Sunday, February 22, 2015
I did! I really snoozed instead of writing down a thought for a blog – now all I can remember is that I had a great thought for a blog, decided I could remember it overnight and didn’t get up to make a note. I even thought of it again when I was driving and couldn’t make a note. It is bugging me, because I believe it could have filled this page.
Now, I’m stuck. I’ve spent more time trying to remember what it was that seemed so good than looking for something that might even be better! That, of course reminds me of a couple of Bible verses:
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. (1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV)
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14 KJV)
Mark = goal = focus on where we’re headed, not where we’ve been. Oh, yes, we can learn from the past, but we don’t live in it. What we want is ahead of us, we move toward our goals, not away or backward or elsewhere. For we as Christians, achieving that mark offers a prize that is described in several Bible verses about God’s calling. It’s the one race where everyone can win, but not everyone tries.
In Hebrews is the wonderful chapter 11 on faith, describing many who did respond to God’s message. Chapter 12 continues with what our race has to do with faith and why Jesus is involved:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV)
One truth applies to us in so many ways, it we snooze, we do lose – in education, employment, relationships, and the list grows. Try snoozing through classes and we would be repeating a school year. Do it during working hours and we would be looking for a new job. Too often we do it during our relationship with God, expecting Him to pick up the slack, then wonder why we aren’t receiving blessings.
We are supposed to be looking for Him, even though He came to us:
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. (Luke 19:10 KJV)
We are told more often than not to seek Him:
And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalms 9:10 KJV)
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: (Isaiah 55:6 KJV)
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. (1 Chronicles 16:10-11 KJV)
Many did not seek Him and could be described as Rehoboam:
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. (2 Chronicles 12:14 KJV)
May I suggest that the best way to prepare our hearts is in His word? That’s where I spent the last few minutes, seeking to know my Lord even better.