Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Today’s Topic: He Is Near
Today’s Text: Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
Busy doesn’t begin to describe what life is like right now. The activity of church life and personal life has captured not only every spare moment of time but also every resource of human strength. I fell asleep last night on the couch at 7:30!
Add to that the number of great people who are passionate about using their gifts to serve Jesus and are inviting me into their ministries, and I’m overwhelmed. I hope they understand when I have to say no and that it’s not a statement of disinterest in or non-support of what they are doing. God has connected all of us in the Body of Christ, the church, with unique passions and gifts and when we are all doing our part it brings glory to Him. We don’t all do the same things, but we are all connected and growing into the stature of the fullness of Christ.
This morning the Lord helped me to understand my specific need right now by leading me to several verses that helped me re-focus my heart and mind on His purpose for my life and how to handle all the activity that surrounds me.
Psalm 34:18 — The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Psalm 46:1 — God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
James 4:8 — Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 — Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Psalm 145:18 – The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
I discovered that I was doing most of this in my own strength, exhausting myself with a to-do list and ignoring my time with Jesus. I was more concerned about working for Him than resting in Him. As a result, I began to see people who were demanding things from me as “pains” rather than “partners.” I began to focus on the external negatives of their behavior rather than the humble condition of their heart. I formed opinions about their motives. I began to blame myself for not having more energy or more time to do what they wanted. I began to believe the lie of the Enemy that I was no longer spiritual enough because I didn’t do everything they needed.
Then this morning I fell into the arms of Jesus and rested. He assured me that I was right where He needed me to be so that His grace could take over. He assured me that I am just one small piece of His body the church and that not everyone is called to be passionate about the same thing, except to love Him and love others. I knew I was not focused on love, but on labor, and He assured me that He wasn’t. He loves me. He will use me if I love Him. That’s all I need to know.
Charles Wesley wrote,
Be Thou, O Rock of Ages, nigh!
So shall each murmuring thought be gone;
And grief and fear and care shall fly,
As clouds before the mid-day sun.
Jesus spoke to me through these words in a devotional this morning:
Take courage. Often turn to the Lord, who is watching you, poor frail little being as you are, amid your labors and distractions. He enables you to bear your troubles patiently and gently, for love of Him who only allows you to be tried for your own good. Raise your heart continually to God, seek His aid, and let the foundation stone of your consolation be your happiness in being His. All trouble and annoyances will be comparatively unimportant while you know that you have such a Friend, such a Stay, such a Refuge.