If – Then

For every action there is a reaction.  What law is that?

Let’s Google it – its Newton’s Third Law of Physics.  I’m impressed!  I wasn’t sure anything I studied about physics actually stuck.

I know I’m taking this law out of context but only physicists (like my son-in-law) will know that.  I’m relating it to things we would like to happen.  And how these things won’t happen until we take action.

Like cleaning my house – this will only happen if someone (wish it wasn’t me) gets going and cleans it.

Like living a healthy life style – it won’t happen without eating right and exercising.

I have to actually do something or several somethings in order to have these things happen.

So, it makes sense that, if I want to know God’s truth, I have to read it.  I have to study it.

If I want to hear God’s voice, I need to learn more about him so I can understand him when he’s trying to talk to me.  I need to spend time with him so I’m more sensitive to his whispers and prodding.

If I want to live my life aligned with God, I need to understand why he created me – what is his plan and purpose for me?

My primary purpose is very clear.  Love God and love others.  If you are a believer, your main purpose is the same as mine.

The rest of details are revealed when I’m living out my primary purpose.   And, I have found, that his detailed plan and purpose changes and evolves as I go through the different phases of my life.  I have to constantly pay attention.

As I seek him, I grow in understanding his truth, I hear his voice more clearly and I can see his different plans and purposes unfold as I watch closely.

King David knew all about finding God.  He told his son, Solomon, in 1 Chronicles 28, “If you seek him, he will be found by you.”

David was preparing Solomon to take over his kingdom.  David knew he didn’t have much time left here on earth so he was literally giving Solomon the key to the kingdom.

And that key was to seek God.

It’s still a key for us today.

It’s the key to success.

It’s the key to happiness.

It’s the key to fulfilling our purpose here on earth before we go home to spend eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Thank you for the key, Abba.

 

Watch and Pray

Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane (pictures) praying in anguish over what was going to happen to him and, not far away, his disciples were sleeping.eeeeeddgarden of gethsemane

When Jesus found them sleeping, he told them to, ‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.’

Well, that explains a lot.

That explains why we are sometimes so wimpy – so weak.

Why we want to love God with all of our hearts but suddenly find ourselves – once again – totally concentrated on our will, not God’s will.

It’s a constant struggle.  Our conversations are filled with ‘ I think’, ‘I want’, ‘I feel’.eeeeeddgardem of g

We’re weak.

And Jesus gives us a solution to this problem – watch and pray.

Watch our behavior and compare it to the role model Jesus set for us.

And pray.

When we seek God, we will always find him.  He has promised us that.

And he has all the answers.

Not us.

We’re weak.  We know it.  Jesus knows it.eeeeeDSC_0422

We need to watch and pray.

Thank you, dear Jesus.