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Relax, He Knows Where You Are!

Being noticed is one of the biggest driving forces in our society today. People want to be seen, heard, and recognized.  People do whatever it takes to be noticed, from the dying of their hair different colors to wearing flashy clothes, to not wearing much at all to be noticed. Sadly, this mentality has come into the church on Sunday mornings with bright suits, big ties, high heel shoes and low-cut revealing dresses. People want to be “seen.”  Perhaps it’s a fear of not being noticed or overlooked or it may even be peer pressure.  Whatever it is that drives this common mentality, it’s definitely in our human nature to want others to see us and acknowledge us.

But as a follower of Christ, please don’t concern yourself with being noticed or being a part of the “Who’s Who” in society to the best of your ability.  Don’t bother with being in the religious clique or running in with the popular crowd. You must believe that God knows where you are and when He has an assignment for you.  I have this on good authority from God’s Word:

When the prophet Samuel came to the house of Jesse to appoint a new King for Israel, none of the seven sons that passed before Samuel were chosen. Initially Samuel was going to anoint Eliab as the new King. He “looked” like the chosen one, but God told Samuel, “For the Lord does not see as a man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  The one Samuel was looking for wasn’t even among those who had gathered.  The one Samuel was looking for wasn’t even invited, because someone needed to keep watch over the flock.  David didn’t seem to concern himself with being at the sacrifice and was content to keep watching the flock.  But God, got who He was looking for.

David wasn’t trying to be noticed or in with the popular crowd, he was just being faithful over a few things, and God made him ruler over many things.  Believe today that God sees you!  Don’t stress if you’re overlooked or not in the “in crowd.”  With God, you don’t need to be, because when your assignment comes up, He knows where to find you.

Learn this Prayer 3

Learn this prayer, “Lord, save me!” But when he saw that the wind [was] boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” —Matthew 14:30 The apostle Peter along with the other apostles saw Jesus walking on water on the Sea of Galilee, and instead of waiting for the Lord to come get in the boat, Peter asked that he might come to Jesus walking on water. There will always be people like Peter who are never content to stay in the safety and comfort of their boat and courageous enough to ask great things of God. When Peter asked, Jesus responded with one word, “Come.” That word gave more than permission, but it was filled with glorious power to the point that Peter miraculously walked on water. But then like many do today, he took his eyes off of Jesus in a most critical moment—and when he did, he began to sink in the sea. When you start to sink in life, pray this prayer, “Lord, save me!” When you take a step of faith and then take your eyes off God, this is the prayer to pray.

Obviously Peter couldn’t save himself and he knew it, so he cried out to Jesus and it says in verse 31, “And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” We begin to doubt the power and love of God when we take our eyes off of Him. When Peter cried out, Jesus didn’t hesitate to save him, and not only did Peter need it, but those left in the boat needed to see it too. God wants us to walk on water and do those things that require courageous faith and unwavering focus on Him. And if we get to a point where we are sinking, we have a simple but powerful prayer to pray, “Lord, save me!”

Come to Jesus

John 6:25 (NKJV) And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?” This question was asked by a multitude of people who had witnessed the miracle of Jesus feeding 5,000 people. When they had eaten and were full, they saw Jesus walk alone into the mountain and the disciples get in the boat to depart on the sea. They knew the disciples’ boat from all the rest, and they knew the first place to start looking for Jesus so He could feed them again was Capernaum, and they were right. They were seeking Jesus, but for the wrong reason. They were seeking Him only to be fed, but not to believe in Him and have a relationship with Him.

It’s just like many today who seek Christ for what He has, but not want to surrender to who He is. These are crisis Christians and situational saints and Sunday soloists—Sunday being the only day an hour is given to Him. And here’s the deal, God knows who and why we show up. Some will come to Jesus for the social status, but the Lord knows when our hearts are far from Him. No one can fool God!

