Seek Devotional Day 7
“You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
I’m sure that you have had this experience… you meet someone and know their face but can’t remember where from or what their name is. Probably, they are having the same experience too.
We all like being remembered, to be known. When we feel forgotten by God it can be a devastating experience that leaves us deflated, exhausted and feeling abandoned. When this happens to me, I read again my own Book of Remembrance : all the times God has demonstrated His love for me that are specifically for me. One of my favourites was when I was reading a Robin Hobb trilogy. As soon as I finished the first book, the second was immediately there, in an Op shop that I don’t always go to, but did that day. And again, the third book was in another Op shop, tucked around a corner, waiting for me, just when I needed it. Small things when compared to the avalanche of human need all around us, but just as little foxes damage our hope and nibble at our faith, so too can the little things that our Father does for us every day build us up and bolster our courage, secure in the knowledge that He knows us.
‘Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.‘ Isaiah 43:1
“And all at once…His face seemed to be a tossing sea of gold in which they seemed to be floating, and such a sweetness and power rolled about them and over them that they felt they had never really been happy or wise or good, or even alive and awake, before. And the memory of that moment stayed with them always, so that as long as they both lived, if ever they were sad or afraid or angry, the thought of all that golden goodness, and the feeling that it was still there, quite close , just around some corner or just behind some door, would come back and make them sure, deep down inside, that all was well.” The Magicians Nephew. C.S.Lewis.
One encounter with God is enough. BUT GOD has seen to it that we can encounter Him every moment of every day. His “golden Goodness” has been secured for us by the blood of Jesus .
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” 2 Corinthians 5:18
The ‘all this ” is a new creation. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!“2 Corinthians 5:17
Celebrate every morning, the new you, the sweetness and power of our God who keeps His promises and thank Him that the old life has gone and a new life has begun.
SEEK Devotional Day 6
“Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him… He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3
I have been a follower of Jesus for 36 years and in that betrothal there has been better and worse, sickness and health, richer and poorer, life and death, joy, sorrow. Eternity has dug deep in my heart because there is an eldest son, my only sibling, my only nephew and my dad waiting for me in His presence. Jesus is my anchor in heaven, yet sometimes, it is my loved ones already there that keep me pressing into Him . Day after day, heart-ache after heart-ache, because I know His love.. And in the meantime there is still “joy unspeakable and full of glory” in our ever increasing family and the richness of the Body of Christ.
How can we know the Lord…ask Him.
How do we press into Him…seek Him, fervently.
“Oh, that we might know the LORD! Let us press on to know him”…and
“He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn…”
“…or the coming of rains in early spring.” Hosea 6:3
Be blessed as you pursue Him with your whole heart…better or worse, sickness and health, life and death, joy and sorrow…and He will lift you up..higher and higher.
SEEK DEVOTION Day 5 “My grace is sufficient for you” 2 Corinthians 12:9
I can not make His rain fall, but I can extend my hands to feel His love.
I am not responsible for the rain, but I am responsible to reach out.
SEEK Devotional Day 4
” For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
The story so far… Jesus gives us His advice for our lives, “remain in my Love”. Why? Because His Love may be “patient and kind” and all those other lovely things, but mine is a wavering and beleaguered romantic notion that, yes, has aspirations to the Divine, but also has delusions of grandeur. Given that we will have tribulation and suffering in this world, our survival depends on being in His presence.Our ability to ‘do good works’ with ‘the fulness of joy’ He offers instead of remaining in the fire swamp to take our chances, depends on knowing that just as we are fashioned by His hand, so is the work that He has for us to do. Custom made, fitting like a glove. You can do it because He designed you to do it.
Synchronicity is a wondrous thing. Just as I was writing about being in His presence, Steffany Frizzell-Gretzinger began singing “the more I seek You” worship song via i-Bethel TV and I heard again where we live our lives
When I “sit at Your feet…drink from the cup in Your hand…lay back against You and breathe and hear your heart beat”…I have all I need. You do, indeed, make me brave to do what You have designed me to do, with all the love and joy and peace which is the Kingdom of God . It’s in my DNA.
” If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and He will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if He does not, we want you to know, Oh King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” Daniel 3:17-18
Not many of us have faced such a choice. And not many of us will have to. We know the end of the Daniel story. Four men in the furnace instead of three and a fire that did not consume them. Papa God tells us not to be surprised by our ‘fiery trials’ or consider them ‘something strange’ as they make us ‘partners with Christ in His suffering’1 Peter 4:12-13 “How do we balance the fact that God loves to answer our prayers with the fact that we know as followers of Christ we will face suffering?” Kristen Schmucker in ” Seek. A 21 day devotional on prayer and fasting”
Looking back over my history with God and the suffering that is embedded into that story with all the other emotions that present themselves daily, I know that God has always answered my cry for help. He has been with me in my furnace and the fire has not consumed me.
SEEK DEVOTIONAL DAY 2
” Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
We all know this scripture. It’s pretty scary. And haven’t we been told, repeatedly, that ‘always’ is one of the words you ‘never’ use in relationships dialogues. Apparently Papa God disagrees. This is what love is…always. I was disqualified at patient and well, there you go, nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. Facing all my fears and failures once again.
And there is my answer and my hope and my joy. When I search in me I do not find the perfection that is God’s love. When I search Jesus, I do. He is our most excellent way.
This is a response to “Seek: a 21 day devotional on prayer and fasting”…a collection of writings from the heart of Pursuit Community. Have a look at their blog www.pursuitcommunity.com/blog/
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
Love, passed down from Father to Son to me.
A free gift if I choose to keep it.
And remain in it.
Just as Jesus chose to remain with His face to the cross and the joy He looked for.
Will I hide from my day when Jesus did not hide from His?
The earth went dark and broke
But God ripped apart the man-made shroud and freed me to be free.
This is another reason I love living In Dorrigo, a small rural community on the east coast of Australia. The majority of the believers in each of the faith communities that follow Jesus are committed to His words “by this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:3
This love and co-operation between the churches is a hope that has taken root and is now growing in the hearts of those who love Him. A banner of love that has been raised over this community and we will not take it down.
Sunrise over Dorrigo…as I look to the east I expect His coming …every day with His mercy and hope, correction and joy. There is a day coming that will have no end.
“If one chooses to split the two words as מרנא תא (maranâ thâ), a vocative concept with an imperative verb, then it can be translated as a command to the Lord to come. On the other hand, if one decides that the two words מרן אתא (maran ‘athâ), a possessive “Our Lord” and a perfect/preterite verb “has come,” are actually more warranted, then it would be seen as a credal expression. ”
Jesus has come, He is ever present and He will, in all His glory, come again.
In the mean time….. His people, gathering together in all possible ways, at all possible times, standing on the foundation laid by Christ, are fueled by the fire from our God, Whose heart burns with desire for a world He loves and a Bride He died for.