Monthly Archives: October 2017

November 2017

IT’S NOT THAT DIFFICULT

There are times when we want to do exactly what God desires, but everything seems too complicated. We want to be in the perfect will of the Almighty, but He is not making the path very clear. Is following God a “trial and error” process?

In a world where I have to remember my third grade teacher’s name (for security reasons) just to complete an online purchase, simplicity is becoming a distant memory. Since God is far more complex than any computer, we begin to wonder if it is possible to get His answer to our problem without pressing “one for English.” I have my Bible, but what page covers my question about a problem with overdraft protection?

Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10)

The Thunderbirds are an impressive demonstration flying team.  My favorite stunt is their tight formation. The F16 Falcon cockpit contains a plethora of indicators, switches, dials, and buttons During their incredible maneuvers, the lead pilot is attentive to his or her avionics, while the rest of the group focuses on the wing of the plan next to them.

This principle applies to our relationship with God. No matter how complex our problems may seem, if we are right on His wing, we will arrive safely. God chooses to withhold nonessential information so that we can focus on one task at a time. In a world with enormous amounts of information, this simplicity is rather comforting.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. (Psalm 46:1-4)

Although it is challenging to remember, following God is not that difficult. We simply need to walk where He is leading. Another name for the Holy Spirit is the Comforter. He will direct us to the page of our Bible that covers our problem with overdraft protection in His own unique way.

 

October 2017

CLOSER

Improving our relationship with the Almighty needs to be our highest priority. Although the distractions of life are many, this can be obtained by the power of the Holy Spirit. Giving Him our all is spiritual dynamite. No matter the setting, life is much better when God is near.

But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds. (Psalm73:28)

Our feelings about the proximity of God can be flawed. When we are in a battle and situations seem to be progressing from bad to worse, it is natural to wonder what happened to God. Beloved, He is closer than our next heartbeat. Similarly, when we have slipped into sin, we can think that we have exhausted His incredible grace and mercy. Rather than trying to untangle twisted emotions, it is better to confess, repent, and commit.

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way, say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear, your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.” Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer; and the mute tongue shout for joy. Water will gush forth in the wildernessa nd steams in the desert. (Isaiah 35:3-6)