“For we walk by faith; not by sight.” ~
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
I have been trying to lose a few pounds. I have been watching what I eat, trying to eat better and less and drinking more water. I have also started walking – preparing to run again. One day last week I stepped on the scales and discovered I wasn’t making much progress. I thought to myself…I’m going to just quit trying. It didn’t do any good so why bother.
Then the Lord brought this scripture to my mind. My trying to get healthier is a process not a one day, one week deal. So I must have faith that what I am doing will bring the results I want eventually. One look at the scales does not mean things aren’t changing for the better.
That applies to our spiritual life as well.
Just because we can’t see everything the Lord is doing in us and around us does not mean that changes are not taking place.
We just have to keep walking with Him. We have to keep our focus on who He is and not worry about what we see or don’t see.
He will be in control of our lives if we let Him. When Jesus is in control of our lives…all things will be better than just OK…they will be awesome.
My prayer is that my walk and life are controlled by Jesus…that I not worry about what I can and cannot see but focus on the hope I have in Christ…that people around me know Who it is I walk with. How about you?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction. ~ Proverbs 1:7
There were two definitions of the word fool that I really liked. The first was, ‘a person lacking in judgment or prudence’ and the second, ‘a retainer formerly kept in great households to provide casual entertainment and commonly dressed in motley with cap, bells, and bauble’. I think both of these definitions can describe the same person unfortunately.
If we don’t reverence God, if we are not in awe of who He is then our knowledge of Him is just in our heads and not our hearts. Fools can have head knowledge of Him but never heart knowledge.
For us to have a wonderful, fantastic, loving and growing relationship with Jesus it MUST be a heart thing. We must reverence the holiness of God. We must stand in awe of His majesty.
A fool never will.
A fool knows it all.
A fool would not deign to desire the kind of wisdom it takes to know God.
It’s sad…but true.
To have the wisdom of God all we have to do is ask. He said we could have it. His word is true. Nothing foolish about it!
My prayer is that I am never foolish about my relationship with Jesus…that my knowledge of Him grows more everyday…that I can be a living testimony of what heart knowledge of God will do for your life. How about you?
How are you today? Are you busy? Got lots of errands to run…places to go…people to see? With all that can be going on in our lives what with work, family and friends sometimes it is very difficult to stop long enough in our busyness to just praise and worship God.
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with working hard , taking care of our families, and enjoying some relaxation . But when God is moved down the list of our priorities – we have a problem.
I have learned over the past several years that to really EMBRACE God…to have a true and wonderful relationship with Him, He must come first IN ALL THINGS and AT ALL TIMES.
To embrace Jesus is to love Him with all your heart, your soul, your mind. It is to give Him first place in your life. He desires to be everything to us. He longs to embrace us with His love, His peace, His joy, His strength, His kindness…with everything He is and has!
He is absolutely the only true thing we NEED in our lives! JESUS! Embrace me, PLEASE!