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YOU GET WHAT YOU SEEK

Prov. 11:27 says… “He who diligently seeks good seeks favor, but he who searches after evil, it will come to him."  (ESV)

Have you ever played Hide and Seek with God? Sometimes I think that’s what He must think I’m doing in my life. Rather than focusing all my attention on Him and representing Him each day, I find myself reverting back to old habits and thoughts. God says that when we seek Him we will find Him. 

Check out this verse…

Acts 17:27 “that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us,”  (ESV)

Have you ever been in a dark place and felt like you’re so limited in what you can see and do. I woke up the other night and  started walking down the hall and walked right into the door. (I know what you're thinking,  “Why does this man not have a night light?”  I remember the many times I have gotten up without a light and stubbed my toe, and it really does hurt. (Cathy likes our room dark but loves me, and we now have a small night light in a closet two rooms away.) I think when we seek God and diligently seek His favor, it’s like waking up with the lights on, and we’re able to “feel our way along” and find our destination and find Him. Good advice even as we join the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

The second half of this verse in contrast mentions “he who searches after evil, it will come to him.”  Have you ever found yourself searching after evil. I know we don’t like to think of ourselves as actually doing that but have you ever allowed yourself to be drawn into something you know you should’t watch or dwell on, or thought about getting back at someone that has wronged you. Ouch! That path always leads us away from God, and it seems to be seeking us out. We have a real enemy, the Bible says, that is also seeking after us…

1Pet. 5:8 "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour."

Today as we seek God, seek good, and seek His favor, remember He promises to never leave us or forsake us, and He is the one who provides all the light we need! Let’s diligently seek good and seek God’s favor. It’s a much better way to play to the “game” of life. 

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WHY DID YOU EVER SEND ME?

Why did you ever send me?  Ex 5:22 

Ever ask that Question? Seems like those thoughts come over us when we are looking at our circumstances and taking our eyes off of what we know to be true and God is asking us to do. In Exodus chapters 3 and 4, God met with Moses on the mountain at the burning bush and called Moses to lead the people out of Egypt.  Moses finds himself as the new leader in chapter 5 in the midst of a discouraged group of people who feel God has not heard their prayers and things just keep getting worse for them.  Ever feel like that?

"Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery." (Ex 22)  Sometimes when we are under our circumstances and in the midst of suffering, we feel God is not there and just not listening. It’s easy sometimes to forget that God always keeps His promises and has a plan for us even when we can’t necessarily see how He plans to work things out.  Today you may find yourself in one of those tough spots feeling like an Israelite just stuck in a bad situation and feeling like you are up against a giant. Sometimes we need to look back into God’s past promises and answers and past prayers to find hope for the current prayers to be worked out in our lives today. 

Spend a few minutes today remembering some of the great promises from Scripture God has promised… Here’s just a few to get you started…

Josh. 21:45 Not one word of all the good promises that the LORD had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass”.

Psalm 119:105 “Thy Word Is a Lamp Unto My Feet and Light Unto My”

Hebrews 13:5  “I will never leave you nor forsake you”

Rom. 8:37 "No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 

Philippians 1:27 “Let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ”.

If God is for you and with you, though you did nothing to deserve or earn his promises, do everything you can to “live to make Him known” standing on His promises.  No matter what valleys you may feel you are temporarily living in or how dim your hope for a brighter future may be. His promises stand and are to be our strength, our focus, and our guiding light. 

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