Matthew 7:7-8 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened."
It's amazing how we can get so easily caught up in the circumstances of our lives. Life, kids, work, loss; I could go on and on. It's like sometimes they just consume every part of our being. Often at times leaving us frozen in a state of despair; feeling lost and alone.
One of my son's has been battleing a sitituation for quite sometime now. He has good days and he has bad days. And as his momma, I rejoice on the good days and I am saddened on his bad days. (As with any of my children)
This morning after church, he sent me a text message stating that he didn't understand why it had to be this way. He said that church had been good but now he has to face the "moments in-between". The moments that, if he's not careful, will bring him down even more. The long evenings after he gets home from work when thoughts, feelings of discouragement, and depression start knocking on the door of his heart and mind. Those moments. Those long, dreadful moments. He wrote that it will be hard until he goes back to church on Wednesday. His next time to be filled Spiritually and to "feel" God's love. He is living for his church time.
As I thought about this, I was thankful that he looks forward to going to church. Being in a community of believers brings so much encouragement and is very crucial in the growth of a believer. However, at the same time I was saddened by the fact that, in that moment, he felt he had to go to church to feel God's Love, peace, and presence. Because my son knows better. He's fought those moments before and has won; and he will win again. However, this morning he was weak; he needed reassurance.
We are told many times in the bible that God is with us wherever we are and wherever we go. Even in the deepest, darkest, places in our lives; our wonderful Heavenly Father will be there with us. In the book of John chapter 17, we find Jesus praying for all believers. (Jesus prayed for YOU!) Jesus states in verse 26b, "....that the love you have for me may be in them(us) and that I myself may be in them(us)." We have the love of God right INSIDE us! We don't have to go anywhere to find it. If you've accepted Him into your life as Lord and Savior, you already have His love within you. Isn't that amazing?
However, like this morning for my son, there are times when it's hard to feel it. It's hard to see it. It's hard to find it. Although mindfully we know that God is with us, loneliness can be a very real thing if we allow. And, the enemy knows it. We are told in 1 Peter 5:8 "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." He is waiting for those "moments in-between".
That is when we must pick up our sword, the living word of God, and attack with truth. Go back to the truth. We are told in the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 13 that if we seek Him with our whole heart we WILL find Him.
As I was texting back and forth with my son, trying to encourage him, a message popped up from a guy at his church. It was a message of encouragement; telling him to stay strong. During my son's moment of weakness, his wonderful Heavenly Father sent encouragement through a friend. As my son was seeking, God was working.
Do you feel alone today? Do you feel lost, discouraged, hopeless, or empty? My friends, you don't have to be "in church" to find God. He is all around; waiting for you. Waiting for you to find Him. Are you seeking Him?
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