Reading Psalms, I like to think that I can relate to David in a way. My life seems to be a roller coaster of emotions. Like David, he’s down in the dumps and the next chapter praising God for Who He is and what He has done, to crying out in desperation for God to save him. I’m like wow. Guilty for sure right there but David just seems to have a poetic way of writing his prayers that become songs of praise. Unfortunately I feel like my prayers just sound like grumbling and complaining.
When reading the Bible you see that it says, “And God was with David. And God was with David.” I’m like, “God, why were you always with David?” It’s because David was always with God. See, that’s how relationships work.
Draw near to me, and I’ll draw near to you. (James 4:8)
I think in relationships – dating, marriage, and also friendships we have the tendency to be like:
“Why is it always me that has to be the first to say something?”
“I think they should invite me instead of me inviting them.”
“Why do I have to be the first one to always make the effort?”
“He should apologize first.”
“Well I think she should txt me first.”
Sometimes we get tired of making the effort. I get it. I always seem to be that person in those shoes. We get tired of trying, but we also want the results. We don’t want to put our time into that relationship, whatever that type might be, if you don’t feel valued.
We need to be careful not to ever do this with God. He’s already waiting for you. He already sent His Son for you. He already made a way of communication for you. He already gave you His Holy Word. It’s you that He values. It’s me that He values. He values souls.
2 Chronicles 15:2 “The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you abandon Him, He will abandon you.”
It’s us that need to get down on our knees and meet Him.
I’m going to go out on a limb here…I know what I’m about to say is not a popular vote – at all. I’m not here to press a certain denomination or belief, but only what God’s Word says. I think so strongly here that at the end of the scripture from 2 Chronicles it says if you abandon Him, He will abandon you. You see, God will never leave you nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6) BUT you can leave Him and by leaving Him, the Lord will remove Himself where He is not wanted/needed/invited. His Spirit cannot dwell with darkness. (1 John 1:5-9) He takes away His presence from people who do not bear fruit from Him.
John 15:2,4 “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit…Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
Matthew 10:33 “But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in Heaven.”
Being a Christian, you have to take a stand in what you believe in. You have to take the time to remain steadfast in the Lord. It’s so very easy to get away from your personal time with the Lord and I know deep down that isn’t even your intention. It happens. We are human and there always seems to be one thing after another to distract us and keep our lives busier than ever.
I love that the Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart. That is my prayer that when it’s all said and done I want to hear that my heart looks like the Lord’s heart. I want people to say that God was with Morgan. God was with (insert your name). In order for people to say that, you have to take the time to spend with Him. Go ahead and share your feelings, your ups & downs with Him. Get in His Word. Praise Him for Who He is. When we stay close to Him, He is close to us. This is when we will feel His presence and guidance in our everyday life.
Be with God and God will be with you!
God was with David and he succeeded in all that he did. Praise God!! He will do the same for you!!
Happy New Year everyone!! Thank God for giving us another year, 2022, to live for Him!