Getting Closer

A follow-up to my previous blog: Seek Him / Find Him

Have you ever felt as if you were nowhere close to The Lord? For some of us, it can seem instead of getting closer to our Heavenly Father, we are moving further and further away.

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

As I was looking at the window of my plane yesterday, I began to think about all of the signals being sent via satellites all over the world to our phones, radios, tv, ext. We don’t see the signals yet we hear them. The same is true with God, though we don’t see Him, we can hear Him.

However, what happens when you get further away from a satellite? The connection is lost and we no longer can hear it. Have you ever had no cell phone service and your call is lost? Maybe you are listening to a game on the way home from work and you lose signal of the game. Likewise in our spiritual life, when we get further away from God, the harder it becomes to be close to Him and hear His voice.

Choose today to get closer to The Lord. You will never regret it.

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29-31

Reasons And Seasons

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have you ever had a winter that felt as if it was never going to end? Likewise in our lives we can have spiritual seasons that feel continuous and measureless, with no sight of a foreseeable end.

There is a rhyme and reason, for every time and season.

For every season you go through their are lessons to be learned. It can become easy to wonder why we are in the season were in if we’re not seeking out the reason we are there. For every question you may have about where you are right now, God has a answer.

No matter what season you’re in, there is a purpose for where you are at. Choose today to find the purpose in this season.

Light Of The World

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Have you ever been in complete darkness? The kind of darkness in which you can’t see your hand in front of your face? That kind of pitch darkness and lightlessness is what the world is without Jesus.

As Christians, we are called to illuminate the world and show them Jesus in our day-to-day lives. If this objective has become vague and equivocal, we can alternate to blending into the darkness. You don’t have to look far into the scripture to realize Jesus was not on this earth to blend into the darkness but rather stand out and show the world the light.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

A town built on a hill is visible to everyone, thus we should be distinguishable and conspicuous to the world. Our Father wants us to shine our light. For we were all in darkness at one time, but God graciously called us out of it into the light.

“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9

Seek Him / Find Him

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jerimiah 29:13

Have you ever felt like The Lord was distant? Maybe there have been periods in your life you felt He wasn’t there at all. I used to contend with these thoughts day in and day out. Observing my current situations, and asking “God are you even here?” I was expecting God to do all the work with no effort on my part. I wanted to find the Lord’s direction, joy, peace, and favor but did not want to put in the work to seek Him.

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

Notice, the scripture doesn’t say, “He will come near to you and you will come near to Him.” However, it first takes action on our part. This is the way the Lord has it established. Imagine if you had a friend who gave you whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted it- You would never have any incentive to pursue that friend because you wouldn’t value that relationship. God wants us to pursue Him and value our relationship with Him.

Are you feeling alone? Do you need questions answered? Are you questioning if God’s there? Seek.

Seek God and you will find Him. Whenever I would go to get counsel for various obstacles I was facing as I was younger, one of the first things I would get asked is “How much time are you spending with God?” I would think to myself how simple that seemed. Surely for such a complex issue, the answer can’t be as simple as spending time with God, but it is. Seek and you will find.

Any great explorer who ever found something had to put the work in to find it. Christopher Columbus wouldn’t have found the new world if he didn’t sail across the Atlantic.

It seems simple because it is simple. For whatever question you are trying to find an answer, the answer is in God’s Word, in prayer, and on your knees.

“But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29-31

In His Hands

“My times are in your hands.” Psalms 31:15

Two days ago while I was coming up on a vehicle at a red light, I noticed a large decal on its back window. At first glance, I thought the lettering read ‘Are You In God’s Hands?’ Once I motioned closer, I recognized it to be an Allstate company vehicle that instead read the infamous, ‘Are You In Good Hands?’ None-the-less it rendered a simple, yet profound question I want to present to you. Are you putting your life into His hands?

When someone says, “I’m taking matters into my own hands.” what have you found they are generally implying? That the person that originally was in control was not doing an adequate job, therefore they are taking control. Unfortunately, there have been times in my life, unintentionally I have put matters into my own hands. Whether it be financial, emotional, physical- with a self-assured mentality and dauntless resilience I try and control an outcome based on my ability. Living a life reliant upon our own strength and capability is a sure path to dissapointment.

“Lord, I put my life in your hands. I trust in you, my God, and I will not be disappointed.” Psalm 25:1

Exodus 14
Moses and the Isrealites are in some hot water with the Egyptians. Doubtful and unsure the Israelites tried to take conrtrol of their current situation. Moses replies in verse 13-14 saying “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Moses trusted in the Lord. Living a life independent on our own understanding is like you, not knowing how to fly an aircraft, take it upon yourself to operate it when the pilot is right there, fully able and competent. You were never expected to play the role of the pilot in your life- but rather let God take control and be still.

Life is more smooth when you take all that time and energy out of leaning on your own understanding and trust in the Lord. As Psalm 25 tells us, you will not be disappointed!

God, Your Guide

Psalm 32:8-9: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.

Imagine, you are at the bottom of a massive mountain and your objective is to get to the top. You have no idea which direction to start, no idea which path to take but you have to make it to the summit. Luckily, there is a mountain guide that knows exactly what you need to do. This guide has the knowledge and guidance you need in order to keep your path straight and moving forward. However, instead of letting the guide lead you, you chose your own way. Do you ever struggle with leaning on your own understanding and not allowing God, your guide, to make your path straight?

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust. It can be a very difficult thing to develop, but this is exactly what The Lord is asking of us. The Lord wants you to trust in Him with all your heart, He doesn’t want sixty percent, not ninety, but all of your heart. Trusting in our Father’s guidance is the key to unlocking the door of your future. Saying you trust Him, only to turn around and make your own path is being double-minded. Only having a GPS in your vehicle doesn’t get you to your destination, but it takes you trusting in that guidance and acting on it. Just as, saying you trust in God but not following his guidance won’t get you to where you’re going.

When we put God first and listen to the way He is telling us to go, everything falls into place. It might not happen the way you want it to, or when you want it to, but your path will fall into place. Do you want a clear path for your future this 2018? Remember the three-step process we learned above in Proverbs 32:

1) Trust in the Lord with all your heart
2) Lean not on your own understanding
3) Submit to God

Write it on your heart wherever your path takes you.

Isaiah Roebuck