Twenty Inches From Bliss

“The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”

Psalm 145:18  

I am so excited today to be able to tell some of you and remind others of you that everything you could ever want or need in this life is no more than twenty inches away from you at any given moment in time. Just ask my dog, Chloe. My dog loves the fact that I am home with her almost 24/7 during this isolation period while the citizens across these United States band together to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Chloe walks around the house most of the day with a ball in her mouth while pushing another one with her nose or paws just waiting for me to throw it for her on the golf course behind our home. Literally acres of grass and trees for her to explore are just on the other side of our backyard fence.

Eventually all her play toys end up underneath the furniture so that numerous times throughout the day I find myself stretched out on the floor reaching for a ball or toy that is just beyond my reach under our furniture. I can try twisting and contorting myself into all kinds of positions to get my hands on them only to end up frustrated that my arm is just too short. Have you ever reached for something that was just outside your reach and no matter what you did you found yourself just inches away? The worst instances are those things that you can actually see and touch with the tip of your finger but you can’t get a grip on it to take hold of it. When that happens I usually just lay on the floor feeling defeated looking for something close by that can extend my reach.  

I have discovered myself that at times it feels like answered prayers are out of reach. You do what the bible says in asking and seeking and knocking but when all is said and done you just feel like the things you pray for are just beyond your reach so you give up. My arm and your arm might be too short but not God’s. Are you aware today that God Himself is close by and that nothing in this universe is beyond His reach. That’s so important to know in these days of the coronavirus. In the book of Isaiah it says that, “God’s arm is not too short that He cannot save.” Thats so good to know when you find that that the things you are praying and reaching out to God for in prayer are just beyond your grasp, say like twenty inches away.  

Twenty inches away represents two things this morning. First, twenty inches is about the distance between your head and your heart. The Bible teaches us that our sins have separated us from God and the only way we are capable of laying hold of Him is when we do so in both our head and in our heart. Romans 10:8-11 puts it like this, “But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Salvation you could say is never more than twenty inches away. The Christian faith isn’t based upon faith but on facts. The apostle Paul laid the facts of our faith that we believe in our heart in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

Secondly, twenty inches represents the distance from your knee to the ground. Just think today, loved one, that the storehouse of heaven that is filled with the requests to our prayers is packed overflowing, just waiting for you and me to bow our knee before God and let our requests be known. 1 John 5:14-15, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” The gospel of Mark reminds us, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24). Psalm 107:28-30 echo’s the same hope, “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, So that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; So He guides them to their desired haven.”

Yes, loved one, health, hope, and heaven are never more than twenty inches away. So, lets pray and believe and bow our knee to the God of heaven who hears us, loves us and promises us that He will meet all our needs, not our wants but needs…

 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ”

Ephesians 1:3


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Michael Osthimer

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