DATE POSTED Sunday, 2022-03-06
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
SCRIPTURE FROM: Matthew 17:14-16
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 14 At the foot of the mountain, a large crowd was waiting for them. A man came and knelt before Jesus and said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son. He has seizures and suffers terribly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. 16 So I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him.”
APPLICATION: I believe that if we surveyed the Sunday morning congregation of worshipers why they are present in God’s house that day, the answers will be as varied as the people who are gathered. For the crowd in our Bible story, notice that Jesus didn’t even have to ask why they were there, they automatically approached Him with their needs. But let’s remind ourselves that there is much more to seeking an audience with the God of this universe, so the million dollar question for us today is: where do we go in order to meet with Jesus? Let’s give this some thought:
-o- WORSHIP – There comes a time when most individuals will look into the heavens and acknowledge that ‘THERE IS A GOD’, for we see Him: in the beautiful sunrise; the exquisite oceans where fishermen locate our delicious seafood and laypersons enjoy the art of fishing and water-sports; we witnessed the birth of a baby, where one of the parents were told repeatedly by doctors that they could never have kids; we saw personally how a relative was healed from a disease that doctors threw in the towel on. In fact, much like the wisemen said when they saw the star, they felt compelled to go and find the infant so they could worship Him, and perhaps we may come to the same conclusion – He is worthy of our praise, and we must find that perfect place where we might worship Him!
-o- HEALING – Some of us have heard one too many times that the doctors could do nothing else for our relatives. But the evidence is clear from the Bible, that God provided healing to the blind, the lame, the mute and He even brought the dead back to life again. Surely the ailments of our loved one is nothing when compared to the impossible situations just mentioned. We must find where God is so that we might petition Him with our desperate physical needs.
-o- COMPANIONSHIP – After years of perfect companionship, some of you may have experienced the loss of your companion. Now what? Where can you find God so that you might draw close to Him as you seek His guidance and comfort while trying to finish up life here on earth all by yourself?
Friends, I’m sure that each of you have unique reasons for seeking the presence of Jesus. In fact, you are extremely challenged to see outside of your challenges to recognize God, to listen to His tender voice of compassion, to actually worship Him in spite of your loss, or to follow His guidance as He directs your path. I’m sure you are desperately searching for God’s whereabouts, so you could share your heartfelt joys and concerns with Him. Please allow me to suggest that you try to worship God, even when your enemies are showing you all the roadblocks. Call on Him wherever you’re at, and know that He is always near. Remind yourself of the incredible love shown at the cross of Calvary, and know that God loves you and considers you more precious than any bright, shining metals that we spend thousands of dollars for. Remember, He created you in His own image, so there is nothing that He won’t identify with or help you overcome. Just wait, I say, on the Lord!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: Seek the Lord while He may be found. Exalt Him and worship Him for who He is. He has not lost His awesome power to heal, forgive, and love. He is anxiously waiting for you to find Him right where you’re at.
PRAYER: Lord, we are reminded that when we reach the totality of our abilities and our efforts, You are still there with opened arms ready and willing to accept us – Your creation and Your child. Please teach us and remind us each day that as we place our faith and trust in You each and every day, we will also learn to reach out to You through our good times, our bad times and especially through our challenging times. Just as the crowd determined where You were at, and they waited for You with many items beyond their control and abilities, we too have access to the same wonderful Savior still today. We need You Lord. Please help us to seek You in every phase of life, no matter where we find ourselves geographically. Please teach us to depend on the one constant each day – our Almighty God. Healer, Protector, Guide, Deliverer, Savior and Friend! AMEN!
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