December 20th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Today happens to be Wednesday, what we call the middle of the week. It also happens to be the Wednesday right before Christmas. So why we have a few days left, let’s call this “Check up Wednesday” and do a little spiritual heart surgery before we celebrate the birth of our King!

I don’t know about you, but there are times when I find myself questioning God. I’ll ask things like, “God, can You hear me now?” “Where are You, God?” “When is it going to be my turn, God?” Sound familiar?

But once you’ve asked the question, have you ever just stopped to hear God’s response? Or do you just assume He’s not going to answer? Have you ever stopped to answer the questions God has for you? Which, if you haven’t noticed are the same questions you asked Him. “Mark, can you hear me now?” He asked that when my life is so full that I have very little time to pray, to worship, or basically I’m just squeezing Him in when it’s convenient for me. I can’t hear Him because there so much other noise in my life that’s drowning out His voice. “Mark, where are you?” Again, He’s asking because there are all kinds of people around me who need help, guidance, a kind word or prayer, but I have my eyes closed and I can’t see them, only my immediate needs. “Mark, when’s it going to be My turn?” He ask that when I’ve been spending my time with everyone else but Him.

I guess it wouldn’t matter if Christmas were right around the corner or not, it’s always this way. So, let’s call today, “Check Up Wednesday!” and do a little self-diagnosis!

Why? Because a lot of us need to do a self-diagnosis of ourselves. We’ve diagnosed everybody else and their problems. Now it’s time to have the Holy Spirit take a look within us.

When we really feel all alone and wondering where God is, let’s really ask ourselves, “Who moved?” Him? Or me? When I don’t feel like God is really hearing what I have to say, or is concerned about the wellbeing of my life, let’s ask ourselves who cares more about my life more – Him? Or me? When I feel like life isn’t fair and I’m constantly getting run over, let’s ask ourselves if we’d send our only Son as a baby to take the place of not just a few people, but all people who are willing to receive Him?

Here’s the Bible verse that spurred that all on…
“The LORD God is waiting to show how kind He is and to have pity on you. The LORD always does right; He blesses those who trust Him.” Isaiah 30:18 CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Check yourself. Check what you’re listening to. Check where you’re going. Check what you’re doing. Check the limits you’ve placed on God. Yes, He’s listening… are you?

Speak to me today, I’m listening. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen