Reasons To Seek God, part three

Read Psalm 91.

This is one of the places I go in the Bible to reassure myself of God’s arm of protection wrapped securely around me. I said before that I should’ve changed the title of this series to “Reasons For God To Put His Arm Around You.”

God wants to be close to us for many reasons. One is so he can guide us, another is so he can whisper sweet words into our ears, and still another is so he can protect us.

When I was little, I could stand on my father’s feet and he would walk with me and leave only one set of footprints. We can be like that with God. If we are so close to him that we’re covered by his shadow and our feet don’t even touch the ground, then we can rest in the protection that he provides.

If we’re walking on God’s feet, then we won’t fear “the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”

I especially like verses 14 and 15 spoken in confidence from a heart of faith as a reminder of God’s love for us.


“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Reasons To Seek God, part two

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you.

I said last time that I should’ve changed the title of this series to “Reasons For God To Put His Arm Around You.”

This season is a great time to allow God to comfort each of us in a sweet embrace. He chooses to be with us because he loves us, but he waits for us to choose to be with him.

Seek God for his presence. Find him in a place designed for just the two of you. Initiate a time of quietness where the world leaves you with the one who loves you more than anyone else.

When I have company over to visit, we sit around the room and speak in a mildly loud voice. When my husband and I are the only ones in the house, we tend to get closer and speak more softly. When we embrace, a whisper is just fine.

God will speak to a congregation through a willing person. However, that message is rarely as intimate as the one he speaks into your heart when you’re alone with him.

Take some time this season to be alone with God. And let him get as close as he wants.

Reasons To Seek God, part one

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.

I should’ve changed the title of this series to “Reasons For God To Put His Arm Around You.”

God wants to be close to us. If God were to put his arm around each of us individually, one of the things he’d do is guide us.

I’m reminded of the time my husband and my brother went Christmas shopping with me. We entered a jam-packed mall whose stores beckoned me. I tried to look in the front windows to see the very cool gift ideas and big red sale signs, but I had to be quick about it. My brother was on one side of me and my husband on the other side of me as they walked me down the center of the mall’s main hallway. Both had a hand on me because I wasn’t looking ahead, but kept my head glancing side to side as stores passed more speedily than I’d wished.

As a Christian, I think God guides us like that. His determination to get us where he wants us means he has to pull us along with his arm around us. Although we’re willing to go where he leads, we aren’t always aware of what’s ahead. We just know what we’re passing at the moment.

If we keep walking with God, he can speed us past the temptations that aren’t worth our browsing. If we stop at a sale that God isn’t interested in, we may miss the really important stuff he wants us to see.

Take the time this season to walk with God. And let him guide you.