I had the privilege of doing something that I had been looking forward to for a long time. On a recent vacation I got to go fly fishing on a trout stream. As I looked at others who were fishing on this particular river I noticed they were equipped with all the gear: waders, boots, vest, hat, net and of course that unique fly rod with an assortment of flies. All I had was a fly rod and one fly. I watched the experts and tried to pick up a few lessons. As I waded into that cold stream I soon learned something all by myself. When wading into a rocky trout stream you must not get in a hurry. The large slippery rocks coupled with unexpected drop offs can soon land you in the middle of the river. One slow step after another is the best was to stay on your feet.
As I thought of my careful walk through that rocky river I was reminded how we need to be careful in our walk with the Lord. The Bible warns God’s people about slipping. Hebrews 2:1 reminds us: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”. Our path in life can be as rocky as the Toccoa River in northern Georgia. The slippery rocks of temptations surround us, and the swift current of peer pressure pulls at us. We need to be careful to pay attention to God’s Word or else we will find ourselves upended and in over our head. We can slip in our faithfulness to the Lord’s house, we can slip in our attention to Bible study, and we can especially slip in our obedience to the Lord’s commands.
As we navigate our way through the rivers of this world we need to not get in a hurry. We must be careful in our walk lest at any time we slip and fall.
Where have you seen God at work lately? He is not an absentee landlord who created the world and set things in motion and sits in heaven letting us do the best we can down here in this world. God is alive, He is active and He is involved in the lives of His children. He reveals Himself in several ways if our eyes are open to see Him. We need to pray that our Lord would open the eyes of our heart that we may see Him.
We can see Him in our worship. As we exalt Him in song and the proclaiming of His greatness and glories we can get a clearer picture of Him. We can also see Him in the Word. When we read and study the scriptures we see an inspired picture of how God has revealed Himself. God speaks to us through His Word. He molds our character, He directs our path, and He changes our behavior through His Word. We can also see God as He works in people’s lives. When God saves a soul, calls a prodigal back home, changes our behavior, and answers our prayers we see Him in a new and fresh way.
As a pastor of a church I have a wonderful privilege of witnessing God sightings on a weekly basis. I have seen God show Himself in the indescribable peace in a terminally ill saint. I have seen God show Himself in a powerful conviction of a believer about to go off the deep end in sinful behavior. I have seen God in radically changed lives, in supernatural provision of needs and in unexplained answers to prayer.
The worship chorus says: “open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see you”. Is that the longing in your soul today? Do you want to witness first hand “God sightings”? Acts 17:27 tells us: “That they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us”. He is there, just open your eyes.
He was a stubborn old man in declining health. His wife was a faithful member of our church but he never came. The social workers who visited with him determined that he needed to get better nutrition. Then they gave him the good news that he qualified for meals on wheels. Every day the volunteers would deliver to the couple a hot meal with a balanced array of tasty, nutritious food. But no matter how the workers tried to coax the old gentleman to accept the meal he waved his hand at them and refused to eat it. He told them and his wife that all he wanted to eat was bologna sandwiches every day. That is all he had an appetite for.
Why would anyone prefer to eat bologna every day when they could have a hot nutritious meal? Seems strange doesn’t it? Yet many of God’s children do the same with their spiritual lives. Instead of chewing on the meat and potatoes of the Word of God, they load themselves full of bologna. Instead of a nutritious diet of Bible truth they fill up on entertainment and television. Instead of feasting on the riches of Christ they instead opt for computer games and social media. Joshua was told by the Lord in chapter 1 verse 8: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success”. If we are going to be successful in our walk with the Lord we need to meditate or (chew) on the Word of God.
One of the reasons why the church is so weak and anemic and doesn’t have a powerful impact on the world is that its members are malnourished because they have not been feeding on the Word. Psalm 1 tells us that the blessed man’s delight is in the law of the Lord in in His law he meditates day and night. How is your appetite? Are you full of the Word or full of bologna?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation