My hope is that this blog will be a conduit for conversation between you and me, between you and others, and most importantly, between you and God. Experience has shown me that my best conversations with the Lord and with others come coupled with the stillness of morning and a cup of coffee. Whatever your experience has been, I hope you will join me as I share what God puts on my heart.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Because the Lord sustains me.

I imagine parents are delighted when their children seek their help.  Just as any parent wants to help his child, the Lord wants to help us.  Although God does not need to be needed, we certainly need God.  By need, I am referring to more than just needing our Lord to redeem us.  That is absolutely our greatest need.  By need, I am referring to our Lord as our help in everything—especially the little things.
When we fail to recognize our need for Christ, it is no less a reality that we need Christ. 
Our Lord is our creator, our sustainer, our refuge, our provider, our redeemer, our help, our protector, our peace, our joy, our healer, our strength.
And I can go on and on and on.  Because we cannot do even the smallest act apart from God.   
Our Lord does not need our recognition of this dependence.  But, our recognition of this dependence is praise to our Lord.  Although the praise this gives God is most important, what this recognition does to the attitude of our hearts is invaluable. 
The more I recognize my dependence on God in everything, the more I ask God for help.  The more I ask God for help, the more I am  deliberately relying on Him.  The more I am deliberately relying on God—because in reality we are always relying on God—the more I am communing with God.  
And I want us to ask God for help in the small things.  And this takes humility.  But our need is reality.
Of course, it is easy for us to ask God for help in the overwhelming things.  But let us ask God for help in the minutia of life, in our everyday tasks that we have accomplished so often that we have become conditioned to think we are accomplishing those tasks.  If I cannot inhale without God, if it is God who sustains me, then I certainly cannot do one thing without God.   
I pray we recognize that our need for our Lord is so great that we cannot even perform the trivial duties of life without our Lord’s help.  I pray we deliberately ask our Lord for help—especially in the areas where we are falsely conditioned to believe we can do something on our own.  I pray we ask for help in the small things.  Praise God that He is our everything.
“I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.”  (Psalm 3:5 NIV).
“But as for me, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God.  You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.”  (Psalm 70:5 NIV).
“Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.”  (Psalm 146:5 NIV).

 Mmmhmmmmm.  Fall feels good.
Much love to you,

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