Seek the Lord while He may be found;
Call upon Him while He is near.Isaiah 55:6, New American Standard Bible
Good morning, queens! It’s a beautiful Tuesday when I’m posting this, and I pray your day is glorious whenever you’re reading it.
I’ve read this opening verse several times since getting saved, and truthfully, I’ve tucked its tone in my pocket. Until recently, that is. I realized it’s not just a stern word for ancient Israel—it’s a sobering word for today’s believer as well. You can read the entire chapter here, but I’m focusing on how we need to steward that verse.
Hosea 4:6 reminds us that God’s people perish for lack of knowledge. I’ve posted before that to know God is to love Him; to love God is to obey Him. It’s imperative that we sincerely do what He wants consistently.
Let’s jump in, shall we?
Tip #1 Pay attention to your kids
How many times have you told your child something, and it felt like a spiritual life lesson for you? I regularly encounter this. When those moments come, we should slow down and rehearse what we were trying to convey to them.
For example, I remember correcting my firstborn one day and told him, “When mommy or daddy tells you to do something, you’re to stop and do it right then. It’s not about your timing but ours.”
Girl! I was undone when I heard that because whew! That’s God’s order!
Tip #2 Embrace that it is deliberate
I think we forget that our pursuit of God is deliberate. Let’s think of how things flow in our marriages. When we first got married or began courting our husbands, we just went with the flow. Yet, as time progressed, the work of marriage and the decision to love turned intentional. We inherited a garden when we married, but for it to flourish and continue to thrive, we had to put more of ourselves into it.
As believers, we start as babies, craving the milk of the Word of God. However, we can’t stay as babies but must mature on to the weightier tenets of the faith. The beautiful thing is, it’s all about our choice.
Tip #3 Sit. Walk. Stand.
In the classic Sit, Walk, Stand by Watchman Nee, the believer is encouraged to remember our position in Christ as described in the book of Ephesians. We are seated in Christ, we walk in the Spirit, and we stand firmly in our faith. How? Practice God’s presence. Pray, and wait in stillness and quietness for His answer. Worship beyond the words we sing on Sundays by displaying it in the way we live.
Our God is intentional and relational. He doesn’t want some stale approach to Him coming from us. He desires that we willingly and deliberately yearn for Him. These three tips are easy because anyone serious about growing in and with God can do it. Let me warn you. This isn’t child’s play. This all points back to knowing and being known by the living God. It’s all about fulfilling why we are here. Yet, He wants you to be you and me to be me. Come to Him and call upon Him authentically—being naked and not ashamed.