The path is narrow and I am wide!

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I’m right here Scott.

While driving to work this morning, I was thinking out loud and talking to God (thankfully I have tinted windows) and asked myself, where is God right now. I mean when I fast, study the bible and meditate I can sense His presence or sometimes at church I can tell He is there but while driving to work or under my car I really can’t tell if He is there or not. So, I am driving to work and I asked myself where was God. I stopped at the red light, looked beyond the street signs, beyond the power lines and into the sky as the sun starts to peep from behind the morning clouds and I realized God is always a constant, it is me that is relative. I travel through this life (often at a high rate of speed) and it seems that God is always moving but really it depends on my perspective. The sun is always shining behind the dark clouds of the day and beyond the shadow of dusk. I asked God where He was and He told me “I’m right here Scott”.

If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grave, you are there. If I rise with the sun in the east and settle in the west beyond the sea, even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me. -Psalm 139:8-10

Be still and know that I am God…

I have been swamped here lately. Either spending time with my girls, working on my truck or my latest web project. This whole time a verse has been resonating in my mind: “Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” -Psalm 46:10 I have always assumed this meant to stop what you are doing and make time to spend with the Lord in prayer and study… While this is needed to have a living relationship with the creator, the verse above has so much more meaning when I looked at the Hebrew text and the context of the verse. I learned that to “be still” means to surrender and be weak in the Hebrew text and used in context it is to surrender and know that God is in control!

When I surrender everything in my life and even the lives of my children, I am acknowledging that God has the power and that He knows exactly what I need as opposed to what I think is best. Jesus said it best: “your will be done” Matthew 6:9-13! God’s will not mine be done. If I am going to walk this road with Him, I better let Him take the lead, Lord knows every time I step up front, I end up down a dead end road and have to walk extra far to back track.

Time does fly by, the end gets nearer each day for all of us. I am learning that if I just be still and surrender everything to God, He will be the God He says He is and take care of all these small things I fret over. A wonderful side effect I am learning is He also gives a beautiful peace to me as a bonus!

Be blessed… did you know?

The Hebrew alphabet contains twenty two letters. The Hebrew language comes from God and each word is filled with meaning and insights to creation. David used each letter to start each verse from Psalm 25 below. The bible is alive and such a true joy to read. The bible will bring you closer to God by the power of the Holy Spirit! Don’t let a day go by without  being blessed from reading it. You have the time to watch that show, surly you can read a few verses each day after a few moments of quiet time in prayer with the Lord. Be blessed by David’s prayer below.

In you, Lord my God,
I put my trust.

I trust in you;
do not let me be put to shame,
nor let my enemies triumph over me.
No one who hopes in you
will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause.

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
for they are from of old.
Do not remember the sins of my youth
and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
for you, Lord, are good.

Good and upright is the Lord;
therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
He guides the humble in what is right
and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.

12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
for only he will release my feet from the snare.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
and how fiercely they hate me!

20 Guard my life and rescue me;
do not let me be put to shame,
for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.

22 Deliver Israel, O God,
from all their troubles!

Love Will Cost You

Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. — Psalm 37:24

If you are walking with Jesus as you ought to and have a great passion for Him, what kind of reaction should you expect from the world? Answer: persecution. That is because when you love someone, you will suffer as a result. When you love someone, if any harm comes to them, you hurt badly. When you love someone and they are taken from you, you mourn deeply. It is the result of love. Love will cost you.

C. S. Lewis wrote, “To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken.”

If you love God, you also will suffer as a result, because people will attack you for your love for Him. That is what happened with the church of Smyrna in the book of Revelation. Here is what Jesus’ had to say to this suffering church:

I know about your suffering and your poverty—but you are rich! I know the blasphemy of those opposing you. They say they are Jews, but they are not, because their synagogue belongs to Satan. Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life.
Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. Whoever is victorious will not be harmed by the second death. (Revelation 2:9–11)

This is the shortest of the seven messages Jesus gave to these churches, and it is interesting to note there are no critical words. Jesus simply commended and encouraged this church. And instead of destroying the church, persecution actually strengthened it.

Under Construction…

Don’t you just hate it when you are running a little late, jump in the car, fasten the seat belt and head out. You get a few miles down the road and slow to a crawl… You ease the clutch out and inch forward five feet only to repeat the process at least fifty more times. You look at the time and have been in the rolling parking lot for over twenty minutes now…

One thing I have to admit is before the construction starts I am the first to complain about the pot holes and messed up roads. Every time I try and dodge a pitfall I tell myself: “why don’t they fix these blasted roads?”.

After a few months pass, the construction is over and you take that first trip on the new road and have a tow-mater moment! It rides so smooth and so quiet, it is just a pleasant joy to drive! Imagine if you decided to take an alternate route and never went back to check out the new road!  Eventually the road does start to get the potholes again so the construction crew breaks out the cones again.

One certainty in this world is that we will face trials! Some people chose to take another path and run from God but we all live life wishing things were better and the path was smoother. When the time comes to improve our own lives not many embrace it with enthusiasm but after the Lord does His work in us if we allow it, our lives are new and so much better and we appreciate the new outlook and are filled with joy. If we don’t maintain that new relationship, our lives will eventually get bumpy again. It is no easy task in this fast paced society to stop, be quiet and wait for the Lord.

It is my prayer for both myself and you that we do not reject correction from the Lord but instead see the good works the Lord is doing and then maintain and hone a life filled to overflowing with the true joy and peace that goes beyond understanding.

“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord:  ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me:  ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” -Jeremiah 18:1-6