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Have you ever wondered what God is thinking? What really occupies the mind of God? What bothers Him? What makes Him happy or sad or even angry? It may sound silly to some. I don’t know why I think about things like this, but I do.
If I had to guess, I would think what occupies God’s mind more than anything are the ways He can use His children and a host of angels to bring the lost to Christ. I’m sure it bothers and greatly saddens God that so many are lost and have not accepted His gift of salvation through His son, Jesus. I’m not sure what angers God; maybe when He sees how our nation has turned its back to Him on so many levels. I was listening to David Jeremiah the other day and he said, “When you turn your back on God, that is when chaos ensues.”
Well, we certainly are experiencing chaos, are we not? I guess we really have no idea how much God literally holds our world together for us when we are looking to Him, trusting in Him and obeying Him. I think our nation is experiencing a little bit of what it is like when our eyes look away from God. I say a little bit because we have no idea how bad it will really be if we continue without Him. More than ever, we as Christians need to be in prayer and hold strong to the scripture in II Chronicles 7: 14 that says, “If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
I believe it is the little things that make God happy. There is one thing I know you can do that truly pleases God. It is a little thing in our eyes but means so much to God when we actually do it. There probably are not many who still practice this, but I think it gets God’s attention when we find a private, quiet place and get on our knees to pray. There are many ways to pray to God and they are all fine practices. The most important thing about prayer and communication to God is just doing it, no matter how it is done, but I still think He loves to see us on our knees before Him in worship, thankfulness and in prayer to Him.
Discipleship, or telling others about God is another way of pleasing God. He commands us to go out into the world and make disciples. Matthew 28: 19-20. Right now, probably more than ever, there are so many who are hurting and who are in need. Take some time to look around and ask God to help you identify ways that you can help someone. It doesn’t have to be big; sometimes the smallest acts of kindness mean the most to people.
Maybe you are going through some difficult times yourself. Let me encourage you to find some time to be alone with God. Do whatever you need to do or go wherever you need to find that quiet and still place. It may be as simple as getting up an hour earlier in the morning when the house is quiet and everyone else is still asleep. God loves it when we make time for Him and in those intimate and quiet moments, God will meet you. Bring all your worries and concerns to Him. Matthew 11: 28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Father, we come to you today in praise and thanksgiving. We praise you because you love us. We praise you because you are truly worthy of praise. We lift our nation to you and ask you to forgive us. Our nation is in desperate need of your healing. We pray for all those who are in leadership. May they turn to you for the answers to all of their questions and may they turn to you for guidance. May we once again be a nation that holds true and believes “In God we trust.” I pray for all those who are in need right now. May they receive the healing needed in their minds and body. May we all find more time to spend with you. Bring encouragement to the oppressed. Bring healing to the sick. Bring protection to all those who are in harm’s way. Father, we pray a special prayer today for those who are being persecuted in Afghanistan. We ask you to send your angels of protection over each one. We ask you to make a way of escape where there seems to be no way out. We turn our eyes to you, Lord. We love you and give you our hearts and our minds in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Brad Shotts is a member of the Rotary Club of Waxahachie and attends Oaks Fellowship Church in Red Oak, where he serves on the ministry team. He loves serving his community.
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