Welcome to my Blog! I profess to be a writer, so here I begin actually sharing my musings.
Today I am thankful for a warm house as I listen to the wind outside and see the swirling snow out my window. It’s a good day to contemplate what Father God is speaking to me and what step to take next in my journey on this earth.
Let’s start with this quote from Chosen People’s recent newsletter: “We often labor for years – even a lifetime – trusting that God will one day bring fruit from our efforts.”
The Bible tells us faith is the substance of things hoped for that are not seen, and that hope does not disappoint. All the “heroes of the Bible” in Hebrews 11 believed by faith, not seeing the Promise of God this side of Heaven. I wonder how many answers to prayer I’m not seeing because I have not seen, been disappointed and given up hope?
“Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey” this song I learned as a new Christian has come back to me lately in a new way. Don’t you love how the Holy Spirit brings things to mind at just the right time? I have been around several youngsters lately who have not been taught what obedience is. When their parents speak to them, there’s no response, often resulting in shouting, or at least raised voices and frustration on both ends. I talked to one of my grandchildren about obeying, a new concept to him. I told him it means responding so the person knows you’ve heard. It’s also doing what you’re asked to do when you are told to do it. Observing these youngsters showed me a picture of how I often relate to Father God. How often have I treated Him the same way my grandson treated his parents? If He truly loves me, how do I show my love for Him?
After we’ve accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we need to learn to trust and obey. A relationship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit needs to be developed. We are related to Eve, the first mother, in the Garden of Eden. Like her, we question if God really loves us, really wants what’s best for us, “did He really say…?”. (Genesis 1) John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that every one who believes in Him would not die but would have eternal life.” John continues in verse 17: “For God did not send His Son into the world so that He would condemn the world, but so that the world would be saved through Him.” (One New Man Bible)
These verses describe a love we can’t find anywhere else. So, after we settle the question of God truly loving us, the next step is to trust He wants a relationship with us. I am learning as King David did that to obey is better than an offering or sacrifice I could bring to Him.
I am currently reading reset 20 ways to a consistent prayer life by Bob Sorge. It’s a CHOICE and a battle to carve out a time and place to open the Bible and concentrate on Him, making room for a two-way conversation. It’s a privilege to have a relationship with Him and worth the sacrifice of my time to cultivate it. I need to choose as an act of my will to cultivate a relationship with the LORD. I hope you’ll join me seeking the Lord and walking in His ways in a new way this year.
I leave you with James 4:8: Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.