Focus: Living in the presence of God
Lamentations 3:25 (NKJV) The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.
There is treasure to be found in the Word of God. In recovery, it’s sometimes hard to find the will to really hunt for it. When you don’t have the ability to dig deep, the next best thing is to read Bible based source material that will offer you the kind of spiritual food you need to help you grow stronger in a balanced way. Your needs are very specific right now. A person in recovery is better off finding a single nugget a day, and really absorbing it.
You are on the right track. The heart of God is touched by the interest you’ve taken in finding your way out of the dark place you’ve been. He has seen your heartache and your tears in the night. He wants you to heal—but He doesn’t want you to ‘move away’ from where you are right now in terms of your relationship with Him. He only wants you to come closer.
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His heart is right on track with yours. He is fully aware of all you have been through. He understands the complexity of your mind and how you tend to wonder about so many things you haven’t found answers for yet.
What He wants you to concentrate on today is the importance of living in an awareness of Him constantly. That’s what ‘waiting on Him’ and ‘seeking Him’ is really all about.
Hardly anybody has the time or ability to read the Bible all day everyday—but anyone can take a single verse and meditate on it for a whole day—asking God to open the eyes of their understanding to fully grasp it’s truth. If that’s something you want to try, I have some recommendations that will help you do it. First of all, I would suggest getting something to write on and taking the time to print out the words to Lamentations 3:25 by hand. It’s more personal when you do it in your own handwriting. When you’ve written the verse out, read it out loud two or three times. It’s good for you to hear yourself say the positive and affirming words this verse contains. Then, carry it with you today—wherever you go. Think of that verse as it goes where you go as, ‘God with you’.
If you have the time to take a few moments and list some of the ways God has already been good to you, that would be great. Whether you have time for that or not right now, just make it a point throughout your day to try to think of all the good things you can recall that have been blessings in your life. As each blessing comes to your mind, offer a little “Thank You Lord, for..…”
By focusing on past blessings, you will be reminded of the many times God has come to your rescue—answered prayer—helped you find something you thought you’d lost—healed you or someone you care about, and so on.
There is an old hymn called, “Count Your Blessings.” The end of the first verse says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” That statement couldn’t be truer. We are often overwhelmed by our problems because they are all we are thinking about. If we spent time focused on the faithfulness of the Lord throughout our lifetime and the many times He has spared us and blessed us, our current problems would come into proper perspective.
When we are filled with thankfulness—even more blessings are released to us. If you don’t believe it—try it for yourself. Spend this day thanking God for every thing you can possibly think of. I guarantee you will feel much better by the end of the day than you did at the beginning.
Recalling the goodness of the Lord is one way of ‘seeking Him’. By thanking Him for the things you are reminded of, you will be in constant contact with Him all day. Don’t ask Him for anything today. Just thank Him for what He’s done in the past. Just keep telling Him how much you appreciate what He’s done…but do it in detail. Instead of just saying, “Thanks for everything”, be specific. It means so much more.
Take the day off from worrying about the trials in your life. God knows all about the things that are bothering you. He can make it through a day without being reminded. Surely He’d be pleased to hear you remember the pleasures and the blessings He has supplied to you in the past.
God comes closer when we praise Him, according to His Word. What you need more than anything right now is the closeness of His presence. So remember your blessings today. Seek to recall His goodness. You will be comforted and refreshed.
Declaration: I will find new strength by living in the presence of God. I will spend time recalling His many blessings to me.
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