the love of God

What Do I Need?

In times of want and need we tend to focus on that particular desire. It becomes our primary focus and occupies our thoughts.

For myself, I found myself reestablishing myself as a single woman, selling and moving homes and finding a new career.

Do I leave my home church or stay? Do I move back to Australia or to a location close to my children?

Such concerns are a normal part of life but the stress of these things can find us pushing God to the periphery.

At such times we can neglect to seek God for help and become obsessed with our dilemma.

What do we do?

I believe that we start with repentance. Do what we usually do when we've neglected some one that we love.

After repentance, let the conversation with God flow.

The more we focus on God, the more access to His unfailing love.

His never ending love is empowering and fuels us as does nothing else. 

God - Good or Bad?

It's so easy to give standard answers regarding God. "He's good, loving, powerful, ever present...."

Some times we need to step back and be honest with ourselves regarding our true thoughts. We feel as if He's blessing others but some how we got left behind. 

In Matthew 25, a servant was given a sum of money to invest for his master. He buried it and his excuse was that his master was a hard man. The servant was afraid of opportunity and his master.

Where did the servant get this knowledge regarding "hardness"? Certainly he didn't get this from observing his master as the other two servants invested wisely and were blessed. The master was not hard but was just and loving. He represents God.

The only way that he could have developed this view was by the observation of others who were hard and then the servant projected this view onto his master.

How do we see God? Are we willing to look behind our Sunday School answers and admit that we fall short in a few areas? Perhaps we view God through a lens tainted by a distant dad, mean brother or harsh teacher. Perhaps we view God as uncaring because we were inadequately nurtured as a child. (As we all were). 

When we are honest with ourselves, we can confess our shortfall to God and God's true love for us breaks through. We start to comprehend why life is not performing our way and we can walk with an ease that was not formerly present. (Matthew 25)