Where Are You Looking?

So often in life, we are looking for that someone or something to solve whatever is going on in our lives. We are desperate to have a situation fixed, a relationship healed, a need met; we want a physical healing to take place.
It all seems like too much and we want it to get done, the sooner the better!

We start looking to find an answer, we need relief and we need it now if it could only help as quickly as Alka-Seltzer, or pain meds through an IV line.
Some people in desperate need turn to a friend or a family member, others turn to drugs and alcohol and some just run and hide. Life is running them over and they need that precious relief. Where is it, where is the help we need? How will it come? So, they search and try this and that to no avail.

I would say they are looking in the wrong place, help is right in front of them. It is not a what, but a who, and this who is Jesus. Not only is he standing waiting to be invited into your need, your situation, but he is constantly praying to the Father on your behalf. If you are his child he is praying for you. He is not up there condemning your need, but lovingly praying for you all the while he waits for you to turn to him. Romans 8:34
“Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, Yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”

Psalm 39:7 asks this question: “But now, Lord, what do we look for?” and then goes on to say “My hope is in you.” We need to look to Jesus, he is standing right in front of whatever need, hurt, healing etc. that you have or need, waiting for you to see him and invite him into your need. God does not usually come barging into our life’s needs, instead, he gently knocks on our heart’s door waiting, wanting access, wanting surrender.

Life is overwhelming when we try to do it alone. We can get ourselves so bogged down, so much on overload that we miss the answer standing right in front of us. Whatever the need, the question, He is the answer. When Christian’s leave Jesus out of the equation it causes a separation in their relationship with him. He does not move, we do. And if that separation goes on for long we find ourselves drifting further and further away in our own hearts and minds. I have lived this very thing, forgetting to pray and keep God at the forefront of my need, walking with him daily in prayer and his word. I can tell you with a certainty it did not go well and when I finally woke up from my spiritual laps I was amazed at the distance I had drifted away.

So, I urge you friends, if you are in need turn to him, see that he is there, waiting patiently to answer your prayers, meet your need, help you over this hurdle. No, the answer will not always come the way you think it should, but it will come the way He knows is best and that gives him the most pleasure and glory. Don’t allow yourself to drift away, don’t waste your time searching for another way, stop looking for a something or someone else. Cast your gaze on”the One,” who can satisfy your deepest longings and needs; He who holds the world in the palm of his hand, surely has a solution to whatever you need. Just like the invalid man wanting to get into the pool for healing, his answer was right in front of him. Jesus. He had looked for someone to help him, that someone was the Lord. Read it in John 5:1-10 It is a great picture of how helpless we are without the Lord. How long will you wait before turning to him and inviting him into your situation?

I will leave you with these gems:
Psalm 16:5-9 “You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. 6 How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are! 7 I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. 8 I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.”

2 Peter 1:3 “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.”

Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Psalm. 37:39-40 “The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40 The Lord helps them and delivers them; he delivers them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in him.”

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