In His Word 5-17-10

The song in my head this morning as I arose has the chorus, “ to wake up, got to wake up the world.” That is what woke me up this morning. Our God is amazing and has a great sense of humor. He knows what to wake me up with. I woke up in a good mood even though I am still tired enough to go back to bed. The sky is cloudy but the birds are singing a song to me today.

It is supposed to rain today. Rain is good, even if it is a little annoying, because it reminds us of God’s goodness. It reminds us that the gardens will be able to drink and produce new life. Even though we have to change our plans from out of doors to inside buildings, we can trust that God reigns in the rain!

I would rather wake up to the sunshine streaming through my window and shining on my face, with all well in the world. But this is not the world we live in. We live in a world that needs to truly wake up to what is going on around them and get right with God. Today, while there is time, make your heart right with Him. I write this to Christians and anyone reading this. These weekly articles are just to make you feel good, but to give you something to think about. We all need to be sure we are right with God every day.

Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” Genesis 8:20-22
Noah’s heart was right with God, he survived the most horrific flood, as did his household.

Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a loyal heart. 2 Chronicles 25:1-3
Amaziah did what was right in the sight of the Lord, but he did not have a loyal heart. His heart was not in the right place. If you read further in 2 Chronicles, you will find out that He did not heed the words of the Lord in his life.
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the LORD his God. And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered. 2 Chronicles 31:20-21
Hezekiah’s heart was right with God, he sought Him in all he did. God prospered him because he sought him with all his heart. God reigned in Hezekiah’s life and it was good.

My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:5-8
Throughout history, in the books of the Bible and in biographies, we can find people whose heart was right with God. They looked to Him as their beginning and their end. These people have lead countries, worshiped in His temple, helped hungry people and led nations into battle. We can see the good things God did in their lives. They made it through their struggles because they kept the faith, keeping their mind on God and His purpose for their lives. We also read about people who did what was right in their own eyes. What a rude awakening when they lose everything!

We need to cry out to God every day. Beginning and end each day with prayer, and I mean real prayer. It's not the length of time spend in His presence but the quality time spend there that matters most. Begin by asking God to make your heart right. Ask Him to direct your day and to guide you in your steps. Then allow Him to do so. Think on a scripture as you go through your day. Contemplate what it is all about. Ask, seek, find. It really is that easy.

Lord reign in us today! Direct our course. Give us wisdom where needed and guide our words. Help us to speak life, not death; and to encourage, not tear down. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.

Suggested readings: Psalm 62:1-12; 2 Samuel 7:1-29; Kings 3:5-24; Romans 6:1-23; Colossians 3:1-25.