Thursday, May 20, 2010


Isn’t God amazing?! He loves us so much that He is concerned with out cares & wants, He listens to our prayers, and He delivers us from harm and leads us through endless trials. I was thinking about how God listened to the pleas from His people while they were in bondage to the Egyptians. He sent Moses to lead them out of this captivity and take them to the promised land. And before the dust settled good, the Israelites grew impatient and started wandering,

“And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him …” (Exodus 32:1-4)

I read about how the Israelites of the Old Testament would struggle through periods of turmoil. When they would get back on track with God, He would bless them with times of peace & prosperity. The days of milk and honey would be abundant. But before long, they would start straying away from Him. In no time at all, they would go back to following the ways of the flesh; and back into bondage & turmoil. I shake my head at their stupidity. How is it that when they had it so good, by staying close to the Lord, would they allow themselves to fall back into the pit? This happened over & over throughout history. It happens today, time and time again. How is it that an alcoholic can fall off the wagon? How can a man/woman in a happy marriage fall into the temptation of adultery? Or how can a great preacher of God’s Word fall into shame?

Then I look back over my own life. I shake my head at my own stupidity. I’ve found that for me, the answer is very simple. I loose sight of God. The distractions of simple everyday life steal my focus from spending time alone with God. And in what seems like a quick shake of the head, I’m wandering off the path. I guess it’s as basic as human nature. Adam & Eve were the first to wander and people have been doing it ever since. In our straying, we don’t necessarily have to worship the golden calf like they did in the time of Moses. We can still go about our ‘good’ lifestyles. The only real difference is our focus.

Sometimes we start mentally patting ourselves on the back for being such good Christians, etc., then as our focus starts turning inward to ‘self’. The old nature kicks in and before long we are chasing our own wants & desires with little or no thought to God’s will.

For others, it starts with the feeling that God isn’t listening to us. Have you ever prayed for something specific and not gotten a YES immediately? Most people think that the only way God answers prayer is with a quick “Yes”. They rarely consider the possibility that He could say “No” or “Wait”. If we don’t get the desired response, we often ignore God and go about doing it ourselves. Folks, I don’t know a Christian alive, young or old, who hasn’t taken matters into their own hands. We don’t want to “wait” and we certainly don’t want to be told “No”.

Staying close to God is a minute by minute process. In the course of a day, I can wander away a dozen times or more. It usually starts with a wayward thought that more often than not is ‘self’ based, and away I go. Before I realize it, I’m off doing my own thing with absolutely no thought to what God may want.

Once again, we are like little children. We get so engrossed in ourselves that we forget to look to our Father for guidance & direction. Just like the Israelites, we toe the line for awhile, and then when everything is going smooth … we begin to wander. Common sense would suggest that we would be smarter to stay close to the Lord when times are good. But unfortunately our human (sinful) nature doesn’t adhere to common sense very well.

Have a great day and may the Lord bless you.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Be Still And Know That I Am God

I often look about and feel frustrated and even angry at a world that seems bent on descending into chaos. Often I can recall some scripture that applies to it all as I witness this world boiling over it seems. I cannot fathom in this day and age how one could deny the truth of the Bible when everything we see happening in the world is told of, as we come closer to the final fulfillment of scripture. The Bible tells us that mankind will be scurrying to and fro, that evil will be called good and good evil. Reading about it all is one thing, but to actually witness it is altogether another. A world seemingly spinning out of control.

Sometimes I suffer from prophecy overload. I watch for the next event on the prophecy forecast, and am overwhelmed at the multitude of prophetic signs that either have happened or align themselves to happening. Yet the frustration builds as the world denies the truth. The scriptures tell us that scoffers will declare that it has always been the same now as in the past. There is nothing new under the sun. I read the news and get angry when I see a state has passed law that merely authorizes local law enforcement to enforce existing law, and yet this is an evil thing, but those who break the law are called victims. Unless I had seen it with my own eyes, I couldn’t begin to understand.

It truly seems to be a hopeless chaotic world out there. I ask The Lord to speak to me. Protect and guide my family and me. I ask Him to give me wisdom, to give me the right words to say as He brings me opportunity to tell others about Him. Then the chaos of life assaults me and I lose my focus, and ask again. Often satan wins his little skirmishes by distracting us from our purpose. I have often heard preachers tell that if satan can’t make us stumble then he will attempt to make us ineffective for God.

As I pray, often it is with questions, Lord, how do I, when do I, what should I…. And lately He seems to answer with His calming peace, speaking to my heart. Be still, and know that I am God. When our world is turned upside down and nothing seems to work, it is time to just sit quietly in the presence of the Lord and know He is there. It is in these times that He gives me peace and tells me to just wait on Him. It is that peace that surpasses all understanding. It is calm and comfort in the midst of the storm.

It is His answers that teach me to trust in Him, not myself.
Lord, how do I…. Be still? Sit and prayerfully listen for His voice.
Lord when do I? You don’t, He will.
Lord what should I? Not you, but Me says the Lord.

I still need reminding that I must let God lead me before I am to do, or say anything. How else can I learn to hear Him as He directs, if I don’t first learn Him, learn to hear His voice, if I don’t first sit quiet in His presence and wait for Him to speak. It is that daily building of a relationship that makes His voice more familiar to me each day. Jesus said “My sheep know my voice.” As I spend more time in quiet prayer and study of scriptures, I learn His voice and recognize Him talking to me even in the middle of chaos and turmoil. But in order to know His voice, I must first be still.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Simply walking in faith,