Tuesday, December 8, 2015

call to me and I will answer you

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Call upon the Lord.  Sometimes I forget this.  Sometimes I suffer unnecessarily before finally realizing that I am incapable of fixing everything.  Understanding that my way isn't always the right solution.  Unfortunately, my standard default is to think I know everything... or that I can come up with all the correct answers.  Sure, I can figure this whole life thing out on my own.  NOT!  Alone, what do I know about life except to complicate it?!

But God... ah, God knows me better than I even know myself.  He created me.  He knows how many crazy, curly blonde hairs sit atop my head.  He knows my comings and goings.  He knows exactly when I am walking in and out of His will... when I am wasting my time with distractions that do not glorify Him, and when I am loving Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength.  Yes, God knows everything.  Even things I do not.

So why not call upon Him?
Why assume that my independence can somehow surpass His greatness?  What foolishness!!!  Especially when He promises to bring new things, new solutions, new ways to the forefront.
Why not go to God first?  Why not call on Him for direction?  Why not?

You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it?  From this time forth I announce to you new things, hidden things that you have not known. (Isaiah 48:6)

Friends, the daily dialog of prayer with the Creator of all things is vital for every Christian to flourish and live fully.  Yes, we need to hear and know our Master's life-giving Word... but application to "do" is equally important.  We must communicate!  We must make the effort to speak with Him.  We must allow our Redeemer the glory and honor to answer us with His unfathomable grace.  We must see and declare every wonder, every blessing, every miracle, every truth our King delivers to us in real time.  We must live our testimony out every hour rather than hole up in stifling selfishness.  Simply... our way does not work.  But His Way is transforming!

I cannot overestimate how vital our calling to the Lord in prayer is.  In fact, daily communication with God is as important as learning His Word inside and out.  Without such dialog, we are unable to share and relate with God.  (And there is no relationship more important than His.)  So, today I encourage you to take time out to call to Him.  God wants us to call to Him so that He can answer our prayers. He wants us to share our lives with Him so that He can bring to us His incredible blessings that we might otherwise have missed. James 4:8 tells us to “draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” God wants us to be close to Him always, folks.  God wants us to acknowledge Him in worship and be thankful to Him for all He provides.  God wants us to confess and repent our sins to Him so that He can further teach and guide us into His holiness.  God wants us to obediently acknowledge Who is really in control of this life we are living.

God is sovereign. Nothing happens without His knowing about it.  As such, He deserves our full attention, our only worship, our complete and consistent praise... our words, thoughts, deeds... our everything!

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. (1 Chronicles 29:11)

Let me encourage you to acknowledge Him each and every day.  His proper place in our lives is FIRST!  His authority is FIRST!  His Way is FIRST!  So, humbly, reverently, and regularly call to your King.  He will answer.  He will bless.  He will lead you and restore your weary soul.

What a marvelous privilege to be given the freedom to call upon the King.  To have a real relationship with the One.  To live with the honor and know the friendship that brings us into actual speaking terms with the great I AM.  Do not take such a blessing for granted.  Build your relationship with the Lord always.  Talk with Him regularly.  Unite yourself to Him in all things.  Draw near and allow Him to show you true life!



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