Words escape me. Now, I realize that is a bad confession for a writer to make. After all, words are my medium, the paint I use to color the canvas. And yet, when I think about Jesus – when I truly stop to marvel in wonder at the Lord and His goodness and mercy, lavished on such an undeserving sinner as I…
Words escape me.
When I’m seeking direction and getting frustrated, smacking my head against so many brick walls, that should be a key indicator that I am seeking something other than God first. When I realize that I am seeking in vain – usually about the time that my head butting causes a severe headache – I stop, regroup, and pray.
However, when I am truly seeking God, pursuing His will and His way (what Matthew calls His kingdom), and my heart is turned Godward, there is a peace that washes over me. There is a joy that fills my innermost being. When I have turned off all the distractions of life and given my attention fully to Jesus Christ, to Who God is and how He loves me…
Words escape me.
It is in the Lord that I find strength and direction. This is where my spirit is refreshed, my soul energized. I find hope in the Lord when I meditate on His Word. I see the world with different eyes and discover that God truly is all that God claims He is. I get a glimpse of the Great I AM, and a glimpse is all we need.
When I seek the Lord, I see that He has brought me so, so far. And I see that I still have so, so far to travel. It is in His grace that I seek to journey down this path of life. God – the Love of God – makes me want to be a better man. Like David, I want the Lord to say of me, “I have found in (Chris) a man after my heart, who will do all my will” (Acts 13:22, ESV).
You should want that too. Here, say it out loud: I want the Lord to say of me, “I have found in (insert your name here) a man / woman after my heart, who will do all my will.” Go ahead, say it again. Repeat it. Write it down somewhere.
Seeking the Lord first brings an indescribable joy and incredible peace of mind and heart that can be – should be – life changing. When we find our wills bent far less inward and far more in the direction of the kingdom of God, we find that He truly changes the desires of our heart and meets our every need.
And when I truly begin to realize these things… well, you know what I’m going to say…