While studying the Bible Lesson yesterday about the rich young ruler, it occurred to me that Jesus was telling him to give up his old false cherished beliefs and listen for God’s message. When sharing this with a friend, he remarked that he thought not because he thought it was about not obeying God. After our conversation, I realized there is no right or wrong answer when we humbly ask God for inspiration. Next time I read it, something totally different may be revealed to me. Genesis 3:8-9 states “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they his from the Lord God among the trees of the garden, but the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’.”
Then a light came on in my thinking that I am fine wherever I am. God is right here!
John 11:44 states “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” While pondering this verse, it is revealed to me that often times I see others as they were years ago or think of something they had said or done. Certainly, I would want others to release certain things of my years-ago past. Today, I will be conscious of my thinking of others and refute thoughts that may not show myself or others in light! God sees us as His beloved children and I choose to do the same! In doing so, I let only light and love in.
Two years ago today, an old classmate of mine reached out on social media for prayer for her son who was stranded in a snow storm out on a highway in New Mexico in a broken down car. Immediately, I began to pray knowing man could never, ever be separated from God because He is ever-present. Continuing to pray, I could feel God’s arms around this young man I had never met. The next morning, his mother shared that a truck driver spotted his broken down car in the snow storm and was able to help push him to a service station up the road.
Of course, the station was a “Love” service station. I decided I needed to write about this and I have been sharing this blog since. There are some days that I do not write, but certainly not because God is not here and 2 Samuel 22:29 comes to mind as it states “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”
If we would faithfully realize every day that the omnipresence of Love fills the whole universe, the consciousness of the healing, saving power of that Love will reach and bless all who reach out to God in their extremity. Lonely hearts will become conscious of His infinite Presence. Those afraid will feel the touch of this Love and be comforted.
The light of the Christ will dispel the darkness of fear and pain, and His voice will declare, “Lo, I am with you always, you are never alone.”
Numbers 6:25-26 states “The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” This prayer is for the world.
Recently I read in an article a story about someone who posted a silhouette on facebook and urged everyone to tell what they saw. After studying this for sometime, there were those asking “could it be a flower, an insect or a dragon?” Finally, the trick was to focus on the light and a face came into view and from then on, that’s all you saw!
Couldn’t we apply this is our life as we are searching for answers? We certainly cannot find them in the dark. When the light is on in our thinking, we can see with such clarity. Malachi 3:10 comes to thought saying, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Food to me represents Light and understanding! With the help of God, I will stay in the Light today.
God’s light is always shining! When our light is bright, sometimes we don’t recognize it as God’s light. In the darkness, His light is still shining and when we let it, it overpowers the darkness. It Never goes out! John 1:4-5 reads, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Today, I will accept God’s Love totally. I will be careful to avoid living as the Pharisees, who got so wrapped up in rules on how to live Christian lives, they lost sight of God. Man-made rules lead to bondage and enslave many. Today, I will “Cease striving and know that I am God.” Psalms 46:10
Ephesians 5:8-10 states, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.”