Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Can’t see God

God is always there.  God is always good.  God loves you.

Sound familiar?

Do these kind of sayings comfort you?

Sometimes I feel like I can’t see God.  I can’t feel his presence.  Guess whose fault that is? 

When I can’t see God, it is because I have closed my eyes.  It is because I have refused to look.  God is all around me all the time.  His creation shows his majesty. 

The world teaches me things like – “I am the most important thing.”  “It’s all about me.”  “There’s nothing you can’t accomplish if you put your mind to it.”

All of that sounds good but is not true.  It’s a form of humanism.  It’s no wonder when we encounter problems that we try immediately to solve them ourselves instead of turning to God. 

The Bible is full of stories about men and women who thought they had all the answers.  Then they discovered they couldn’t make it on their own.  God’s hope for all of us is that we will will eventually realize that we need him.

I don’t have to look far to see faithlessness.  I simply need to look at my own life.  I need to trust fully in God’s presence in my life and his love for me.  I need to seek immediate and constant help from God. 

The Bible describes faith as “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  (Hebrews 11:11) 

Get to know God.  Get to know his character.  Then cling to tightly to the promises that he has given you.  He who has promised is faithful.   (Hebrews 10:23)

Now to press on with the journey.  I am sure lots of opportunities will present themselves along the way.  Opportunities to show my faith.  Opportunities to choose to see God and to seek his plan and his wisdom.  Help me keep my eyes open and see God in the midst of everything.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of God’s grace.  I’ve heard about grace for my entire life but I am not sure I really grasp it completely.

I’ve heard the definition that grace is God’s unmerited favor.  Something we get that we don’t deserve…like a gift.  Grace then ties into forgiveness and eternal life.

It is through the death of Jesus on the cross that we obtain eternal life.  Do I really understand what Jesus did for me?  Do I grasp that Jesus willingly gave up his life on the cross for me.  He never sinned and didn’t do anything to deserve death. 

Take a look at what Paul has to say to Timothy:

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.”  2 Timothy 1:9-10

We are saved because of his grace!  What does that mean to me?  Am I thankful for grace?  Do I live like I am thankful?  Do I extend grace to others?  Just like I need grace from God and forgiveness, others need me to extend grace to them.

Today’s challenge is to look at your life and see who you can extend grace to. 


Monday, March 7, 2011


K.I.S.S. stands for “keep it simple stupid”.

I am some times guilty of making things too complicated.  The Christian life isn’t meant to be complicated.  We make it complicated with our systems of rules.

Every moment of every day, my life goes on.  I need to make the most of it.  Don’t spend my life waiting for the next thing to happen.  Don’t waste a single moment.  Make plans and goals but live in the present.  However, my plans and goals are important as they help give direction to my life.

Seek God every moment of every day.  Make the most of the opportunities I have ,  Find ways to love and serve others.  Be thankful as I live my life.  Delight myself in your journey.

Simplifying your life is not about how much money your do or don’t have.  It’s not about the stuff you have or don’t have.  It has nothing to do with material things.  It really has to do with learning to have my needs met in Christ.

It’s hard to keep my life simple because I am constantly hit with the idea that I need more, more, more stuff.  Do I have the best iPod, iPad, iPhone, XBox, Wii, Kindle, Nook, etc…  Americans are the ultimate consumers.  We buy and buy and buy, thinking that these purchases will make us happy.

When I feel like my life is out of control, I need to look at the details of my life and find a way to simplify. 

  • I need to live humbly before God.
  • I need to trust God to meet my needs.
  • I need to ask God to help me identify my real needs.
  • I need to look for beauty and value in everything around me.
  • I need to do my best at whatever I do.
  • I need to accept where I am in my life and try to see God’s plan.
  • I need to love my family all the time.
  • I need to give away anything that is in my life that is keeping my attention away from God.
  • I need to focus on things that help me in my walk with Christ.
  • I need to remember that I am on a journey that ends in heaven.  I am not long for this world.

Does that help you to think about how to simplify?