Topic: “Urban Camo”
Have you ever walked into a courtroom and faced the Judge for something you’ve done wrong? I have and it is not an enjoyable experience. I noticed that the Judge was much less tolerant of one person in particular who was wearing a ball cap, shorts, and a tank top – than he was with me. The Judge instantly corrected the hat situation and then went on to reprimand the guy for his choice in attire. I wasn’t dressed extremely fancy I had on a pair of khaki pants and a button-down, collared shirt in all blue – no tie. When I stood before him, I responded with “yes sir” or “no sir” and kept my facial expression as if he were teaching me something. He was, in fact, teaching me something; don’t do it again! My point is that we all experience situations where the manner in which we present ourselves in public matters and I believe the same for presenting ourselves to God.
I wouldn’t accept a cardiologist that was about to operate on my son’s heart, to be dressed in coveralls, workboots, and a hardhat, however that same fella I would gladly accept (or at least listen to) to build a retaining wall alongside my driveway.
Would you hire a man smelling strongly of cologne, wearing a 3 piece suit, not looking you in the eye, and shaking your hand with the strength of a child to operate a crane in the steel mill? Possibly not.
This morning in Bible study, we wondered why lately God doesn’t seem to be answering our prayers. Well, the question is: How are we approaching Him? We turn to the Bible.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:12-16)
First, we see that we need to come boldly before the Lord.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalms 100:4-5)
Next, we see that we need to thank Him, acknowledge him and He promises us His love and faithfulness.
10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith. (1 Thessalonians 3:10)
6 And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
He always answers our prayers, just maybe not when we want, or how we want. We must be earnest with ourselves and then be earnest (confident) when we talk to Him, having faith that He is a great Father.
Maybe you (the reader) thought this may lead to the bashing of people’s style when entering a church. It is not. It is not our place to judge others, but to interpret for ourselves from the instructions in the Bible how we approach God – If this helps, it probably wouldn’t hurt to approach the Judge this way neither 🙂
Pray today, talk to God – He is waiting!
Please feel free to comment and have a great Monday!
Verse to “chew on”:
21 He changes times and seasons;
he deposes kings and raises up others.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.