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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2 Chronicles 25:4 Restoration

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Some time later Joash decided to restore the temple of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 24:4 

Over time things will wear down or break down. They lose their original shine and glory. The paint will crack and peel off from cars and houses. Holes and leaks will begin to occur.

Often these things occur because of neglect. No one takes the time to take care of the object enough to keep it in pristine condition. Little things start to show, but is often ignored, because it is just a ‘little thing’ and not an emergency.

When mold begins to show up in a house it starts with just a little spot. If ignored, it will continue to grow until it takes over the entire house and it has to be demolished.

There are people who love to restore old things. Many old cars, that are broken down and rusted out, are taken from a field and restored back to its original condition. It takes a lot of work and time, but in the end is worth it to some people.

Joash had become king of Judah at a very young age. When he had become king, the temple had been ignored for years and had broken down. He chose to restore the temple and restore worship of God in the land.

When a person chooses to follow Jesus, God begins a restoration project. The person is being made brand new to what he was meant to be. Restored to what man was before the fall in the Garden of Eden.

While walking through life, some believers back down from the restoration and allow neglect to come. They neglect spending time with God, serving and worshipping Him. They go back to the world in areas of their life.

This is a time for restoration, to get back with God.

There may be some areas in your life that you have neglected in your walk with God. You have allowed the ways and thoughts of this world to creep in and begin to destroy your heart and life.

Take a moment to give those areas to God. Allow God to begin a restoration process to renew you to the new creation you have been created to be. God knows exactly how to restore your life to one that is wholly devoted to Him.

As long as you have breath to breathe, you have time to restore immediately. Don’t put off restoration until it is too late.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to make changes in your life; that God will restore your relationship with Him; and that your whole life will be a testimony of God’s love and power. 

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2 Chronicles 15:2 Seek And Find

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He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2 

Seeking someone out can be challenging. People move and travel all over the world. Once one loses contact with someone and they have moved, finding them again is often very difficult.

It can get even more difficult if the person does not want to be found. Over the years there have been wealthy people who have hidden for a time, not wanting to be found. Although with the internet, it is easier to find someone, it is still very difficult.

Asa had become king of Judah and led the people back to God. Azariah, a prophet, came to him and told him that if he seeks God, He will be found. He also said that as long as he was with God, God would be with him.

People like to have certain people around all the time. They do not like to be separated for anything, but separation does occur. Life happens and things change. God does not change or move.

While many people try to claim that God is not real, He is real. He cannot be found, unless one is seeking Him out. Unlike many people, God does want to be found by every person. God desires to have a close relationship with every person on the earth, regardless of one’s past.

Having that relationship is the reason why Jesus came to earth and died upon the cross. He made it able to cleanse a person of sin, so that he could be in the presence of God.

Just as with Asa, God is not hiding from you. He is right there next to you waiting for you to seek Him out. He will not force Himself upon you, but will wait for you to want Him. As soon as you begin seeking for Him, He will allow Himself to be found.

This opens the door to a great relationship that will last for eternity. Once you find Him, God will not leave you or forsake you. Only you can leave the relationship, God won’t leave it.

Take time today to seek God out. Make Him a part of every moment of every day.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will continually seek for God; and that you will never forsake God. 

John 18:34 Who Is Jesus To You

“Is that your own idea, Jesus asked, or did others talk to you about me?” John 18:34

Jesus had been arrested and was brought before Pilate for trial. Pilate did not really want anything to do with Jesus. One of the first things Pilate asks Jesus is if He really is the king of the Jews. Jesus asks him if that was his own idea or from someone else.

Jesus was very popular at this time. People everywhere knew about Him. Many knew Him, or of Him, because of the miracles He had been doing. Many also saw Him as the new king of the Jews.

They remembered the prophecies of the prophets that God would send one to be king and rule over them. While many loved Jesus, there were also many that did not like Him. He was changing their ways of living. Either way a person thought of Jesus, there was lots of talk about it. It was not stated in complete secrecy.

