"Then you will call upon Me...... Jeremiah 29:12
There are many reasons that we call upon a friend to meet. It could be to share a joy, catch up on life, obtain some support or give some. Reaching out to the friend and making the initial contact is a stepping stone of sorts. Upon each stone, the relationship is strengthening. When you see one another, you probably hug or at least smile a broad smile. Warmth is there and the friendship is growing.
Some people are lucky and have several people they call friends, I've mentioned it before that I feel I fall into this category. But what if we didn't have any friends. What if the only one we had to turn to was God.
Moses, the new leader of the Hebrew people, had no one to turn to except God. He called upon Him for guidance and leadership. Moses repeatedly called upon the Lord. Let's look at a few of the verses that reflect this story.
(Click each link and it will take to the ESV bible story)
Exodus 5: 19- 6: 1
Exodus 8: 10 -12
Exodus 10: 16-18
In each one of these Moses prayed to God. Moses felt comfortable speaking to Him. He did several things. Which included crying out to Him, questioning Him, and praying for others.
The key note is that he turned to God first. Who do you turn to first in your struggles or when you have a joy to share? In our Monday night group we had a variety of answers. Our spouse, trying to take care of it oneself, best friend, and Mother.
When you meet with a friend, no matter the reason for the meeting, don't you usually walk away feeling rewarded? That your time together was well spent and you are looking forward to the next time? I know that is usually how I feel.
Refreshed. Rejuvenated. Rewarded.
In seeking God to discuss the happenings of our lives, whether big or small, we can find this on a daily basis. He cares about the little things just as much as the big things. Seeking Him takes practice and time. No one expects us to be perfect or master the art of devotion in a short time. Start simple. Start small.
One of our members of the bible study shared what she does. It was like a light bulb came on instantly and I thought "that's so simple and so good!"
She says to herself as a reminder:
King James Version (KJV)
33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
God yearns for us to call upon Him. Here are some verses to help us understand what He desires to do for us.
Psalm 116: 1-7 Offers grace, mercy, and to listen.
Jeremiah 22: 2-3 Wisdom, great things we do not know, He answers.
Romans 10: 11-13 To be saved.
Moses met face to face with God on Mount Sinai for forty days and forty nights. He went here to obtain a second set of tablets with the Ten Commandments written on them. Do you know what Moses had done with the first set? Broke them in anger. God forgave him and showed him mercy. God looks at our hearts, not our outward appearances.
When Moses came off that mountain, his face shone. We too have the opportunity to shine God's love. Let us not put any other Gods (or things) before Him. Let us shine with God's love and be a reflection of to others.
With each opportunity to seek God, our friendship with him will grow, our faces with shine, and others will seek Him as well.
Let us pray,
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come to you today as broken people, and are grateful for your mercy upon our lives. May remember to join you in conversation. Where we will find answers in your time and that the grace you so willingly give will be spread upon our lives. May we be a reflection of your love for others to see, for others to inquire about, and may we find the courage to witness to them. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.