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Make Yourself Accessible to All

The Holy Bible

24 So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. 25 For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? 26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him.

(Bible Translation and Location: New Living Translation – Ecclesiastes 2:24-26)

Thoughts:

I am finding the book of Ecclesiastes an interesting read, as in general, it appears like such a downer! It appears like the writer sees life as such a struggle, and often very little hope. However, in these verses I found a lot of truth and wanted to share my thoughts. Often today when we hear about someone enjoying so much of life, it involves partying and carousing all night long with awful neglect of their family. But I was reminded in this passage that even to our good times, we need to stop and realize that these pleasures are from God’s hand. It is times such as this that cause us to stop and praise God for everything, for we realize that He is not just a God who waits to punish us or keep His thumb on us, but because of His sacrifice and love for us, He provides for our happiness and success also. Friends, I believe that it is time for Christians to enjoy God’s blessings. We can enjoy a great party without alcohol or abusive substances. Even at a party we can be a witness for God, for we can show where we can enjoy others while still serving God. Of course, I realize that there will come a time where you limit yourself to these activities to help avoid giving in to the ways of the world, however there is a fine line between enjoying each other’s company and making yourself available to witness and or counsel, and separating yourself from all activity in order to preserve your righteousness. For we may sometimes be so godly good that we are of no earthly use. Folk will talk and let friends in on their challenges if you are accessible, not if you place yourself at several levels above them in unreachable, or untouchable pride. Friends, while here on earth, let’s make ourselves of earthly use while representing the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

Prayer:

Father in heaven, please work among your children each and every day so that we may be led to events and activities where we may be accessible to our unsaved friends and family. You were questioned about some of the homes and areas in which You visited, and I’m sure that we will be also, so we need to be convinced of Your direction so that we don’t make the mistake of pleasing self without any real benefit to Your kingdom work. I know that You will guide us along the right path. Please help us to be obedient and submissive to Your perfect will so that we can be at Your disposal as needed. Thank You for being my God and sending me a Savior, Your Son, to rescue me from this world of sin. Please use me, and other children of Yours, to reach the unsaved, especially during the remaining days of this year. I know You are coming soon, may we all be ready! I ask all this in the name of Your Son, Jesus, AMEN!

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The Bible – New Century Version

Psalm 94:8–11

8               You stupid ones among the people, pay attention. You fools, when will you understand?

9               Can’t the creator of ears hear? Can’t the maker of eyes see?

10             Won’t the one who corrects nations punish you? Doesn’t the teacher of people know everything?

11             The Lord knows what people think. He knows their thoughts are just a puff of wind.

Thoughts:

When we pray hard about a situation, especially one that we are very close to, we have our desired wishes in mind about how the situation should be handled, and I believe that we tend to pray towards that end. Often God will show us who is in charge, and who knows best, by answering our prayers in accordance with His perfect will and design. That answer may be exactly along the lines of what we had pleaded for, or it may be even better in the long run for the subject of our prayer. I believe that we sometime may question why God chose to respond in a particular way, and sometimes I believe we may feel like He may not have heard us at all, or perhaps we may question if He can’t see for Himself what is going on around us. These verses served to remind me that my Creator definitely hears me, otherwise why would He have given me ears! He definitely sees what’s going on around us, especially those things that really impact the lives of His dear children, otherwise why would He have given us eyes. If God is without ears or eyes, surely he would not have seen the need to create us with these extra tools! So friend, stand with me and be reminded that our God is all powerful, all knowing, sees everything and hears everything. He showed His power to calm even the rough seas, raise the dead, gave the blind back their sight and allowed the lame to walk again. What did you say your ‘major’ problem is, especially in light of these miracles wrought by His hands? Remember friend, He is there all the time for us. Let us learn to reach out to Him, love Him and depend on Him more so that we might see His mighty works, and reap the results of His awesome love!

Prayer:

Dear Lord, please teach us to pray in faith believing on the Son of God and the power and might of His perfect will, and that ALL things are possible with the touch of Your mighty hand, or the simple word from Your mouth. Please help us to get off our soap boxes of thinking that we can tell You what to do. You are the Master, Designer, Creator, Almighty God, and we are merely Your humble servants bowed before You with outstretched arms fully dependent on You. Thank You for giving us ears and eyes that enables us to do Your works here below. But more than that, thank You for the reminder that we are to continue reaching out to You knowing that You can hear our heart’s plea, and You can see the wickedness that we encounter around us every day. Thank You for loving us and caring for us, even in our human weaknesses and frailness. Hopefully we can be more focused on You today and the power available to us by our Father who loves us way too much to see us fail or fall. Please be our guide today. For it is in Your precious and holy name that I ask all this dear Savior, AMEN!

 

NOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray.

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