By: Dawn Ashley
Sometimes we have long difficult seasons to walk through in our lives. Other times it may just be a trial or situation we find ourselves facing and we are struggling. In these places, I know I often find myself looking for someone to talk to. I have a longing for someone to understand , to sympathize with me and to help me navigate the way. My nature is to reach out to someone close to me, like my husband or a friend, and “process”. God puts these people in our lives and I am sure we all will agree He can speak through them to provide us comfort and wisdom and to help guide us through some difficult times in our lives. They come along side us and we feel we have someone there to hold on to and weather the storms of our life with purpose and direction. There is nothing like that kind of prayer warrior in our lives and when we have our spouses and friends praying for us God can truly move mountains. But what I want to challenge you with today is something the Lord has been showing me lately.
What about those other times? Those times when we are not to “process” with or go to those people in our lives. Simply put , sometimes we just need to go to God. This can feel like a “lonely” place. I mean after all God isn’t sitting in our living rooms. We can’t call Him up and ask Him to meet us for lunch. He isn’t walking around with skin on in our worlds right now. Yet, I believe that some of our biggest breakthroughs will come in our lives when we push through these barriers, press into the spirit, and go directly to our God, our Creator, our Abba “Daddy” and crawl up in his lap and talk to Him directly. Jesus Christ removed the barrier between us and God (that was there because our sin separated us from God). Jesus paid this penalty. It is a privilege to come into His presence. The Bible says:
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16).
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14).
If you don’t know how to get started and it feels awkward, talk to God like you would that friend. Jesus disciples even asked the Lord to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1).
God gets us more than anyone else, even those that love us the most on this earth; after all He created us. Think of it like this. For those of your who are parents out there. What if you saw your child struggling, hurting or in need. Would you want to help them? How much more do you think our God‘s heart is for us? What if your child was going to other people to help them and not to you, their parent who loves them unconditionally? How would you feel? Why do we think God would be hurt any less than we would? Why do we do the same thing to our God? He has the answer, the key, to whatever it is we need and He wants to give it to us! He wants that relationship with us. We are not a burden to Him. He misses us when we aren’t spending time with Him, talking to Him, and listening to Him. Yes I said “listening” to Him. That’s the other challenge I have for us. Let’s face it as women we know how to talk, to vent, to process, but what if we spent as much time being still and just “listening” . If we could just practice this with God I believe we will hear directly from His heart; from the throne room of Heaven. Don’t you think that is where the greatest source of comfort lies; the kind of comfort that can turn a heart of stone into flesh again?
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)
Don’t you think God himself is the one who would also impart to us the most divine wisdom, the type that would make any of our crooked paths straight.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Honestly it isn’t always about our words, sometimes we just need to sit with our thoughts before the Lord, after all he sees our hearts and if we are honest aren’t there times where we just don’t’ have the words. The Bible says:
“the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26).
Take this challenge with me my friends, next time we feel led to “process” with our husbands or call and “vent” to one of our friends, let’s take a minute to seek the Lord and see if He just wants us to come to Him.