Some days the hurts of the world–and the sin that causes those hurts–darkens my view of God. This morning was one of those days. That is always a time to chase God hard.
There is so much joy in simply taking the time to seek the face of God. He faithfully reveals what blocks our view–if we seek Him. The truth for me is that I get in the way…or rather, sin in me gets in the way. Seeking Him means humbling accepting my failings. It isn’t about the sin I am seeing in others.
The sweet admonition the Father led me to this morning is in Malachi:
Set your heart to honor my name.
When I fix my eyes on the stuff of this world and allow it to interfere with giving holy awe to the King of Kings, I dishonor His Name. God is not uncaring or inattentive. He is on the throne and working out great good. Malachi reminded the children of God that the covenant of life and peace calls for reverence.
There is a companion admonition to this that God gave me this morning:
Let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart. Zechariah 7:10b
We are all impure in this world. None are righteous. Christ gave Himself for the Church and is busy bringing it to maturity. At the last supper, Christ said he would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He drank it new in the Kingdom. We can and need to fellowship with Him as individuals all the time, but there is a glorious fulfillment of the Kingdom coming. He is the vine; our lives produce fruit. He is waiting until the fruit is ripe; who am I to do less. As we drink of the fruit in this life, we are to remember Him. His purposes.
My prayer is that this restores YOUR view of the Lord as it did mine. As I wrap out and head out to enjoy the day, I leave you with this promise and a video to encourage you to leap and frolic for the King is on the throne!
2 “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. 3 On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.