Does God know our thoughts?

Well that’s a fair question and that’s a good question isn’t it.

“O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar, you discern my going out and my lying down, you are familiar with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3)

And the answer is, apparently yes He does.

So why do we live as if God doesn’t know every single thought, every single want and desire we have?

Do we think He’s not listening or He’s not paying attention or that we get so many “gimme’s” before we have to pay the piper? It is probably more like, yea I know what the bible says, I know what God is telling me, but it’s easier to live by my standards than Gods standards. It has worked so far, right?

We think we aren’t hurting anyone when we ignore God, however I keep thinking of proverbs 16:25. There is a way that seems right but in the end it leads to death, or Galatians 6:7—8 —9—10 “7 Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”

We can ignore God all we want but just because we ignore the truth doesn’t mean the truth has changed. You can’t ignore God and get away with it forever. Somehow, someway, Gods gonna catch up with you.

I think too that maybe we are disregarding a few other things here? How do you think god feels when we ignore Him? Well, how do you feel when during an important speech or presentation you give no one stops talking and in fact they blatantly keep right on doing what they are doing, ignoring you and your speech. How do you feel when you are totally ignored in a dept store or in a restaurant. You feel disregarded , alone and disrespected. You think God feels any different?

We can’t ignore God’s only Son,
He is the Lord, the Holy One;
He is the source of life and grace,
The One who died and took our place. —Fitzhugh

He is a fool who ignores God.

May we be able to say with the psalmist, “My soul follows close behind You” (63:8).

Just a thought………

Dottie

………and so I ride

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Unlikely lessons

I have been trying to figure this out for a couple of weeks now. Why are lessons so tough to learn sometimes, why are we put through tough times with companions like loneliness, abandonment, illness, and despair, all in the name of “life lessons”?

Sometimes it is hard to know God’s plan in your life and you can drive yourself crazy looking for answers. I guess that at times, God needs us to walk through the fire when we are simply not getting it by reading books, even the Bible and going to church and hanging with friends who think like we do. Hmmmm……………..could it be we can learn a lot more by observing and walking with the Master than simply reading  and talking about Him?

I think if we are honest with ourselves we all have situations that go  from excruciatingly painful to excruciatingly beautiful because of what God did, because of how He did it, because of what He showed us during the situation and because of what He keeps revealing after the fact. Even though it might have been the most pain you have ever been through in your life, when you got through it you could whisper a heartfelt “Thank You God”.

It seems that even when we believe we are walking closely with God, there are always things to learn and improvements to be made. It is incredibly easy for our attention and even our devotion to move from God to any number of things in our lives. It could be our jobs, it could be money, it could be our spouses (yes I did just say that), it could be anything and it is easier than you think for those things to compete with or even replace God.

 It can happen without you even realizing it and the results can be devastating. But God is pretty good at giving us those “hey will you pay attention now” little love pats.

When something becomes more important than God, good things are not going to happen. But as God is guiding us into His ways He is providing support and almost always if we are honest, we just need to choose to either accept His help or keep wallowing in our own sorrow.

Do we really believe that God can fix our marriage, heal our illness or do we simply say we do?  Do we eat, breathe and drink that fact that God is bigger than ANYTHING we are facing or do we simply say we do?

I don’t know about you but it seems to me that unlikely heartaches may teach us the biggest lessons, if we let them.

 

Dottie

………….and so I ride

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There is great comfort for me in the scripture Joshua 1:9. It says to not be terrified, or discouraged for God will be with me where ever I go. There ya go, it doesn’t get much plainer than that.

But have you ever had a day when you wonder if God is paying attention? You are wondering that because you are feeling alone and scared at 2 am, you are having trouble keeping the “what if’s from running rampant, and it is all you can do to keep from sitting in the corner covered with a blanket, let alone trying to remember God’s  promises to you.

Yes, I know that our wonderful God is leading, guiding and loving us in ways that only He can. He provides all that we need, strength, peace, love, joy and hope.  I know all that, I know God is real, God is there and God can help us…………………why then do we tend to walk off into the dark all alone and stumble about in a miserable fit? Well, because we are human, that is why.

We don’t see how God is working for our good behind the scenes and He is doing this absolutely 100 percent of the time. We are human, there is no way we can understand what He is doing, why He is doing it or when it will become apparent to us.

We don’t see it because we are focused on ourselves and our situation, not on Him.

We don’t always remember it, but He is there.

We don’t always sense Him, but He is there.

Want some reassurance? Let these scriptures speak to your heart.

Isaiah 43: 1-3 and 13

Psalm 139:1-6

Jeremiah 31:3

Sometimes it is a struggle to remember that God loves me unconditionally, unselfishly, totally and completely. He created the world for me, He chose me, He died for me and He promises never to leave or forsake me.

No matter how far I stray from this truth and how misguided my attention may be, it does not change the truth of God’s love for me. I can’t buy it, I don’t deserve it and the wonderful thing is, I can’t keep Him from loving me.

So I have rightfully concluded that if anyone is not paying attention, it’s probably me.

Dottie