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Where Do You Look for Answers?

… You run to the armory… You inspect the breaks in the walls… You survey the houses for stone to strengthen the walls… You build a reservoir… But you never ask for help from the One who did all this. You never considered the One who planned this long ago.  Isaiah 22:8-11

The country of Judah was under attack from Assyria, but the inhabitants of Jerusalem did not fight with their fellow countryman. Instead, they enjoyed life in Jerusalem with parities and life as usual. But when the threat came to their homes, they began to arm themselves and fortify their defenses. They did everything possible except the one thing that could actually save them – ask God for help. They never considered His plan.

It’s easy to be consumed with ourselves. We all have responsibilities that we must attend to. We have bills to pay, children to feed, and personal battles to fight. And so we easily turn all of our attention upon ourselves; our needs, our wants, our desires. If Jerusalem had cared about their brothers and sisters under attack by Assyria and had fought with them, they would have been much better prepared for their own battle. One by-product of helping others is to receive the hands-on training to help ourselves! This is true because when we are helping others we seeking God’s will rather than their own pleasure. God leads us to love one another and help one another.

As I have begun my journey to better heart health, I realize that health is not about me. That is because life is not about me. It’s about God. He is the Creator, the Life-Giver, the Sustainer. He is my friend, companion, and my dad. And He is love. Therefore, love must be at the very foundation of a healthy life. My first response to any attack, whether it be physical or spiritual, must be to seek God’s wisdom, strength, and power. And this comes more naturally as I seek to live for others rather than myself.

When I keep my eyes on Jesus, He will not only initiate my faith, but perfect it (Hebrews 12:2). And when I live by the faith He continues to give me, I see with His eyes, touch with His hands, and go with His feet. With such an assurance, I know He will lead me to the right solutions and the best therapies as I serve others in His love. When I finally faced my health problems, it was tempting to first turn to solutions on the internet, or the doctor’s office, or the latest miracle cure.

I know the answers to life and health are discovered in a relationship with Jesus. So I ask for His help, and consider His plan for my life as I seek to serve others. This takes time each day. Time in His Word. Time listening to Him. Time emptying my mind of the distractions of this world and filling it with the attractions to His world.

What battles are you facing? Where will you seek your answers? 

Are You Listening?

But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.  Hosea 2:14

It seems as though Israel was in a constant state of rebellion as we read the Old Testament. They were constantly seeking the gods of the people all around them. For some reason they preferred to worship idols much of the time rather than the living God. I don’t know about you, but I can understand that. The idols may be different today, but the struggle is the same – will we worship God or the things of this earth?

I take comfort in the fact that God constantly takes me back to where I need to be, no matter how many times I stray from His side. That’s the point of Hosea. God never gives up on you and me. When He gets our attention, He often takes us back to the desert where He wrote His law on tablets of stone. We think of the law as being a set of rules. We don’t see the love there. But as we read in Hosea 2:14, God tenderly speaks to us in the desert, in His law.

Consider what God said when He gave the law to Israel, “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.” (Exodus 20:1)  That was not a promise, it was a reality. And it can be a reality for each one of us today. There may be nothing more comforting to know than this fact: God pursues you and loves you even when you are sinning. He wants to rescue you. So, what consumes your thoughts throughout the day? What do you fear? What is your addiction? What is the thing you struggle with most? The list is long. It includes things like money, power, position, recognition, attention, sex, to name just a few. 

Today, God promises to take you to the desert, to speak to you through His Word, through other people, through circumstances of life, and through the Holy Spirit. God never gives up on you. He is constantly wooing you, seeking you, calling you, desiring you, and inviting you to the wilderness with Him. It’s kind of like a date with that one special person in your life. God wants to be alone with you and speak to you tenderly. Are you listening? Will you accept His offer today to be alone with Him, away from the distractions of the world? Give yourself a chance to get away from your fears and listen to God. He has something amazing to tell you. It’s the same thing He told the Israelites in there desert place, “You must not have any other god before Me.” (Exodus 20:2) I want to take Him up on His offer. What about you?

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