Have you “hit your stride” with the LORD, yet? He’s all about being with you and you with Him. RELATIONSHIP!
5 …then you will find–God!
How could we think that God is so distant? He has made the first move EVERY time throughout mankind’s history:
- In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve sinned, yet God went looking for them;
- In a world where “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time,” God sought out Noah and bestowed grace upon him [that’s what “found favor in God’s sight” means] and saved humanity;
- God chose Abram/Abraham to start a nation who would be His bride;
- God chose Israel–not because of their goodness, but because of His promise to Abraham and His plan for humanity –> God was coming to earth! God literally plopped Himself down in the middle of “those sinful and dirty humans” to teach them how to draw near to Him. **
- God came to earth! “Immanuel” – “God with us” – “for unto you this day in the city of David [Bethlehem] is born to you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord, your Messiah!”
- At Pentecost, God came to live inside those who trust in Him. We become mobile temples!
And so, each morning I get up and heed these words by the wisest man who ever lived, yet the most foolish man, for he did not heed his own exhortation:
My son [child], if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord [who He is]
and find the knowledge of God. [intimate and experiential knowledge of Him]
Let me do a little exhorting here:
- Let’s not base our decisions on how we feel or what we think suits us. That kind of thinking is a foundation of sand. Indeed, it is quicksand! STAY AWAY!
- Ask the LORD Jesus to reveal to you the best way for you to get to know Him. Be ready to change how you live your life when you do! That kind of request requires us to accommodate His answer. 5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt [be ready to do whatever He says], because the one who doubts [is not really committed] is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded [of two opinions, his being the strongest] and unstable in all they do [wishy-washy when it comes to obeying God].”
- Do it consistently. It takes three weeks to establish a new habit, which reveals how slowly we learn. Give Him time and the opportunity to transform you into His image. You will never be sorry!
Abba, I pray for those reading today. May they heed Your call for them to join You–in everything and in every way. May what they read lead them to You; may what they watch cause them to think of You; may they “see” where You are working in the world and join You there. Open their eyes to the reality of You in their lives even as You do for me each day through Your Word and through Your guidance throughout the day. Thank You for such a neat chapter of truth, LORD. May we learn to live it each day. Amen.
**The phrase, “God cannot look upon sin” is found in Habakkuk 1:13 and says, 13 You who are of purer eyes than to see evil and cannot look at wrong, why do you idly look at traitors and remain silent when the wicked swallows up the man more righteous than he?” It is the second of Habakkuk’s complaints to God about Him allowing the “righteous” to be overtaken by evil people. When read in context, we see that Habakkuk is giving people’s opinion about God, that He cannot look upon sin, while accusing God of standing by while evil triumphs in the land. It’s obvious from the text that God’s holiness has nothing to do with “looking on sin,” but with dealing with sin in our lives. God will not tolerate sin in the lives of His children. Why? Because sin destroys them. Yet, He deals with sinful people everyday. TRANSFORMATION is what He’s about.