MIDWEEK MINUTE 4/10/19
Once upon a time in our lives we decided to do something radical. We decided to do something that’s not part of this world. We decided to look beyond ourselves and beyond the spaces of our consciousness. We decided to see if there is a God.
For those that came upon the reality that there IS a God, we sought to see what He is all about. Then we became bold enough to start to talk to God. Ask Him questions like, “Who are You?” “Why am I here?” “If you are real, can you help me?”
Those who seek God usually come from two camps. One camp is looking for the meaning of life. As they realize they have been created, they want answers from the Creator who made them. The other camp is looking for solutions to life that have caused pain or confusion.
Ultimately, the answer to both camps is found in Jesus. For the first camp, we find that Jesus connects us directly to God our Creator and Heavenly Father, who stands ready to love and forgive us into eternity by teaching us and leading us through this life to the next. For the other camp, we find peace and affirmation through Jesus, who loves and forgives us through our pain and confusion, to bring us into the presence of God our Father.
In both camps we want answers. We want resolutions. We want God to feed us what we need to make it through this world, so that we can live in a better place, with Him, forever. Because when we’re done here, life is not over. We still have an eternity to live out. God wants us to choose wisely; to choose Him through Jesus.
All this is true, but there’s one component missing. Everything I’ve talked about so far has to do with us finding answers for ourselves. The focus is inward. And that makes sense. After all, every journey starts with an unfulfilled “need.” Right? We want our needs fulfilled.
So, here’s the deal… the more God answers us, the more He reveals to us, the more He affirms us, the more He wants us to come to one critical realization… He wants us set aside for a moment our self-reflection, so that we can reflect upon and see WHO HE IS.
Psalm 63:1 says, “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for You, my whole being longs for You, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”
In our legitimate need for God, how do we seek Him? Not for what He can do for us, but simply to KNOW WHO HE IS? Do we realize how magnificent He is? How powerful He is? How eternal He is? How loving He is?
When was the last time any of us just stopped what we were doing to simply LOVE HIM BACK? To praise Him? To thank Him? To make that moment about nothing other than being in His presence. Being in awe. Being overwhelmed. Being humbled. Being.
This, my friends, is worship. Worship is all about God. It’s all about Jesus. It’s all about setting our eyes beyond ourselves to be in the presence of a God that loves us into eternity… because He first loved us!
God wants us to invite Him into every issue that we face, but He also wants us to spend time focusing on Him, getting to know Him. It’s not hard. All you have to do is just give Him the time of day.
God bless you all, and we hope to see you Sunday!