Have you ever asked “Where is God?”
No, I’m not suggesting that God does not exist. I’m asking where He is, knowing He must be around somewhere. It just seems like He is hiding or that He is far away – not knowing what is going on in the world and in my life.
All the pain, hate, fear and crime of daily living is so prominent and still He seems to be only a silhouette in the backdrop of life. Where is the God that promised His love and said that He will never leave nor forsake? Is this a valid question or should we accept the fact that life is going down the drain and everything bad and ugly is just getting worse and worse…
Looking at the world and at life in general actually creates a fear that consumes everything inside of me, even hope… there are no solutions in this world for the destruction devouring the very essence of life on earth… yes, I know, life on earth is suppose to be temporal and that there is a life everlasting…
Stop!! Am I not confusing myself here? Life on earth is limited to time, but isn’t everlasting life beyond time? Am I not looking for God in things that He has not made Himself a part of…
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
I find myself seeking God in the “things” when He is not there. The command was to seek God’s kingdom and righteousness not the “things”. I suppose I will never find Him focusing on the ”things”.
Now where do I have to start?
What is the kingdom of God (Heaven)?
What does it look like?
Where can I go to find it?
Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.
Not everyone who says to Me, Lord! Lord! shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.
Your words have been strong and hard against Me, says the Lord. Yet you say, What have we spoken against You? You have said, It is useless to serve God, and what profit is it if we keep His ordinances and walk gloomily and as if in mourning apparel before the Lord of hosts? And now we consider the proud and arrogant to be happy and favored; evildoers are exalted and prosper; yes, and when they test God, they escape unpunished. Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name. And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. Then shall you return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who does not serve Him.
I must learn to seek His kingdom in everything – this can only be done in relationship with Him. A life devoted to it…
…in Him we live and move and have our being…