassuring that I would find him, because then he knew what was about to happen. When I found him behind the big brown chair, he would then run, making me think I could not catch him, but I always did. I then would pick him up, give him the biggest Mama Bear hug possible and a kiss on the cheek, then tickle him until he could not take it anymore. Then we would both fall on the big family couch and laugh until we both would almost cry. I looked forward to those times and he did too.
Life is full of stress; it seems to be even more so for Christians, especially in today's society where Christianity is viewed by the masses, media and the motion picture entertainment world as irrelevant and inappropriate for a modern society. Recently Piers Morgan, of "America's Got Talent" fame, said "Both the Bible and the Constitution are basically inherently flawed." That is the world's point of view. He is applauded by the liberal elite, and we as Christians are looked upon as antiquated and foolish by the populace. However, as Christians we are not of this world (1 Peter 2:11-12, Philippians 3:20, Hebrews 13:14-16); we are only passing through and God has a better plan than for us to worry and fret about what people think of us or what will happen to us tomorrow.
If we are not careful we will allow the things of this world, the bad news of a sinking economy, the liberal view of the world, along with just the everyday life of making ends meet stress us to the point where we become anxious instead of trusting and relying on the Lord to help us through. That is why we must first seek him, and he will take care of the rest (Matthew 6:25-32). Now that does not mean that we sit at home, do not work and expect our needs to be met without us being responsible...but what it does mean is that our mind-set is attentive on Him. We realize that we are nothing without Him, and as a Christian He now should be the common denominator where everything else is gauged. He has become our plumb line, the point by which we measure everything else.
Anxiety will strip us of our joy, our faith and our desire to serve the Lord. We will give up and walk away if we are not careful because the cares of this world will evaporate our faith into fear, our joy into sorrow. It will happen. We will find ourselves worrying about our life, how are going to pay the bills, our children, our health, the list can become endless. But God says, "Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you." God will take care of us; that is a promise.
When we seek the Lord, He does not hide from us, as my son, Joey hid from me, but He makes Himself available. He is there where we need Him, ready to help us, comfort us in all things, if we will simply allow Him to do so. After all, He is not the one lost. He made us and from the very foundation of the world He knew us (Psalm 139:13-14), so surely He will take care of us. In Exodus 15:2 Moses wrote the following, "The Lord is my strength and song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt Him."
This is where Christianity is different, the Lord does not just want to visit us and leave us to ourselves. He created us that we might have fellowship with Him that is a relationship. We are able to pray and talk with Him anytime anywhere, without the need for a pope, priest or pastor. We have direct access and He will help us through each day. No, we are not exempt from pain, heartache and even calamity of storms that may come into our lives, but He promises us that he will never leave us nor forsake us and that "joy comes in the morning." His presence and our joy are new every morning; if we seek Him, we will find Him. He has a better plan for our lives, better than this world could ever offer us; it is His promise to His Children.
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