Where is God? If we seek Him, we will find Him…

A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be assured that if any mischief occurred in their town, their two young sons were in some way involved.

The parents were at their wits end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior. The mother had heard that a minister in town had been successful in disciplining children in the past, so she asked her husband if he thought they should send the boys to speak with the minister.

The husband said, ‘We might as well. We need to do something before I really lose my temper!’ The minister agreed to speak with the boys, but asked to see them individually. The 8 year old went to meet with him first. The minister sat the boy down and asked him sternly, ‘Where is God?’  The boy made no response, so the minister repeated the question in an even sterner tone, ‘Where is God?’ Again the boy made no attempt to answer. So the minister raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, ‘WHERE IS GOD?’

At that the boy bolted from the room and ran directly home, slamming himself in the closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and asked what had happened. The younger brother replied, ‘We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it.’

Mischievous as the boys were, this humorous account of their experience should serve as a reminder to us all.  This reminder takes us to Matthew 6:33 where the words of Jesus tell us to, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”   Let us set our lives in order with this familiar passage.

With all that is going on in our world today, we can be flooded with distractions that can cause us to drift into excessive worry, thus causing us to stumble in our pursuit of seeking God first in all that we read, study, speak and do.  So let us decide now to answer the question of “Where is God ?” by seeking Him in the pages of the Word and committing ourselves to live for him no matter what comes our way. 

These thoughts shared from the love that I have for this congregation,

Kelvin Wells

What Is Your “Go to Guide?”

There are all kinds of self-help books on the market today. Books like, Stephen Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” or Eckart Tolle’s book, “The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment.

But for the Christian, what is our “go-to guide?”

As Christians we have a goal that reaches beyond this life and extends into the realms of heaven itself.  And one way to measure our spiritual progress is determined by what we choose to use as our spiritual “go-to guide.” And that “guide” should be our Bibles.

The Bible should be regarded by us as something extremely valuable, and something that we esteem highly.

Whenever a decision needs to be made, we should “go-to” the Bible. When troubles arise we should “go-to” the Bible. When comfort is needed we should “go-to” the Bible. When questions arise we should “go-to” the Bible.

Every deed we do, every decision we make, should all be done according to our “go-to guide” our Bibles. Because when it comes to our spiritual health the Word of God is our “go-to guide.”

Psalm 119:105 (ESV) –  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

The Word of God alone shows us where we presently stand in our relationship to God and it also reveals whether we are walking toward God or away from Him. If we find ourselves standing or walking in darkness, are we willing to do whatever it takes to correct it and realign ourselves in the light of His word?

I pray that all of us will make every effort, every day to evaluate our spiritual progress using God’s “go-to guide” for our spiritual health. Because, living Christian lives involves the whole person, – body, soul and spirit!

Grace and peace,

Tim Norman