“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:2).
I was cleaning out my purse last week and found something I had forgotten I had – and I missed out on a special treat. I presently work at Publix and every month our corporate bosses give us a coupon for a free something in the store. Last month is was for a delectable new dessert item that I was looking forward to trying. But I got busy with other things and the offer expired while the coupon was folded up in my purse. I missed out on a sweet treat because I was distracted and not paying attention to what I had been given.
I’m sure you know where I’m going with this. God gives us so many blessings, so many wonderful treats and delightful surprises, but we are often fail to notice. We miss out on so much He wants to give us because we are too busy and distracted by life and the world. We run in frantic circles trying to accomplish all we think we must while the Lord invites us to sit at His feet and hear His heart (Luke 10:38-42). We have peace summits, peace talks, and peace marches that offer little to no peace; Jesus says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you” (John 14:27). We give our hearts and bodies to others in search of love – all the while God is proclaiming, “I have loved you with an everlasting love,” (Jeremiah 31:3). We search for something solid and sure in this unstable world, failing to recognize that “there is no Rock like our God” (1 Samuel 2:2). And when we get lost in this world filled with fake news and “alternative truths,” Jesus is “The Way, The Truth, and the Life” (John 14:6).
What’s the key to not missing out on God’s good blessings? James said it best, “Come near to God and He will come near to you, (James 4:8). Draw near to God through time in His Word and through prayer every day. That is undistracted time (I’m preaching to myself here). Time solely and intentionally devoted to God. You may have to turn off your phone, shut down FaceBook, close out your emails – even (shudder) get up a little earlier. “But I’m so busy, I don’t have time to give, and I’m too tired every day to give up sleep!” I get it – I’m busy too, working full time, going to school, taking care of my home and family (including a husband recovering from shoulder surgery), teaching Bible Study, and serving in Women’s ministry at my church and I’m lucky if I get 6 hours of sleep a night. But drawing near to God isn’t something we should try to “fit in” – it is a necessity, something we must consider a priority. Dear friend, imagine how much time and trouble you and I would save if we approached our day with a peaceful, calm, assured spirit. Wouldn’t you like to face your workplace filled with the peace of Christ? How might it change your relationships if you knew God loved you with an everlasting, sacrificial love? Might your day go a little smoother with a rock-solid foundation under your feet? How comforting would it be to be able to sort out the truth amid the lies and deception of the world?
God is offering you all these blessings and so much more. Don’t miss them. Don’t get so busy and frantic that you forget what God has already promised to you. Draw near. Breath deep. Listen. Meditate. Soak. Then go out and face your day with the peace, love, assurance and wisdom that comes from God alone. Don’t hide His promises out of sight and mind. Claim what is yours today.
Holy Father, I know Your blessings never expire like my coupon, but I give up so much when I fail to “cash in.” I miss out on so much – especially Your sweet presence – when I get frantic and over-busy. Call me to sit at Your feet. Remind me every morning to draw near so that I can face my day filled with Christ. Amen.