Thursday, May 25, 2006

Seeking Him Daily

Matthew 28:5
I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.

As Mary looked into the tomb she saw "two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where Jesus had lain" (John 20:12). Then one of the angels who was sitting outside the tomb proclaimed the greatest message the world has ever heard: "He is not here; for He has risen" (Matthew 28:6).

Billy Graham writes: "Those few words changed the history of the universe. Darkness and despair died; hope and anticipation were born in the hearts of men. With those few words joy and new life now dawn in the hearts of all who believe. Don't leave Jesus in the manger... or on the Cross... or in the tomb. He is alive, and even now He wants to walk beside you every day."

I know that you seek Jesus. If you seek Peace, Rest, Comfort, Love, Hope, Help, Mercy, Strength, Healing - you seek Jesus.

But do you take the steps to seek Him daily?

My family used to have this tradition of going "visiting" on Sundays. We'd visit extended family members, people in nursing homes, you name it - we visited on Sundays. Now we're more likely to visit with each other on Sundays - you can usually find us at McDonalds in Lewisburg where the kids play and we sit and well, visit. You're welcome to come visit us!

Do you save your visiting with Jesus on Sundays? It is too easy for us to do this. I mean, come on, there are only so many hours in a day. We do our morning routines, get kids off to school, get to work, work, check email, drive home, do our evening activities, dinner, wind down time, bed. How can we possibly squeeze time with God in there? Daily?

It is difficult, I will admit it. But we ask so much of God. Please God, help me find a job. Please God, give me strength. Please God, help me financially. Please God, take away this affliction. Please God, heal Bob's brain tumor. Please God, don't let my kids embarrass me when we go out for dinner tonight. Please God, Please God, Please God....

What if we turned those "Please God(s)" into action verbs? How can WE "Please God"?

One of the best ways I have found is to visit with God every day. Since I am so addicted to this laptop computer and all of my friends communicate with me through email, one of the first things I do in the morning is make my coffee or tea, flip on Disney Channel for Zoe and pick the computer up. I flip open my Devotional, or sometimes just my Bible, and I make time for Him. Sometimes I feel a certain message touch me and I choose to share it with you through this blog. Sometimes, the message sticks with me and I rest on it, or examine it in my mind as I go throughout my day. Sometimes my wind down time produces another opportunity to share my examination of the morning's verse with you, sometimes not, but I've committed this much to God. It's not much, but it transforms me daily. Every day I am blessed with a verse directly from the Word of God which has the power to change me and I am given the opportunity to share this message with you.

Jesus wants to visit with you daily. He wants to be first in your life. We want and want, but what can we GIVE to the ONLY ONE who is worthy, but our time and attention?

When we give Him this time and attention, He can and WILL guide our lives. I KNOW you're seeking. We're ALL seeking.

Please God!

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