“But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” Psalm 50:23
I wish I knew more about the Bible. Well, I know that I know more than I realize…but I would love to have a better understanding of it. That’s one of the reasons that I enjoy going to Bible study. It gives me the opportunity to learn from those around me. My church is currently doing the ‘Life Explored’ Bible study and part of the study is watching brief videos. The one last night really touched my heart. It showed a women that is apparently well known…has people around her constantly, yet she had no happiness in her. And no one seemed to care. It was heartbreaking. 😢
Have you been there? In a dark place and no one else seems to see or care? I have. It’s been many years but I can still feel that twinge in my heart. That twinge that says that ‘your on your own’, ‘you got yourself into this’, ‘no one loves you’ and so many other demeaning and condemning statements…and after a while they can be very convincing. For years I tried to compensate that by trying to buy love. If I went out to dinner or a movie with friends (few though they were) I would insist on paying for everything. I didn’t realize what I was doing back then. I do now. I was hoping those ‘friends’ would stick around if I paid all the time. Mind you, they didn’t expect me to…I just did. And it didn’t work.
I tend to offer to pay often now too, but out of entirely different motives. I just enjoy being a blessing. It makes me happy. And this has made me realize how, giving my life to God 8 years ago has changed me. As it should have. Romans 2:29 states; ‘No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather it is a change of heart produced by God’s spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not people.’
I’ve been through some difficult years in my life. And I’m sure I will again. But as I look back I can see God working in each and every one of those dark times. Times where I was all too willing to give up-He stepped in and reminded me how much He loves me. And I hadn’t even given my life to Him yet! He loves us with all that He is and His is always faithful. Are we?
I can still at times struggle with looking for praise from people rather than God. I find myself looking to see how many people looked at my blog each day or the Facebook page that is now associated with it. 🙄 And all that can pull you in real quick. And I’ve realized that I’m going back to those old ‘needs’ of approval from others rather than God. Instead of all that I, to be honest-as I’m writing this, I am deciding to be thankful to God for always doing what’s best for me. ALWAYS.
Those passages of scripture just jumped out at me today. I needed the reminder that I need to be giving Him my direct praise as my sacrifice and not looking at working on this page-as much as I enjoy it-as my praise to Him. Yes, I want to share how much He loves us and give examples of how He works in my life but I haven’t been taking the time to do it one on one with Him. How can I expect Him to bless something when I’m not truly giving Him MY time?!
Wow, it’s amazing what giving time to God will do to you.
Would you pray this with me please? Thank you Jesus for being patient with me, again. Please forgive me for not giving you my time, first and foresmost. I thank you for reminding me that my time with You needs to be my priority. Help me ‘be still’ and know that YOU are God. Guide me, Lord Jesus in all that I do. Help me be a blessing to those around me, help me show the HOPE we have in YOU. Work in me and through me Lord. My life IS Yours. Use me. In Your very precious name. Amen
Have a blessed Thursday friends.