"Go and make disciples…and teach them to observe all that I have commanded you." (Matt 28:19-20)

We must be near Him to hear Him


 

Matthew
14:23 (ESV):
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on
the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone,”
            To
hear the voice of the Lord…to know His will.
This is a desire shared by, I dare say, every individual who calls Jesus
their Savior.  How do we know what He
wants?  How do we know what it is that we
should do in this life?  Are we pleasing
Him by the way we live, act, speak, think, and treat others?  It is one thing to say that we want to please
the Lord, but as James reminds us, we must “be
doers of the Word, and not hearers only.”

            If
we, like Jesus, are not stealing away to find that time and place where we can
be alone with God, then there is absolutely NO WAY we can know the Father’s
will.  One can only know the Father’s
will by spending time Him.  Our lives are
so busy today, and time is always a precious commodity.  All of us have the same amount of time every
day.  Spending time with the Father is
not an issue of time, but an issue of choice.
We make time to do in our lives what we deem important.  So the question becomes, “Is the Father
important enough to us to spend time with each day?”  Jesus proved by His actions that he Father
was the most important person in His life.
Time after time, Jesus made conscious effort to remove Himself from the
crowd so He could draw near to the Father.
James 4:8 teaches us to “Draw near
to God and He will draw near to you.”

            If
we are to know the Fathers’ will and live in a way that is pleasing to Him, we
must spend time with Him.  No matter what
is going on in the world, no matter what problems we face, He is the solution.  Let us thank God for loving us as we are, and
for loving us enough not to leave us as we are.
He has chosen to lead us (through
our relationship with Him)
into a life of wholeness.
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