Where do we Go?


English: TO DISCOVER THE TRUTH AND FIGHT FOR T...

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I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

Where do you go when you need help?

“Well,” you might say,”that is a pretty open-ended question.”

It all depends on what kind of help you are looking for, correct?

If I am wanting to build a house, I would go to a building contractor, or at least someone who had successfully built a house before.

If I want to plant a garden, where do I go? I would go to a green house, or to a home improvement store where I could ask questions and buy supplies.

Any project we are looking to embark upon would be best started only after consulting the right people, obtaining the knowledge needed to make wise decisions, and then securing the needed supplies to finish the project successfully.

Why then do we so often jump off into life without first taking the time to prepare?

My husband and I have a dream of building/buying a new home some day. We have been praying about it and exploring our options. Yesterday, we made the decision to go look at some houses and ask some questions. It did not take us long to realize that we had jumped the gun just a bit.

What started out as an adventure to find a home, soon turned into a multitude of questions for which we had no answers, and more information than one mind could possibly absorb in one evening.

As we started home, I wearily looked at my husband and said, “We need to keep praying,” to which he humbly agreed.

Too many times in life, we are so eager to get something done that we forget to properly prepare.

As I think back on the events that unfolded Yesterday, I am reminded of Solomon. Here was a young man who suddenly finds himself  in a position for which he realizes he is not qualified.  Solomon cried out to God for wisdom and God honored that prayer. (1 Kings 3)

When we find ourselves faced with a situation that we do not understand, or feel we are not properly equipped for, the first thing we should do is cry out to God. Sadly, many times we leave this step out and carelessly wonder in our own ignorance for some time. Only after we have exhausted all our energy do we seek God’s guidance and wisdom.

I want to encourage you today with what I feel God has been speaking to me. When you face tough decisions, seek God first. There is no shame is saying, “I need to pray about this.” Go to God, cry out as Solomon did, and seek the wisdom that can only come from our Heavenly Father. Then, when you have been filled with God’s wisdom, when you have the knowledge you need to make a wise decision, go forward. Move forward, however, only after you are sure that you are following God’s will and not the desires of your own heart or the desires of men.

God will bless those who seek Him first. The Bible tells us:

” But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,

thou shalt find him,

if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.”

Deuteronomy 4:29″

I pray you find encouragement in these Scriptures this morning.

“God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him.”

Jim Elliot

Motivational Monday: What are you Looking For?


 “Ask, and it will be given to you;matthew7

seek, and you will find;

knock, and it will be opened to you.

  For everyone who asks receives,

and the one who seeks finds,

and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”

Matthew 7: 7-8

Do you remember when you were a kid and you would go outside to play with your friends? Did you ever play a game called hide-and-go-seek?

We played that game all the time when we were younger. I have to admit, I was never any good at it. I always seemed to be picked as the “seeker.” I was not very good at finding whomever I was looking for. Although, I must admit I never really was good at hiding either. I was always the one who would “run for home” before I was even found.

I am so thankful that the God we serve is not like that. I am so glad that when we seek God it is not through a game of hide-and-go-seek. God does not hide from us. He does not sit back and see how long it will take us to find Him. God makes Himself available to whomever will seek Him with their whole heart. (Psalm 119:2)

Are you searching for something today? Have you found yourself in need of a touch from God? I want to encourage you today to seek Him out.  Isaiah 55:6 says:

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.”

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God will not hide from you. He will not sit back and snicker as we did when we were kids, waiting on someone to come find us. However, God is a gentleman. He will not push, He will not force His way in. God wants us to come to Him out of a humble heart. He wants us to seek Him, and then He will make His will known unto us.

We need to seek God every day. Without God’s will being done in our lives, we are left wandering around just as we did as little children playing hide-and-go-seek.

Did you ever have a parent point you in the direction of another child that was hiding? Go ahead and admit it, that was half of the fun of playing the game. That is what God’s will is like in our lives. It is a road map for His children. It tells you how to find what you are seeking. It tells us how to get where we are going.

I am so grateful for a God that loves me so much that He will guide me. I am thankful today that God shows me His will if I will seek it out. I need that in my life every day. I know that I am no good at traveling this journey alone. Too many times I have ventured out on my own, only to find myself lost in a dry and barren desert.

None of us can make it through this life by ourselves. You may think for a time that you are doing alright on your own, but you will never be able to fully enjoy all the blessings that God has for His children until you learn to seek Him and His will for you life first. Matthew 6:33 tells us:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God,

and his righteousness;

and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Be encouraged today. Seek God and His will for your life first, then you will be able to enjoy all the many blessings that God has planned for you. If we as loving parents want what is best for our children, how much more does our Heavenly Father want to give us all the many blessings He has waiting for us.

Seek out God today, I promise that you will never be sorry you did.