For some time I have been wondering about the reality of God in my life. I have no doubt that God is a loving, peaceful and almighty God (excuse my inadequate vocabulary) that cares for His children in untold ways. I have seen hosts of Biblical promises, given to me over many years, come true. I have seen wonder upon wonder unfold before my very eyes.
And yet, I have to ask “how real is God in my life?”
“Very real” would be my first reaction. Really? Why then do I fret and worry, as if there is no God. Why do I tolerate a wrong attitude towards some people and issues? Why do I always first want to make a wrong choice before making the right choice? Why do I rush through life, attending to the necessary, the immediate, and the urgent, while leaving the important behind? Why do I so often forget God’s purpose for my life and become more concerned with my own purpose?
I have to be careful not to live an unconscious lie!
“Think it over,” says the Lord Almighty. “Consider how you have acted….you hope for much but get so little. And when you bring it home, I blow it away – it doesn’t last at all. Why? Because…you don’t care” (Haggai 1:7+9)
You don’t care!
Strong words. Haggai (2:14) said that people were living with selfish attitudes and evil hearts.
Millennia later, has anything changed?
How do I then make God real in my life? How do I care? I have to realign my priorities in accordance with God’s purpose and God’s will for my life. Simply, I have to do what God has told me to do.
“And what is that?” you might ask.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
“Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”
“Teach me to do Your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.”
‘n Uitdaging op ‘n daaglikse basis.
I experienced the reality of a Loving Father in the most dramatic way yesterday. I am off to China next week for some Dental Lectures, My Hosts brought met our Passports from Johannesburg containing the Visas. I quickly drove to the Bank and bought some Foreign Currency. I had a File with some Documents and safely deposited the Passports in the file and walked back to my car, perhaps 60 Meters away. Nearly at home, relaxed at glad everything was sorted I suddenly “heard ” /something inside telling me to Check the Passports in the file lying next to me on the seat. I first wanted to ignore this, I knew everything was ok, I handled everything. In any case, I stopped and checked and the Passports were gone, missing. I had the most terrible feeling come over me, this was impossible. I checked and re checked, I could not believe what was happening. Weeks of Preperation and Bookings, and Passports gone. I turned around, drove like a mad man back to the Bank whilst all the way saying to the Lord, Please, this is not happening. Please Please. What am I going to do. What a dreadfull feeling. At the Bank the Lady who helped me said no, the Passports were in the File, she saw me. At Reception I accosted a guy, he had no Idea about this. Standing desperate one of the Ladies working as a Teller must have seen me and waved the two passports in the Air. Unbelievable. I wanted to kiss her.I would never have stopped to check for Passports iif this “Voice ” did not urge me to have a look. No Way, I knew they were safe.The Holy Spirit and Jesus and our Father was looking after me. Reading “God Calling ” ,the Book Nico gave me last night 23 March the first Words I read was “I am with you “Is He real ? Today I am willing to lay down my Life for that reality. SDG [Apparently they slipped out of the File in the Bank , How, I do not know ] Is He real . ? May I never doubt again.
Amazing testimony Mike! Thank you and safe travels.
Dear Nico, thank you for asking a real question! To lead a Kingdom life requires a complete exchange of the life I experience in this world for the life God intends for me to live! Live love! Deon
Net wat ek vanoggend bedink het. Is ek besig met God se wil binne hierdie aardse en materialistiese lewe. Soek allereers die koningkryk v God!