It is time

“…..for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes….”  Hosea 10:12

In my conversations with believers there is a sense of urgency in the days we are living in; a sense of seriousness and watchfulness; a sense of the need to seek the Lord like never before.  To be sure, there are serious problems that our nation is facing that have affected many of us.  It is probable that darker days lie ahead.  Only God knows for sure. 

But even greater than the needs in our nation are the needs in the church.  Jesus has left us here to be a light in this darkened world.  And if the light has become darkness, how great is the darkness.

So much of what is called the body of Christ seems to be interested in everything but Christ.  We go about our lives, doing our thing, making a living and enjoying our lives.  We stay so busy either with work or entertainment that we successfully quiet that still, small voice that tells us there is so much more to life than this.  I’m afraid we have forgotten why we are here.

It is time to seek the Lord.  Even if the world is scheduled to continue for another 500 years, it is time to seek the Lord.  Today, right now, every day.  We must seek Him and we must not stop until He comes; until He visits His people with His Presence.

Can you see the promise in this verse?  He doesn’t say to seek Him and maybe He will come.  He says seek Him till He comes.  He will come if we will seek.  My heart longs for this. 

Jesus, we have forgotten You.  We have gone to church faithfully, said our prayers and done our daily Bible readings.  And we have missed You in all of it.  Oh please come and give us a fresh revelation of Your glory.  Move upon our hearts to seek You, and seek You and seek You until You come.

See your Saviour

“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high”  Hebrews 1:1-3

Sometimes the routineness of religious activity can dull my view of Jesus.  I can get stuck in a rut, even though it is a really nice rut, of church attendance, Bible study and prayer meetings.  But once I slow the pace a bit the question arises…..where is Jesus?

It is the mercy of God that He reveals to us when we have become content with the activities of religion and have lost sight of the Saviour.  Even in the midst of our seeking after Him we can become more focused on the seeking than on Him.

So this is where I found myself as I sensed the Lord telling me “look unto Jesus.”  So I started looking in Hebrews and these first few verses literally took my breath away as I saw the glory and power of Jesus Christ so overwhelmingly presented:

The glory that emanates from Him
The divinity of His person
His amazing power in the creation and continuance of all things
His completed work of redemption
His exalted heavenly position

This is our King.  This is our Redeemer.  This is our Friend.

Look upon Him and love Him.  Look and live.

An undivided heart

“Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.”  Psalm 86:11 NIV

“Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you.” Psalm 86:11 NLT

This verse makes my heart soar!  Yes God!  This is what I want!  Many times I have prayed something very similar in my time with God.  I desperately desire these things – a pure and undivided heart, knowing His ways, the fear of the Lord, walking in His truth.  Who of His children would not desire such wonderful things?

It is easy to feel quite holy when praying such a thing.  But when the day comes that He begins answering this prayer with His refining fire, in that day the seriousness of our desire to walk with Him will be tested.  When He requires those dearly loved Isaacs to be placed upon the altar, then the battle begins.  And it is then that we see how divided our heart truly is.

What can cause more sorrow to a follower of Jesus than to see Judas lurking within their own heart?  I cannot afford to pity Judas, but must ruthlessly drive him out of my heart. 

Just like Jesus said to the rich, young ruler “sell all…and come, follow Me”, He says the same to me.  He wants all of my heart.  What soldier can be trusted in battle who has divided loyalty?  What husband can be trusted who has a roving eye?  We expect loyalty from others, and do we think Jesus requires anything less?

The purifying of a heart is painful.  If we don’t have a burning desire to walk closely with God, we will not endure the process.  But if we continue with God, He will grant us more grace, and more grace, and still more grace, to be able to endure the refining.  It will still be painful, but we will be able to see past the pain, looking to the joy that lies before us of a closer fellowship with Him.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”