I need to turn the world off for a while. You ever feel like that? God deserves so much more of me and my time than I have been giving Him. Yet I give most of me to the world. How ironic is that when God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins, yet I keep finding myself so caught up in this world that I don't even wake up with a breath of thanks to the One who gave me another day!
"For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
I try too hard you know, to make myself and everyone around me happy. There are so many "shiny things" out there that are temporary that tempt me-and win me over more often than not. And to be honest, I am sick of it. I want relationship with my Father, The Lifter of my head. I don't just want to know that I am saved from an eternity in hell, I want to know the One saving me! There is nothing in this world that can fulfill like He can.
"But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head."
We are broken- we need healing. The type that doesn't come from another dollar made, another dollar spent, another cupcake devoured, another cigarette smoked, another beer chugged, another _____(you fill in the blank). I am guilty of this type of thinking- I think we all are at some time or another. But we need to flee from this false belief- for there is only One who can heal and satisfy and quench our needs!
"O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly;
My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water."
My life has been a desert-in the passage above David is in the desert, exiled. All about him is a dry & weary land, which is a representation of a life without relationship with the Lord. God is the all-powerful, living water; He alone can quench the thirst of your very heart and soul. You know why? Because that is how He created us. He did not create us to be an unsatisfied people constantly searching for something to fill the void temporarily. He did not create us so that He could sit back and watch the unending rat-race-trap that we put ourselves through, seeking happiness in things that moth and rust destroy, that thieves can steal. (Matthew 6:20) Our true purpose in this life, the whole reason behind our very creation and existence, is to give glory to God the Creator. (Isaiah 43:7)
If I'm not giving God glory and having relationship with Him, how in the world is anyone else going to see God's glory in this dark storm of life? He planted us here for a reason, and it isn't to please myself or to kill myself trying to make everyone else happy. I want to fulfill my mission: I want to know Christ personally, and then turn around and show it to everyone!
"But we have this treasure in jars of clay
to show that this all-surpassing power is from God
and not from us."
2 Corinthians 4:7
I don't need this world or what it has to offer- not a single thing here is worth missing out on one more moment of time with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I want Him to be my everything! I NEED Him to be my everything! Putting my hopes in man and in this world has gotten me into more trouble and brought me more heartache than I could have ever imagined. All I need is Jesus. All I need is to turn it all off, climb up in His Arms, and be still. He is the One Constant in this storm...the only Peace for my soul- the same yesterday, today, and always.
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."
I love You Jesus.
Thank You for Your endless grace.
I'm so unworthy, and yet You still love me.
In Your Arms (Meredith Andrews)
I’m turning the world off
Embracing the silence
Walking away from all the voices
That are Screaming in my ear
I've been too caught up
I've been so stressed out
All of the noise replaced the whisper
That used to be so clear
So I close every door
Put my face back on the floor
And I'm in Your arms
Where I belong
There's no other place for me
Than right where You are
Some things just don't change
When I call Your name
You never hesitate to wrap me in endless grace
When I'm in Your arms
I’m letting my fears go
Giving You control
For You are the one who holds me closer
In my soul's darkest night
Everything I see
Is so temporary
So help me to run the race before me
With eternity in sight
Now I close every door
Put my face back on the floor
To sit at Your feet
At Your table of mercy
To gaze on Your beauty, my Lord
To drink from Your well
And be changed by Your glory
How could I ask for more
Jesus, how could I ask for more