Job 29:4 A Longing Desire

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Oh, for the days when I was in my prime, when God’s intimate friendship blessed my house, Job 39:4

It is very common to look back on days go by and desire to have them back. People often remember of good times in the past and want to go back to those days.

Those longings can be for going back to a home town, back to a high school, back to an old job, back to some old friendship, or something else that brings good memories. As much as one may long to go back to those ‘better’ times, it is usually not possible, and most often things have changed to the point it would not be the same.

One of the desires Job had was to go back to the time he felt God’s intimate friendship within his house. He is remembering of a time when God always seemed to be there and everything was working out just right. There were no problems or challenges. As he says this, Job is going through the trial of his life and God appears to have disappeared.

Longing for days long gone in which a believer felt an intimate time with God is very common for believers. This becomes very true during a trial in life. People want to go back to an old church, or a time when there seemed to be no challenges. They want to ‘feel’ God in their life.

Desiring God’s intimate relationship should be a high priority for every believer. However, that does not mean one is always on a high feeling that God is right there. It means that one is standing in faith that God is still there and is in control during a storm in life. It is holding on to faith in God.

Seek to have that intimate relationship with God at all times in your life. Make it your highest goal in life. That way when the trials of life come, you will remember that God is still with you, despite not feeling it.

Following and believing in God is more than just a feeling, but a matter of faith and the heart. It is knowing God is with you.

Take time every day and throughout each day to spend time with God. Build that intimate relationship with you. Read His word and spend time in prayer, talking to Him. God wants to spend time with you, are you spending time with Him?

I pray today that you will know personally know God; that your heart’s desire will be to be with God; that you will have an intimate relationship with God; and that you will know that God is with you at all times in life. 

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Job 17:11-12 The Light In The Darkness

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My days have passed, my plans are shattered. Yet the desires of my heart turn night into day; in the face of the darkness light is near. Job 17:11-12 

As night sets in, darkness fills the sky. Once it is fully night, there is very little light to see by. While it is dark, all hope appears to disappear and fade away. Yet, when dawn begins to show, light also begins to show. It starts out with just a little and then grows until it is full day again.

In the same way, there are storms that pass through an area, blocking out all light. It appears as the end of all hope and only danger is present. However, after a time, a small light begins to appear. That light is showing that there is an end to that storm, it is coming.

Job had looked back on his days and felt that all of his plans had been destroyed and that there was no real hope. Yet, he had a desire in his heart for better days. Holding onto that desire, kept him moving forward and in the dark he began to see a light. There was a hope of a better future ahead.

Believers will have days and times in life where all they see is a storm of troubles. Everything around them is dark and appears to be hopeless and that all is lost. Instead of looking outward, they must look into the heart and see the desires of their heart. That desire is to be with God through the saving grace of Jesus. It is the hope that one day He will return. It is the hope that one day all the troubles will end.

This gives a light in the middle of a storm in life. This is a hope that is there despite the shattered plans.

As you are going through struggles in life, hold onto that hope you have within you. See the light at the end of the tunnel. There will come a day when Jesus will return to take you with Him for eternity. There will come a day when God will turn the troubles around and fill your days His favor in full light.

Do not give up or lose hope in Christ Jesus during a storm. Know that it will come to an end at the right time. God is with you and will not leave you. Hold onto that light.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God; that you will have the desire to be with God; that you will see the light of God in the dark places; and that you will hold onto God during a storm.

Asking For Suggestions

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I have been working on writing this blog for several years now and am very pleased with the number of followers. I started off with just writing the daily devotional blog, going through the entire Bible, book by book, chapter by chapter.

Later I added in the Promise of God verses, Give Thanks verses and Memory verses to the blog. On and off throughout the time of doing this blog I have written about some personal experiences, books I have read, and movies I have seen.

The Lord has laid it upon my heart to expand it again in a new direction. I would like to do a specific study on some subject or topic and see what the Bible has to say.

I would like to ask all of my readers what topic they would like to have studied. Are there any questions you may have about the bible, the Christian faith, or just about anything else?

