Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! I sure hope that your day is going well! I know mine is…and why…because I have the Lord to talk to and share my day with…and I know that He will always be there for me…Amen!!
Have you ever had a day, when it seems as though one struggle takes you to another? Well, this is what I was facing on Saturday…and even into Sunday morning. One thing I've noticed though, while facing these moments; is that they have a way of nudging a person in God's direction. Here we feel that these hard times will only take us further down and maybe even defeat us, while God is seeing these moments in a completely different way. What I've come to see; is that He allows moments such as these sometimes, so we will have a reason to draw even closer to Him. I can just see it right now…Satan thinks that by placing these obstacles in our way; that he will be able to easily win the battle and defeat us; but you know what…Satan doesn't seem to realize one thing and that is that God is on the other side of the problem…using these moments to teach us how to depend on Him even more.
Today, I would like to share a very simple; but very hope-filled Bible verse with you, which is found in James 4:8a, and we read… "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." Like I said…over the weekend, I was facing what seemed to be one thing after another. First of all, I was tired and then I woke up with a headache, which I seldom have. Anyways…one thing I found myself doing all throughout those moments, was to call out to God for help. I remember a time around 30 years ago, when I never did that. I guess that I just took God for granted and expected Him to automatically do everything for me, without having to speak a word; but now as I look back on those times, I see why I never had a real relationship with Him; because I just expected Him to do it without me…and if it didn't happen in the way that I expected it to; then I would get upset and put the blame on Him. Now ask yourself…do you see that as a close-knit relationship with God? I don't; but I do praise Him today, for the relationship I have with Him now…and even though times can get pretty hard to handle…one thing I know; is that He's always there for me…and I praise Him so much for that!
You know…sometimes it's not always easy for me to experience everything I face each day, just like I'm sure that it's not always easy for you too; but one thing I can say to you today; is that I have drawn much closer to God lately…and that is because I have come to see how much I really need Him…and how I can't make it on my own. It's during times such as these; that we will either find ourselves running to God or we will remain in the wallowing hole of self-despair, as I once did…and I don't know about you; but I have enough to deal with in this life, without adding more to what is already happening.
Maybe today, you are unknowingly taking God for granted. Maybe you feel that since He is God; that He should just magically handle everything that concerns you. One thing I can say for sure; is that this is not how it works. What God longs for; is to share our lives with us…and how can that happen, if we are living a one-sided relationship with Him. Remember…it takes two to form a relationship and if we aren't doing our part to share our lives and everything that is taking place with Him; then how can this work? Through my own experience, I can definitely say that it won't work. We must remember that God isn't a magician…one who just zaps something into existence with a wand; but rather, God is a loving God…One who may allow and use the hard and difficult times of life to get our attention and draw us closer to Him…and why…because He loves us and longs to share in the moments that just seem to be too much of a struggle for us to get through on our own. Here, we live in a world where people walk away from us and don't care; but on the other hand, we have a God who loves us and longs to draw even closer to us. So I guess the question we need to ask ourselves today is this…"Why are we walking away from God, by automatically expecting Him to do it all on His own?"
Oh God, I thank you that you are always there for us! Never once have you walked away from me…and never once have you ever rejected me. I thank you also today, for the trials I've been through; because these have been the moments that have drawn me even closer into your presence. As we close Lord, I pray that we all will be able to look beyond what may be wrong at this time…to seek your presence…knowing that you are a God who loves us so much and will never let us down. How I thank you, for all the moments that you have not only heard my cry for help; but have met me there at the need…more than willing to help. I love you so much…and my prayer today, Lord; is that others will truly come to experience what you have taught me; that they too may find you to be the best friend they could ever have…Amen!!
Have very blessed day…and I hope you will come back tomorrow, for another great visit with God! God bless you so much!
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