I must have had a full day yesterday because when I woke up this morning I couldn’t remember what day it was. I also woke up with the song for today playing in my mind. ‘The More I Seek You”. I could hear the clear voice of Kari Jobe singing, “I want to sit at your feet, drink from the cup in your hand, lay back against you and breathe, feel your heartbeat ….” and then the verse in Isaiah 55:6 started churning me to fully awake “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” It has to be Sunday.
Someone in the past came up with a catchy cliché’ “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” Or “Seven days without Bible reading makes one weak.” Or “Seven days without fellowship makes one weak.” You get the picture. Even those strongest in their faith will become weak if they coast in their relationship with God. Psalm 34:10 says “The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. “ Even the king of the jungle gets weak and hungry without food. We have access to the Word of God, we can read scripture, we can study the Bible 24/7/365 and many do just that. I would love to be like God tells us in 1Samuel 12:24 “But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” I don’t always do that … then there is Sunday!
Sunday is the opportunity to recharge our spiritual batteries in a way unlike isolated Bible reading and meditation. Those times, just me and God, are calming and fortifying; they center me. Attending church though and hearing someone read to me from the Bible opens another avenue of applying God’s word to my life in the week ahead. Some people are unable to attend a church service. They lack the benefit of personal interactions and fellowship. If this defines your situation I hope you can tune into a fundamental, Bible teaching, Christ-follower on television or the Internet. Message me if you want suggestions. I will send suggestions. Jeremiah 29:13 makes this promise “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Isn’t that what we want? To seek the Lord and find him so we can be in fellowship with him?
Joel 2:12 “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” This morning when I prayed there were some burdens on my heart that I have been harboring. I had to give them to God and confess that I’m just out of resources and need him to just take over. “Lord, I am seeking you. I’m out of ideas, out of resources, and running low on hope. I give these things to you. Please take over and Lord, if I take them back, please remind me that I gave them to you.”
Deuteronomy 4:29-31 “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. When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him. For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.”