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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

God knows.  Many times in my past, I've wondered if I was where I was supposed to be.  Was I in the right town, the right home, the right job?  Not constantly of course, because of my Faith in our Father.  But I would have these fleeting thoughts from time to time.  This caused anxiety, worry and ultimately caused needless wondering to occur.  Every single time, as many of you know as I'm not the only one that has been in this spot, it has turned us away from God.  Away from His Comfort.  Away from His Love.  Away from His Peace.  Away from Our Father.  Away from the Holy Spirit.  Away from Jesus.  As I type these loving Holy Words, I feel a warmth just feeling the Love of Christ.  You see, no matter where we are, it doesn't matter.  He knows.  He always knows.  We may think we took a wrong turn but He meets us where we are.  He can turn it around and make it right.  Once we repent and turn around and walk towards Him, He will make it right.  I've heard those say that "God left me."  God is standing right next to us the whole time.  He never leaves or forsakes us.  The verse in Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you."   Many times people feel that way, that Our Father has abandoned us, but He is right beside us the entire way.  He is waiting with outstretched arms for us to reach out.  It is us that doesn't reach out to our God.  Our pride keeps us from calling out in times of need.  I think it is our need for control or our thoughts that say "I can handle this on my own" or "I've got this" that keeps us from leaning on Him.   Johnathan Ellison at Crosspointe Community Church in Tyler Texas speaks of sheep and donkeys when he says that we are God's sheep.  He says that sheep are to lay down and donkey can carry loads for miles.  God wants us to lay down our burdens which is why He calls us His Sheep and not His Donkey.  I thought that was so telling of His people.  So many times, we want to control situations when He is in control of everything and we just have to lean on Him for all of our needs.  In the Bible, Matthew 6:26-33, Jesus talks about worrying past today; "so why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown in the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not worry, saying,'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' for after all these things the Gentiles seek.  For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things."   Put God first in all things.  Morning, Day, Evening, Night.  TV.  Gaming.  Always.  Not just Sundays.  (Yes, I was a Sunday time puncher)  God knows.  God knows that when you leave church, you turn into your old selves.  God knows that when you leave church, you continue to walk His walk 24/7 and witness to others and you are His Light!

Which one are you?