Unsearchable

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‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3

I had just answered my son’s 73rd question of the day and it was only one o’clock in the afternoon. I try to be patient and answer each question with as much thought and energy as the first one of the day, but it gets difficult. I was a little frustrated and gave him a quick, “Yes!” In which he quickly reminded me, “Mommy, you know why I ask you lots of questions? You are the mom and you know everything. I am just a kid. It’s your job to teach me.”   Well, what can you say to that?

Our Lord and Savior promises to tell us wonderous and amazing things we could never imagine. In the NIV translation (Jeremiah 33:3) they use the word “unsearchable.” Unsearchable is defined as “not searchable; not lending itself to research or exploration; not to be understood by searching; hidden; unfathomable; mysterious: the unsearchable ways of the universe.”

Who doesn’t like to know hidden, secret, mysterious things?! God is offering each of us the opportunity to know “great and unsearchable things.” Things we will never know unless we ask Him to reveal them to us.

Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, Ephesians 3:8

The Bible is the perfect map for life’s adventure/journey. It is God’s word – spoken to you and to me. He is reaching out and wants us to call out to Him so that He can reveal “marvelous and wondrous” things to us. We don’t need a secret map, a special key, lots of money or anything else to have these things – we only need to call to Him. When He answers, will you be listening?

‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ – Jeremiah 33:3 (The Message)

In This World

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My son’s favorite question to ask is, “Mommy, are there . . . (superheros, bad guys, sharks, etc.) in this world?” I get a couple of those questions each day. He is trying to figure out if everything he reads about, sees on TV or hears is real “in this world.”

Most recently, I found myself trying to explain that there are bad guys in this world, but they don’t have super powers.  I’m not sure how it came out and I don’t even remember what I said, but he seems to get it.  Or maybe I just confused him so much he dropped the subject. There are so many things in this world and many of them are wonderful and just as many are not.  As Christians, how do we keep ourselves from getting confused about what is true and what isn’t?  How do we make decisions that will store up treasures in Heaven and not focus on the temporary wealth of this world?

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. Matthew 6:19

Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.” Mark 10:21

We MUST read God’s written Word, study it, pray, soak in God’s presence and worship Him.  All of these practices have led me to a close relationship with my heavenly Father.  My close friends and I often ponder, “How do those who don’t know Christ make it through this world and the tragedies, pain, heartache, sickness, despair . . . .?”

Honestly, I don’t think they do.  I believe they have turned to wealth, alcohol, work, drugs, pornography, exercise and anything else they can put all their focus on to numb the reality of pain, loss and loneliness they feel.  My favorite song (I call it my life theme song) is by Mandisa.  It is called Only The World.  She says it best in the lyrics from this song:

Cause it’s only the world I’m living in, It’s only the day I’ve been given. There ain’t a way I’m giving in Cause it’s only the world. I know the best is still yet to come cause even when my deeds in the world are done. It’s gonna be so much more than only the world to me.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:4-5

“They” Say

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Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation in line. “You know what they say?”, the woman declared while trying to prove her point to a friend. “No what?”, her friend asked, as if she was waiting for the million dollar lottery number to be given to her. I couldn’t help but smile to myself. I desperately wanted to ask her . . . “Do you know who “they” are?”

“They” say a lot don’t they?! Who are “they” anyway? I always think about that when I hear or make a statement with that as the defense. It makes you realize how careful we need to be not to get caught up and worry about what “they” say more than what Jesus says. To often we resort to the news, friends, TV stars or other groups to help us shape our morals, values, decisions or actions. All the direction and guidance we need is in God’s written Word.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus points out several “they said” examples and corrects us on the truth. He clearly points out what “we have heard” and directs us back to His Word.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. Matthew 5:38-39

You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:43-44

No matter how young, old, rich or poor we might be, we can never go wrong when we are setting an example of Christ to others around us. But, to do this you must study His word, know His ways, His truth and what “He” says.

Mire

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I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:1-2

As we sang a great song about Psalm 40:1-2 driving down the road, my daughter asked, “What is mire, anyway?”  “Wet and soggy mud”, I said. “Yuck”, that sounds terrible she resounded.

Yes, as adults, we know exactly how ugly, soggy, messy and dismal life’s circumstances can be. Right now, I have a list of prayer requests that range from restoring a marriage to healing a 7-year-old friend of my daughter’s with terminal cancer. We certainly know how the mud and mire of life can get thick and we can sometimes get stuck in it unable to find our way out or lacking the strength and faith to fight our way out.

Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Psalm 31:2

So many times we are searching for an answer, looking for a way out, grasping at anything we can get our hands on with the hope that this time we are successful – that we will be able to pull ourselves out of the mire. I have good news and bad news . . . We can’t do it. We can’t pull ourselves out, but God can and He will if we ask and allow Him to.

The problem is – unlike this world that forces its ideas, temptations, and moral code on us – God will not force Himself on us. He wants us to choose Him. To choose His promises and His truth. It seems so easy it doesn’t seem real, but it is! He is! After telling me about a difficult situation she had endured, my friend said to me, “Everyday I get up and I choose trust!” Every part of this world is pulling her back into the mire, but she gets up and chooses God.

We have to choose it! He desperately wants us to grab the hand he has extended out to us and pull us out of the mire  and put on solid ground, but we have to choose Him. We have to choose to take His hand. Will you accept and step out of the mire and on to the Rock?

“The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior! 2 Samuel 22:47