Today I began my search for that smell in the refrigerator. My wife had gone through and tossed out any possible source, thought we had it, but no. So as I start digging and searching I am reminded of our lives. We at times find ourselves struggling to spend time with God and when we do we find that we are not hearing Him so well, or the words in the Bible dont seem to be turning on that "light bulb". Its in those time we may want to take an inventory of our lives. Is there something thats starting to stink? Maybe we have a thing we like that we are putting before God, causing Him to be put in the back seat in our life. Unlike the fridge, we cant really use our nose to find the source. But we can seek out God and His word.
We tend to give up or be distracted pretty easily, truth is thats when we should be looking all the harder. Thats when we dig deeper into His word and meditate on it. Thats when we should be spending more time in prayer. One of the biggest things we will end up finding is that our heart wasnt in it all the way.
Jeremiah 29:13 "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Thats a promise! One of the things we can stand on is God never goes back on a promise, unlike man, He will always keep His word. So we should be seeking His word to see what these promises really are, and standing on them!
The truth is God is never far from us, it is we who distance ourselves from Him. Another promise found in Hebrews 13:5 "...because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
So when we find ourselves a little dry in our walk, when our light isnt shining quite as bright, just know that it is us and not God. He wants to be right there, He wants to share Himself with us. Jesus gave His life on cross, conquering death to bring us closer to the Father. That we could experience Him more. James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
We can stand on His word and it will always be there for us to pull from.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."
God wants to give us a better life, a life free from the grip of sin and decay. To be near us. So let us recognize when things get a bit stinky, to dig our heels in, go against the pull of the world. To get past all the stuff. In my fridge I found it by digging deeper, we too can find it in our life if we dont give up. God wont leave us hanging, even when we stink a bit, He wants to help us through it. Thats how He rolls. Stay Blessed, PJ