Even today, many people may talk about Jesus. Children are sometimes raised in a Christian home, being told to believe in Jesus. When children get older, often they leave the church, because church was something their parents did, and it was not for them. Believing in Jesus is something the parents believed. The children do not have that belief in their heart. They have not experienced the personal relationship with Jesus.

Who is Jesus to you today? Is He just the One you worship and talk about on Sundays? Is He just the One your friends or spouse believes in? Or is He your personal Savior, and Lord, ruler of your life?

Too many people have all of their belief in Jesus just based off of what others say. You need to have a direct relationship with Him. You need direct realization for yourself as to who He really is in your life.

Are your beliefs in Jesus your own? Or are they just what others have told you? Have you seen the miracles of Jesus in your own life? Or just in the lives of others? Is Jesus your personal Savior today?

I pray today that you will see Jesus for who He really is; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; and that you will tell others of what you know of Jesus.

Mark 12:34 Not Far But Still Away

“When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’ And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.” Mark 12:34

One of the teachers of the law came up to Jesus and asked Him what was the greatest commandment. Jesus answered the first is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor.

The teacher was pleased and agreed with Jesus. He even states that these things are more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices. It is at this point Jesus states that he is not far from the kingdom of God.

Notice that the teacher of the law knew all the right words. He knew what was the most important commandments. Yet, despite knowing all this “good” information, he was still not in the kingdom of God. He was not far, but He was still outside, away from the kingdom of God.

Many people today know all the good things of God. People will tell you that you are to love God and your neighbors, and to not sin. Yet, their hearts are not in a relationship with God. They do not have a daily relationship with Jesus.

Outside of trusting in Jesus for your salvation and following Him, you will not get into the kingdom of heaven. Going to church and speaking all the good words will not get you into heaven. Even reading the Bible everyday will not get you into heaven.

Only trusting in Jesus for your salvation and following Him will get you into heaven. If you love God, you will obey Him. You will want to obey His laws, not because they are the laws or to keep from getting into trouble, but because of your love for Him.

Are you “not far” from the kingdom of God? Or are you in the kingdom of God? Where is your relationship with Jesus today?

Are you just speaking the right words? Or are you in a relationship with God?

Are you just going through the motions? Or are you living the life God has for you?

Get into the kingdom of God today. Trust in Jesus for your salvation and build your relationship with Him.

I pray today that God will draw you closer to Him; that you will be on a close relationship with Jesus; that you will live the life God has for you; that you will be in the kingdom of heaven; and that you will love God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Hebrews 10:22 Get Close to God

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22

We are encouraged to “draw near to God”. What does this mean? Drawing near to someone is to get close to that person. This is talking about being closer than just being physically close. Most people work around many other people in the workplace and yet are never “close” to most of those co-workers. This closeness is to get to know that person. We are to get to know the heart of God. What does God like? What does He hate? What does He desire? How does He feel about different things? All these questions cannot be answered unless you are close to God.

Along with getting close to God it must also be done with a sincere heart. This is coming to God to really want to be close to Him and follow Him. Often people come to God just to get out of a bad situation, not to serve and love Him. Others come to God only to keep from going to hell. We must come to God wanting to be near Him because He loves us and we love Him. As it has already been shown, God loves us and is here for us and for our best interests. Our interests are not always the best thing for ourselves. We must trust God to lead correctly and know fully in our hearts that He will do so.

The reason we can approach God in this manner is that because of the death and resurrection of Jesus our sins have been wiped out. No longer is there a guilty conscience condemning us to death…we have been forgiven. Satan will try to get you to think differently, reminding you of past sins. We are a new creation, a holy people.

Today get close to God. Throughout the day spend time in prayer to God. Spend time worshipping God all day. Read His Word and meditate on it. Study the Bible to find out what God has to say. Get to know God on a personal basis. Work to know God like you know the back of your hand.

I pray that today God will draw you closer to Himself; that God will reveal more of Himself to you; that God will help you to have a sincere heart; that God will help you to see that He has forgiven you of all sins; and that God will help you to be more like Jesus each day.