Friday, June 26, 2009

Where Are You God?

Deuteronomy 31:6: "...God will never leave you nor forsake you."

The last couple of weeks have been busy, but that is not the reason for the time lapse between posts. I just haven't felt I had anything to share that would be worthy of your time to read. I made the decision when I started this blog that I didn't want to just write for the sake of writing.

When I sit down lately to get in the presence of God, I feel nothing. Do you ever have seasons when the heavens seem like brass -- with prayers bouncing back? I know I'm not alone. In those seasons, I've learned to:

1. Search my heart to see if there's anything blocking my hearing -- either sin, unforgiveness, wrong attitudes, etc. (Psalm 139:23-24)

2. Take authority over Satan in the name of Jesus. (Luke 10:19; Matthew 18:18)

3. Control my thought-life. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

4. Discern whether I'm distracted and start listening closer. (Luke 8:14)

5. Continue to read the Word and ask God to reveal things to me. (Jeremiah 33:3)

6. Continue to praise Him -- whether I want to or not. (Philippians 4:4)

7. Do those things God has already told me to do. (James 1:22)

In past seasons when I have followed this pattern, eventually the feelings return. In our world today, feelings are probably overrated. Could this be why there are so many divorces in our land? Instead of commitment to marriage for life, many commit as long as the feelings remain.

My life is God's forever -- not just when He makes me feel all tingly. I continue to hold onto those words He has told me before. I know He is here. He has promised to never leave me or forsake me. I can trust Him -- and so can you!

2 comments:

  1. Sigh. Life. This past week has been extremes of highs and lows with my family and friends. Although I know my steps are directed by the Lord (Proverbs 20:24), sometimes I feel like Peter and see only a storm tossed sea (Matthew 14). However, I keep walking by faith, keep listening/reading God's WORD, and keep singing along with the artists on KLOVE. When I do this, I see simple everyday gifts as God's reminder that He is with me.

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