Seeking God with all our Heart ~ We Have Bread for the Hungry
Psalm 119:1-2 How blessed are whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.
Can You Hear Him?
What are some practical ways we can seek God with all our heart?
Did you hear the same answer as me? The most obvious came readily to me. Didn’t even have to think about it. Establish a daily quiet time and learn to be disciplined enough to keep it. Joyfully. With anticipation and expectation high in our hearts. Simple. Like the Nike slogan, we just do it. Sometimes it is that dogged determination that takes us over the hill and up the mountain and around onto the other side where victory lies. Dogged determination is a good thing to learn.
I am hearing other words in my spirit. Words that cut me to the quick and I must acknowledge them. Listen oh my soul. Listen to the Wisdom of the Ages. Listen to the answer powerful to change us. Really change us so we are the hands and feet of Jesus in our everyday walking about life.
Instead of looking inward, we change our focus and look outward. Love, the fulfillment of the Law is both a vertical and horizontal relationship.
What if we were to look for the hungry and feed them? In the local grocery store, look. Eyes speak and reveal soul hunger. Cart contents can reveal the pocket book.
What if we allowed compassion to move our hearts and look beyond our comfortable world? What if we went shopping prepared not to fill our own shopping list but to ask God to show us someone who has a need and then pay his or her grocery bill. Oh sure, it’s a little bit awkward to go up to the cashier and quietly tell her/him you are paying the person’s bill, but the awkwardness is worth the spark of joy and unbelief and WOW that lights their eyes. Even the cashiers are taken aback.
Be a friend to one who is lonely. Make yourself available to listen. Really, listen with your heart so you feel their pain. Instead of backing away from their mess and pain, compassion will move you into action. My memory takes me to a time not so long ago when I was in a Canadian Tire store and I saw a native, drunk, harassing one of the customer service gals. His shirt was undone to his navel, he was loud and the girls were embarrassed.
I could have easily ignored him. But I knew him. I knew his heart for Jesus and knew a little of his testimony. I couldn’t ignore him. He shared his heartbreak with me in the nuts and bolts aisle. I told him to button up his shirt and then helped him as his fingers trembled. I asked him if he needed a ride home. I found my husband in the fishing aisle and we walked our brother to our vehicle. My heart aches today as I think of him. Jesus saved him, did an amazing work in his life and yet because of a woman who had a hold on a bottle he backslid after years of sobriety.
I wasn’t thinking of the words of Jesus that day.
We can serve at soup kitchens, and we can invite others into our homes to break bread and fellowship. We can make extras so they can go home with arms and stomachs filled.
We can go through our bulging wardrobes and take our bests and favorites to services that clothe those who are in need.
We are in a land of plenty and yet needs are even more plentiful. We don’t need to go overseas; we can serve right where we are if we would see with the eyes of our hearts.
I hear Him saying, “Open the eyes of your heart to the needs. They abound. Will you choose to abound in love and good works? Will you choose to seek Me with all your heart and find Me in the faces of the poor, the hungry, and the unclothed? You hold the key to unlock prison doors and set the captives free.
As you welcome and give grace to the stranger, so you welcome Me into your midst.”
For I was hungry and you gave Me no food, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome Me and entertain Me, I was naked and you did not clothe Me. I was sick and in prison and you did not visit Me with help and ministering care. Then they also will answer, Lord when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? And He said, solemnly I declare to you, in so far as you failed to do it for the least (in the estimation of men) of these, you failed to do it for Me. (Amplified version)
Now that gives me a completely new perspective of practical ways I can seek God with all my heart! Will you ask Him what He wants you to do and then allow compassion to propel you forward?
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