Lunch is Included!

One winter my boss invited me to go to a training workshop while his landscaping shop was closed. I was excited for the opportunity but a little nervous. The morning passed quickly as we sat through various sessions on irrigation then we let out for lunch. “Want to come along with us to the restaurant?” my boss asked as he and a friend headed for the door. “No I’ll just stay back here, I’m not too hungry” I nervously replied, remembering I had only a few dollars in my pocket that day. “Okay it’s up to you.” He shrugged and went off to eat. I bought a candy bar from the machine and a soda hoping they would hold me off till dinner. On the way home later the boss mentioned in an offhanded way, “Boy lunch was great and it was all included in the price I paid. Too bad you weren’t hungry!”

I still sometimes laugh at myself when I remember the knowing hunger in my stomach all because I didn’t know that lunch was included! But did you know that many of us act exactly like I did on that day when it comes to our spiritual life. We get to the conference (get saved); but then we try to tough it out with snacks from the vending machines when God has an entire banquet spread for us in Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christkimg0483

Ephesians 1:3

Think about whatever wisdom, whatever strength, whatever acceptance, provision or direction you wish you had. Remember that God has already paid the price for that in full. Everything (even lunch) is included!

 

 

 

Sunrise or Sunset?

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord and the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance. 

Psalm 33:12

I have never been able to tell whether a photo is of a sunrise or sunset. I believe that only prayers will determine which it will be for our country. Let’s pray for God blessing and more importantly His will this Sunday. We need Him now more than ever before!

With all Your Heart

But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29

KIMG0363     When we read the story of the life of Jacob we find him really meeting with God only twice. Once, at the beginning of his journey as he is fleeing from his brother Esau Jacob lays down to sleep in the desert. There with a stone as a pillow, he sees in a dream a stairway with angels descending and ascending. Far at the top of the stairway is the God of his father, who is seeking him.

Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.Genesis 28:16 

Jacob was like myself and many others; running from his circumstances, but not really seeking God for refuge. Just as God came to a sleeping Jacob, God shows us that His grace extends to us even at those moments when we don’t know what to do, He is seeking us and He finds us because He seeks with all His heart.

Act two unfolds at the other end of Jacob’s journey. Twenty years have come and gone and Jacob has met his match in his uncle Laban. Jacob has learned about his own limitations and weaknesses because of the things he has endured during those years. He is filled with the material blessings of God but is finally totally desperate to find God’s help and deliverance because He knows that Esau is coming to meet him with 400 men. In that night of fear and struggle Jacob meets, not with another man, like Laban or Esau, but with one who will never let Him go.

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Genesis 32:24

In our deepest struggles when we long for the help or counsel of others God often orchestrates those moments so we will be utterly and completely alone. He has appointed that time and place to meet with us and to test the depths of our heart. Will we hang on with all that we are to God as Jacob did or will we retreat? He now wants to know what we want more than anything else in all the world.

     And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”  So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:26-28

In that moment if we seek God first and will accept with nothing less than His blessing, we will find Him who first found us. When God first met Jacob, the course of Jacob’s life was changed, but when Jacob found God his name was changed.     In the first meeting Jacob sees God far at the top of a mighty stairway, but this time God comes into direct contact with Him and Jacob limps away from that encounter saying:

… “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30

“Here’s my heart O take and seal it

Seal if for Thy courts above”

 Robert Robertson