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"There When You Need Him… and Even When You Don't"

Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." 

Psalm 50:15 

Can you recall the last time you really needed God; I mean you REALLY needed God? Often times, maybe more than we would care to admit we fail to recognize our need for God. As long as our lives are agreeable to us, meaning they are going somewhat in the direction we had hoped or planned we don't really see a need for help. We all have a tendency to want to be in control of our lives as long as the choices we make are producing the results we hoped for. 

Often times, we recognize our need for Jesus only when the bottom falls out, when the results we had hoped for go unrealized, or our hopes and dreams are shattered by some circumstance or event. Oh how I wish it weren't so but I know it is many times, at least when it concerns me. It was Saint Augustine who once said, "God wants to give us something, but cannot because our hands are full". It has also been said, "God only pours His grace into empty vessels". How true. 

Know this today, loved one. God is always there for us when we need Him to be and He is there even when we (think) we don't. When we finally get to the end of our rope as it were and we look to God He graciously receives us to Himself. C.S. Lewis wrote in his book "The Problem of Pain", "If God were proud He would hardly have us on such terms: but He is not proud, He stoops to conquer, He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him, and come to Him because there is nothing better now to be had." We serve an amazing God, loved one, who patiently, graciously, and with long-suffering loving waits for us to turn our hearts over to Him. Don't wait until you have heartache to turn your heart over to the Lord. Do it now, do it today. 

Yes, friend, Jesus receives us when we come with our happy heart as well as with our broken heart but what God desires most is that we enjoy unbroken fellowship with Him and that we not wait until our pain drives us to Him. That's what it means to abide in His love. Reading in the book of Numbers I see again that God loves to lead His children around the pitfalls of life and straight into the Promised Land. For the children of Israel it was a land flowing with milk and honey, for you and me as followers of Christ, it is an abundant filled life being led by the Spirit of God. Both were meant to be enjoyed daily walking with God! 

The life of faith is one that says "I trust you Jesus" to lead me and guide me through my day and not just on Sunday. Following Jesus will keep us on our knees daily, recognizing our need for Him in this chaotic world in which we live. But more importantly, we will come to know Jesus in such a profound way because His Word tells us something I pray you consider with all your heart today, and that is, "in His presence is the fullness of joy." 

Not just joy, loved one, but the fullness of joy. Why would we look anywhere else when all our hearts desires can be satisfied in Jesus! Come to Jesus and discover this for yourself. Walk with God today, loved one, and taste and see for yourself that the Lord is GOOD! 

"You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you; And My people shall never be put to shame." 

Joel 2:26 


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