Saturday, April 24, 2010

accessible

This was my experience the other day...

Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring

Thank you for calling. If you are calling about a new order, please press 1.
If you are calling about an existing order, please press 2.
If you are calling for technical support, please press 3.
If you are calling to speak to an actual person and get some actual answers.... well.... hmmmm.... we don't have a button to push for that. Maybe press 0???....

(I pressed 0.)

Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring. Ring.

Thank you for calling. If you are calling about a new order, please press 1... and so on... and so on... and so on...

Sigh. Don't you hate that? Don't you hate being that person who is stuck following a recorded operator's voice? Don't you hate being that person who is treated like a statistical number rather than a valued individual? Don't you hate being that person who is doomed to hear every allotted service category assigned to your telephone's ten digits, but never really know if you will have the satisfaction to ever find or receive the help you seek from a living, breathing person?

While enduring such a circus the other day, I started to think about how we can sometimes forget that God is God... not man. We sometimes fall into the trap of comparing God's Way to man's way and how men are accustom to doing things. Thus, we can end up feeling dissatisfied with The Almighty because we feel stuck "waiting on the phone" for Him to answer our seemingly one-sided conversation with the recorded Voice of scripture.

Sometimes, when God is quiet, we start to think He is inaccessible, unattainable, far away. Our own life experiences, filled with the unfulfilled promises of this world, can easily but incorrectly lead us to surmise that God must not be on the other end of our call... that He must not care or be reliable either. So, why should we seek after Him... trust Him... believe Him?

Here is God's answer:

This is what the Lord says, he who made the earth, the Lord who formed it and established it — the Lord is his name: "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:2-4)

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your forefathers, which he confirmed to them by oath. (Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalms 9:9-10)


When we begin to doubt God's truth and reliability, we are following the same pattern of sin that Satan dangled before Adam and Eve. When we don't follow God's word and trust His Way, we always end up selfishly seeking to find our own solution and end up outside of God's will. So, when God feels distant to us and Satan tries to shake our faith away from following Jesus, we must always go back and cling to God's eternal, unchanging Word... He is good. He loves us. He wants what is best for us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He has promised to be faithful to us. He has told us that if we trust in Him, He will never forsake us. These are absolute statements of truth that will never change. Our Savior is also our Shepherd and King... because of this, we must not only believe in Him, but follow Him to know Him and be in His presence.

We must always continue to seek after God while constantly asking Him to strengthen our faith. No matter how far away He may seem at any given time, God is more accessible and more in love with us than any other person we will ever know. That said, we must also remember that He is God, and does things according to His own perfect plan... His way works... our way, clearly does not. To find Him, we must not only hear His words, but put them into practice. We must do what He says and strive to never waiver from following His commands.

Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete. (Luke 6:46-49)

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)


Ladies, I share this news with you as the apostle Paul did when he said, "When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power." Don't rest your faith and hope on the wisdom, actions, and the ways of men. And don't compare God's ways to man's. Man is not naturally reliable or loving. Man is sinful and unholy. Only by following Jesus, can man ever find God. There is no other Way.

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

No matter if God feels close or distant, I encourage you to trust and follow His Word. Daily pray to Him as king David did in Psalms 27, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."

Let us live seeking and following our Redeemer, rather than questioning His accessibility. He is with us. He loves us. He wants what is best for us. Let us meditate on His promises and remember to walk in His ways and do what is right. No matter how we may "feel" from moment to moment, we can rely on the absolute truth of our Master and know that He is on the other end of the line always overseeing what is best for us.

God is God. God loves me. God will be with me and will bless me if I follow His Way... Remember that! Believe it! Call to Him and He will answer you... you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.

If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you. (1 Kings 11:38)

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. (Psalm 119:30)

Blessings!
Blog Posting Written By Victoria Anderson

1 comment:

  1. Thanks! So very inspirational!

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