Removing Distractions -In His Word--3-2-2020

 This weeks In His Word is taken from a book I am writing at the moment. Please enjoy the words from the following chapters in Isaiah. 

Isaiah 40-43 

Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God.  “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone, and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.”

This morning I awoke with the kind of headache that is thick and heavy. I know that it was allergy related but that does not stop the pain in my head. The thing is this particular head pain comes from the gel medicine I put on my foot to reduce inflammation in my tendons from either over work or a wrong step that further stretches already outstretched tendons from too many injuries over the years. Too many times my feet have been injured and now they complain. 
As I broke open my Bible this morning, I turned to a few scriptures but was caught up in Isaiah 40. In this chapter we can find that famously overused quote “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” you know the one with the eagle posted with it all over social media? That one.

This morning though, I began reading without a specific idea of what I was looking for and I think for the first time I really thought on what was going on.  God is running down the life and times of Israel and everyone in it and telling them to wait for it!  He is not just saying wait on Me and I will make you strong; our God is saying He has done this for those who seek Him not self-satisfaction but God for God’s sake. Not just to get something from Him but to worship Him, to love Him, to care what He wants in our lives and not to just fit Him into our boxes when we need something or desire something. I got the idea that we should not be just praying God fix this, or give me this, or show me how to get to this from this point… we need to be seeking Him in all things. We need to be seeking Him in our sorrow.
We need to be seeking Him in our happiness.
We need to be seeking Him in our confusion.
We need to seek Him while He may be found; for He will not always be found.
We need to realize that He already is in control, it’s not about us giving Him the control but realizing that He has our lives in the palm of His hand. It is about deciding that we believe He has us in the palm of His and when we seek Him it should be to see what He wants us to do in life.  Then we need to walk in that.
I do not know why today it stood out to me, there is no mention of who you marry, what job you get, just that you, me, us, we are called to be His people.
As His people we can know that He will never forsake, leave or desert us; but people will.
He will never leave us comfortless; but people will.
He will never be untrustworthy; but people will.
He personally will never fail us; but we will fail Him time after time and yet, He still loves us and will keep us, nudging us back on path with His loving hands. So why do we worry? Why do we focus on just what we want in life? Why do we put so much pride in thinking we know the mind of God… for who can know the mind of God? Surely not man!

Though David was called a man after God’s own heart; David did not know the mind of God. He came close to understanding, but nope, not even David.
Jacob went in faith to find a wife and ended up with two. Did you ever ask why?  I believe it was one man’s deception and another man’s desire for what he wanted things to be like that he did not see the deception in the other man. God brings a nation from these two women, but the one that Jacob desired the most brings for the salvation of the nation eventually. It is through Joseph that they are saved more than once. God used these men through their trials, and despite their pride and confusion at times to continually do His will through them. He tries again and again to teach Israel’s people to follow Him and the guidance He gives to do the right things and be happy. But man, continually tries to do it on his own, thinking God did not need to take care of everything, that He was not concerned with each of them; but He was and is. He is concerned for each of us, He cries when we cry. Who is man that He is mindful of us? For real, He cares so deeply for us in a way we cannot fathom as humans, but we try. We try to figure God out left and right and if we read His Word, our Bibles today we can find so many things about Him to get a clue of what He wants in our lives. Its simple really.
Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?  O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
Have you never heard? Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:26-31

Yet we grow weary. We get tired and wish we could just get the things we want to line up to line up. So why do they not? Why do we not know what God wants us to do?
I believe it is all a matter of trusting that He sees our next step and as I said, He will nudge us toward that spot. Though our salvation has only to be accepted to be activated our live path must be walked through.

Listen! It’s the voice of someone shouting, “Clear the way through the wilderness for the Lord! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!  Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places. Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. The Lord has spoken!” Isaiah 40:3-5

We are to make straight the path; we are to show others how to walk on it; we are to follow Him through it.

Make straight the path.
How? Well in our own lives we can make the path straight by removing distractions.
Clear the way through the wilderness of life for each of us. That could be so many things, work, gaming, stressing over things we need to take care of; to clear this away in prayer and in guidance from those who are in our lives who know what to do helps us to remove clutter from our lives and clear the way.
Look up! In verse 26 of Isaiah 40 it calls us to remember Who He is. He has created us, but not only that but all things. He made everything and yet we try to put so many things before Him. Why do you think that is? I am persuaded to think it is the enemy who would put everything in this world before our eyes. Monetary gain is ony a portion. The cares of this world are paying bills, finding contentment in selfish things, and even sometimes worrying about helping others.  Even looking for another person to love us and make us feel loved can be a distraction in life.

Take some time this week to examine yourself and see if there is something or someone to illuminate from your life and help yourself to become less distracted from doing what God wants you to do. See if you find peace!
Heavenly Father help us to become less distracted by life and more focused on following the steps You put before us to follow. Direct our path through Your Word today. In Jesus’ name, amen.