Talking about a topic may be a one time post or one over a series of posts, depending on what the topic is and how much it would take to cover it. I want to keep all of my posts about the same length, around 400-700 words or so. My daily devotional is usually about 400 words in length, to give you an idea of how long that would be. I do not want one post so long it takes forever to read it. If you are anything like me, you don’t have 20 minutes to read one blog.

Doing these topics would only occur as one blog per week and will not replace anything already done on a regular basis. I would probably release them on Monday mornings.

If you have anything you would like to hear about, please like this post and leave a comment below or click on the contact me button and send me a message. I will consider everything and may or may not do it, however, this can give me some inspiration as to what you, my readers, want to hear.

Thank you for your time, your reading, following, and any responses. Have blessed and wonderful day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 Chronicles 28:9 How To Not Get Rejected

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“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.” 1 Chronicles 28:9 

Rejection occurs a lot in this world. People want to do something or get something and they are rejected for one reason or another. Many people suffer greatly from being rejected because of circumstances outside of their own control or because of past choices made.

Getting rejected discourages many people from continuing to try. They want to give up and quit.

As David was nearing his death, he gave some last advice to Solomon, his son. He told Solomon to serve God with all of his heart and to always seek God. As he does these things, he will never be rejected.

While churches can be filled with people, not everyone in the church is seeking God with a whole heart. Many are divided in the heart on serving God, self and this world. They often want the best of both worlds, that of God’s and the world’s.

God can see into the heart of a person and understand what the person is saying or doing. Just going to church and saying a few words, does not make a person a true believer in God or one serving with the whole heart. Selfishness and jealousy often play a role in what a person does.

Serving God can easily be about saving self for self’s sake, rather than about love for God. People often feel that they cannot find what God wants of them. It is because they are not really seeking God with their whole heart. They only want to see or hear parts of God and His word.

When you seek God with all of your heart, you will find Him. He wants to be found. But if you choose to seek Him with only a part of your heart, you will not find Him and will be rejected.

Take time to dedicate everything in you to serve God. Seek His wisdom and direction for your life and don’t back down from it. As you do that, God will guide you and lead you. He will not reject you.

To choose this world, is to reject God. To reject God, is to be rejected for eternity. Don’t get rejected.

I pray today that you will seek God with all of your heart; that you will serve God with all of your life; that you will not be rejected by God; and that your life will be wholly devoted to God. 

1 Samuel 8:5 Wanting What The World Has

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They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 1 Samuel 8:5 

One thing common among most people is that they want what someone else has. If no one else really has an object, very few people will want that object. The thing will be questioned as to whether it is really good or not, worth it or not.

If no one has, no wants it because there ‘must’ be something wrong with it. If every one has it, then it must be worth it or it must be a needed thing to have.

Businesses play off of this mindset of people. They make advertisements that show that everyone has the product and that everyone else needs it to really live life to the fullest.

As Samuel was getting older, the people of Israel asked him for a king. They wanted to have a leader, just like all the other nations around them, to lead and guide them in how to live life and be a great nation.

Although the idea of changing leadership is not common for people or nations, there are other things that people want just because those around them have it. Groups of people are stating that others need to follow the examples of other nations or groups in allowing certain things to happen. Many of these things are against God.

Churches and believers are being pressured to be loving and kind in allowing people to live in open sin and yet still be a believer. This goes against God’s standards. Believers are called to be separate and holy, not like the world around them.

Following God will be different than what they world follows. This is for the individual, groups or even nations.

You must ask yourself why do you want some thing or to do some thing. Is it just because everyone else is doing it or has it? Or is it because God wants you to have it or do it?

Your life should be focused on serving and pleasing God and not be trying to fit in with the world. You are different, set apart to be holy unto God.

What you have is greater than anything the world can offer. What the world offers is death. God gives life and abundant life for all eternity.

What do you really want?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior and King; that you will find all your desires in God; that you will desire to serve and love God with your whole life; and that you will follow all the ways of God.