Psalm 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon him, to all who call on him in truth
He is near to all that call upon him. This refers to a routine, a relationship, a constant action of seeking his direction. Living in his truth is what keeps us near. Truthfully, “HE” is always near, it is ourselves that create distance from him.
So often when things are good, we kinda slip away from our contact with God or more often when we are doing things in our life that we probably shouldn’t be doing but then something comes along maybe even tragic and then we find ourselves calling upon him, making promises to be better if he can just fix this one right now. In my walk, I’m guilty of this separation and almost feel shameful for my lack of communication when I finally reach out to him, he’s done so much for me in my life. This is not something he wants us to feel though, he wants us to feel loved… all the time… and a closeness of just being able to reach out and tap him on the shoulder for help, advise, comfort, deliverance whatever.
I see this verse as being about obedience. Obedience is not a very fun word when directed at ourselves but in the case of doing it unto the Lord it’s necessary to keep us near and receive it’s blessings. Those of you who are married understand this well. If we as husbands follow thru with our wives “to do” lists or maybe it’s just sitting down and listening to her instead of sports… there’s a blessing we feel. Happy wife, happy life right. The other side, is when our wife’s let us be the man in a situation or maybe it’s a great meal waiting for us when we come home from work… there’s a great blessing in that too. Relationships require obedience and interaction for maximum effect and our relationship with God, is no exception.
Take heed to this great relationship whom Jesus Died on the cross for us to have and watch it grow. One season you’ll be asking him to do things for you and by his grace, goodness and blessings you’ll soon find yourself asking what you can do for him. That’s how good he is…Salvation is only the beginning of an eternal relationship.
Have a good week everyone, I’ll be in Vegas next week so you guys get a Word Up break. I hope to come back refreshed and ready for whatever God would have to say to this great group. Please keep Aaron and myself in prayer we don’t end up in a club taking shots and doing dance routines center stage.