So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found of you,” says the Lord.” (Jer 29:13-14, New American Standard).
Did you ever play hide‘n seek when you were a kid? Sure you did. Did you ever hide so good that nobody could find you? Perhaps. If so, let me ask you this — after awhile, did you get tired of hiding? What did you do to get caught?
Did you clear your throat at the appropriate moment, or click your tongue, or fake a cough? Did you throw a rock, or make some other noise? It was your way of letting the seeker know where you were; you were in fact “giving yourself away.”
God does the same for us!
He is right now next to you, breathing upon you, putting His hand upon your shoulder. Oh I know you don’t feel it — but, I’m tellin’ you, He’s there. Occasionally He even makes His presence known. Actually. Literally. Physically!
In other words, He “gives Himself away.” He lets Himslef be found.
Just as a man in hiding would make his whereabouts known by stirring, so also God makes His presence known to us by stirring in our midst, by moving upon us with His Spirit. The fact is that no one could have ever found Him unless He gives Himself away! Unless He lets Himself be found.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found of you,” says the Lord.
Perhaps you may wonder if you can find God? I assure you that you can. The Bible makes clear that you were created by God and put on the earth — at the right time and in the right place — to provide you the best possible opportunity to seek after and to find the Lord. “He is not far from any one of us.”(see Act 17:26-27).
God gives Himself away to those who seek Him. But here is a thought for you to consider: He is seeking you! Are you hiding cleverly, thinking you will not be found? If so, isn’t it time for you to now give yourself away to Him? It’s easy, really — just call upon His name and say, “Here I am, Lord! Here I am!”
And you will find each other!
From the daily devotional “Rylisms”
Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?
2 Corinthians 2:15-16 NLT
A little personal note I wanted to share. Merry Christmas!
As I type this I am relaxing with a cup of coffee, with “Santa’s workshop” officially closed, awaiting time to open the Christmas kitchen, enjoying the last hours of peace before the holiday chaos (which I mostly enjoy) ensues. It occurred to me that in my hustle of the season and enduring a sinus infection over the last week I forgot to mention my results to my recent blood work.
If you have read much of this blog you know that my A1C was off the charts in August when I found out I’m a T2 diabetic: over 14. I’ve made some significant changes in my lifestyle to get this disease under control and was looking forward to seeing what three months of those changes would bring to my BG, triglycerides, cholesterol, and other numbers. It was odd to be looking so forward to a doctor appointment!
The reports showed…
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