Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 10, 2011
“O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God.” Psalm 83:1
Sometimes the Lord seems a million miles away; prayers go unanswered, loneliness assaults the heart and fear grips the mind. His arm is not shortened, but is able to save, however at times His tender touch cannot be felt with absent faith. Indeed, faith can become AWOL (missing) for any sincere child of God. It’s when the feelings of abandonment absorb the soul that a soul must stay abandoned to its Savior Jesus.
Has a temporary tempest in your trust caused you to tread lightly into the Lord’s presence? It is scary when the winds of adversity blow beyond our ability to bear them. But our Almighty God is the one who causes whirling winds to cease and hurricane gales to go silent. What we cannot control, He can. What we cannot understand, He does, and when we cannot trust, He gives us the faith, hope and peace in Christ to carry on.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Take heart, the one who created you and the world around you, has not left His providential post. Like a military sentential that protects the people as they sleep, so the Lord does not sleep or slumber, but stays alert against the enemy on your behalf. If you feel aloof from the Almighty, then run toward Him not away from Him. The presence of Jesus awaits the hungry heart that does not give up on God. Go to Him for He is with you.
Perhaps you ask effective prayer warriors to intercede on your behalf for intimacy with the Almighty. Do not be embarrassed that the Lord feels absent; instead ask His children to come alongside you for support and encouragement. You can see Christ in normal Christians, and they are not far away. Enjoy His presence while you are in their presence.
“Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:46-47).
Are there any hindrances in your heart that may be creating a crevice in your fellowship with Christ? Examine your attitude, actions and words to make sure unrighteousness is not distancing itself from the righteous One. Confession of sin creates clean hands and a pure heart that usher you into the throne room of God’s grace. Go here often and you will feel His presence in sweet forgiveness and renewing of your faith. He’s close by to care.
“LORD, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart” (Psalm 15:1-2).
How can I pursue God with a pure heart and trust that His presence is within me?
Related Readings: Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Psalm 63:1; 139:7-10; Romans 8:37-39
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Thanks for your gentle words of exhortation and encouragement today…I needed this
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