The good news of this is that when those people came looking for Jesus, they found Him. They never saw Jesus get into the boat, but they had a good idea where the disciples were. And today if you are seeking Jesus, you should go to where you believe His disciples have gathered. Jesus didn’t tell the multitude to go away because they sought for the wrong reasons, He told them the truth about who He was, “I am the bread of life.” People come to Christ for many reasons. Why do you?

Schedules

Whose schedule are you on? James 4:15 says “Instead you [ought] to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” Are you making plans without including God? It’s possible that what you are planning doesn’t fit into God’s personal schedule for your life or God’s global schedule for the world. So many people had to postpone wedding and cancel vacations and relocate funerals and dip into savings because there was another major event unfolding we didn’t know about. You can say Amen, you know that’s true, but what about the future? One thing for sure is that you can make plans, but God’s scheduled events for you personally and globally are going to happen.

Make plans and include God and then be ready to reschedule, reroute, or cancel altogether. God is working mightily in this world and He did not allow His Son to die on the cross to postpone His scheduled events because of ours. Jesus was born at the absolute perfect time and crucified on the cross at the right time to the day and hour, and He is coming again right on schedule. Let me encourage you if you haven’t already, get on God’s schedule, because His is so much greater than ours.

Secrets of God

We all have secrets, but no one has as many secrets as God, and God’s secrets concern you and me.  When you share a secret or private message with someone you trust, you expect that person to keep it private.  There are many things in our lives that do not need to be publicized or posted on Facebook.  You may share a secret with someone you trust, but usually you share that secret for a few different reasons.  The secret may be a burden you need to share with someone so they can pray for you.  You may share a secret because it is a matter of accountability you want help with.  You may share a secret because whatever it is directly effects the person you are sharing with.  And then some share secrets because they can’t keep things to themselves.  

But who does God share His secrets with and why?  

“The secret of the LORD [is] with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant.” Psalms 25:14

God shares His secrets with those who fear Him not because it’s a burden He can’t bear, nor a matter of accountability.  God shares His secrets with us to move us to action.  

Then the men rose from there and looked toward Sodom, and Abraham went with them to send them on the way.  And the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, “since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?”  Genesis 18:16-18

The secret God shared with Abraham had to do with the judgment that was about to rain down on Sodom and Gomorrah.  When this secret was revealed to Abraham, Abraham immediately began to plead with God to spare the cities.  Abraham pleaded with God for mercy because Lot and his family lived in Sodom.  When God shares a secret with you it is not to inform you of His future plans, but He shares with you to hear the Christ-like intercession Jesus made from the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  Do you want to know a secret of God?  Be the one who fears the Lord and He will share with you.  

Buckle Up!

Our minds are trained to believe that in every difficulty of life, all that God has in mind is to deliver and get us out of it.  I’m certain the majority of the prayers lifted up to God concerning the global disruption of the coronavirus has been petition for God to deliver us from it, to intervene and stop it or to bless us with a cure for it.  And there’s nothing wrong with those prayers at all. In fact, I have prayed in that same manner and believe God is able to do all those things.  But I am reminded in the scriptures that God is not always interested in getting his children out of the confusing and painful events of our lives. Sometimes God wants to walk with you through it.  Be reminded of what it says in Isaiah 43. 

 “But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called [you] by your name; You [are] Mine. When you pass through the waters, I [will be] with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2

A careful study of God’s Word shows that, yes, God delivers, but God also allows us to endure and go through the waters and the fast moving currents of the rivers and through the fires of adversity and tribulation.  God’s children went through the 10 plagues sent upon Egypt and the three Hebrews went through the consuming fire of Nebuchadnezzar.  They went through their captivity in Babylon, and I know you don’t want to hear this, but God may very well allow us to go through this time of unbelievable change to our nation and the world as we have always known it.  You should buckle up spiritually, because God marks and measures our valleys and listens for our sincere cries for mercy.  Whatever the case may be with the coronavirus, God has not redeemed us or named us to lose us, and we can count on Him taking us through it.  

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