Beating A Path to Favor & Blessing!
We are all placed in positions where we really need to trust God on a regular basis. It's just the way of the Christian life. The Bible declares this in Hebrews 10:38: "And my righteous ones will live by faith. But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away." Trust however, is something that is established only through relationship. We cannot and do not immediately trust people that we do not know. Trust is built as we get to know someone by having a relationship with them. And the same is true for God. I believe that most of the time when we struggle to trust God, it is because we haven't taken the time to connect with Him in intimate relationship.
Just yesterday we had an interesting Sunday at New Life Bismarck. Due to some uncontrollable circumstances, Pastor had to leave to catch his flight earlier than expected. I found out 25 minutes before church that I was going to be preaching. Now that may be no big deal to you, but the thought of getting in front of about a hundred people, some checking the church out for the first time, and being tongue tied with nothing to say is a little intimidating! To top it all off, the A/C wasn't working in the church! Needless to say I bolted for the prayer room! When I got to the prayer room I simply began searching my heart for the things God had been speaking to me about in my devotions from that week. It is times like this that I am really grateful that I have a consistent devotional life! What if I hadn't taken the time to read the Bible? What if I had just been too busy to pray? If I had not taken the time to have relationship with God, I would have been tongue tied with nothing to say at worse, or at best I would have preached a very dry message with no anointing on it! Paul tells Timothy to "Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching (2 Timothy 4:2)." The preacher cannot "be prepared" if he or she does not take the time to seek God. Nor can any of us be prepared for our next trial, test, or temptation if we do not consistently seek God! The reality is that we can be prepared for literally anything that is coming! Here's how:
Beat A Path to God
David says this in Psalm 5:1-3: "O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly." Notice that David sought after God "each morning". It wasn't this hit and miss effort where being too busy to pray was an excuse. Trust me, there were plenty of time demands on the king of Israel. David was a man after God's own heart because he took the time to seek God. Later in the Psalms David pens an entire chapter completely devoted to describing the happiness and blessings that come to the life of those who seek God and trust God. In Psalm 34:8-10 David writes, "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! Fear the Lord, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need. Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing." Notice that those who "trust" in the Lord will not lack any good thing. The NKJV uses the word "seek" instead of trust. Did you catch that? To seek God is to trust God! We cannot trust a God we do not seek, nor will we seek a God we do not trust! Why? Because true trust is established in relationship. Here's a powerful revelation: The Hebrew word "seek" or "trust" in this verse literally means to "beat a recognizable path". If we walk back and forth on a grassy surface enough times, what happens? We beat a recognizable path! We can see where we came from and where we were going. That my friends should be the picture of our devotional life! We seek God and trust God until there's a recognizable path to Him! We know exactly where to go when a trial, test, or temptation comes.
I'll end with this: Isaiah 26:7-9 says, "But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them. Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you. For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right." God takes care of the righteous by going before them to smooth out the path ahead. To seek God is to trust God, and to trust God is to seek Him. And when we beat a path by seeking God, then God will establish a path of favor and blessing before us! Do you need God to remove some rubble and smooth out your way? Establish a path by seeking God and you'll run into the path to your breakthrough!
If you're wondering how it all turned out yesterday, within minutes in the prayer room the Lord began to drop into my heart most of what I've shared in this blog. We had a great and powerful Sunday!
Marc P. Eidahl
New Life Church