Daily Archives: January 22, 2018

It’s In The Attitude

Am I Looking To God?

January 22 

By Oswald Chambers

Am I Looking To God?

Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says, “Look to Me, and be saved….” The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult. Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere. The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ. “Look to Me….”

Many of us have a mental picture of what a Christian should be, and looking at this image in other Christians’ lives becomes a hindrance to our focusing on God. This is not salvation— it is not simple enough. He says, in effect, “Look to Me and you are saved,” not “You will be saved someday.” We will find what we are looking for if we will concentrate on Him. We get distracted from God and irritable with Him while He continues to say to us, “Look to Me, and be saved….” Our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow all vanish when we look to God.

Wake yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter how many things seem to be pressing in on you, be determined to push them aside and look to Him. “Look to Me….” Salvation is yours the moment you look.

 

Can We Really Know God?

From: Carole O. Schryber

“Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” Exodus 6:6-7ESV

The judgment on the Egyptians was God’s way of demonstrating that He wanted a relationship with His people (the Israelites). God wanted them to know what He could and would do for them. He didn’t want them to just know of Him. He wanted them to know Him. There is a great distinction between knowing God exists and actually knowing Him.

If I were to show you a picture of my husband, John, you’d be able to recognize him if he came in the room. You might say, “That’s John Schryber.” You might even be able to recount certain things you’d heard about him—that he’s a lawyer, that he has three grown children, that he loves the St. Louis Cardinals! But you couldn’t say, “I knowJohn Schryber.” That would require more than seeing his picture and knowing a few facts about him. That would require having a relationship with him.

God’s desire was to have a relationship with the Israelites. If He intervened in their lives by rescuing them from bondage, and if He kept His covenant with them, they would begin to know Him in a personal way. They would want to worship and serve Him. Therefore, before every plague, God gave the pharaoh the reason He wanted them to be free. It wasn’t just to have a nice home, a prosperous life, and freedom from the pain of slavery. God said: “Let my people go so that they will serve Me.” In some translations of the Bible, it’s “so they will worship Me.”

God’s purpose for freedom was spiritual, not physical. It was to be in personal relationship with Him. By demonstrating His power and releasing them, His people would truly know Him as God and desire to be in His presence and serve Him. It was—and still is—God’s desire that we know Him, not just know of Him.

Today I Pray – Lord, I confess I’ve failed to take the time to really know You. Forgive me. I have faith that You will reveal Yourself if I will just seek You.