You know the old saying, “friends may come and friends may go”…but, there is One Who never leaves us. One Who longs for us to draw near to Him and confide in Him. Our Heavenly Father calls out to each one of us to turn to Him. Jesus longs for us to talk with Him and to fully place our trust in Him.
Psalm 27:7-9,11 (NLT) states in part, “Hear me as I pray, O Lord…My heart has heard You say, come and talk with me. And my heart responds, Lord, I am coming…You have always been my Helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!…Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path”.
Did you catch that? God says to us, “come and talk with me”. I don’t know about you, but I desire to do as the next line states and respond to my Lord with, “I am coming”. Yes, that is my desire and yet I somehow fall short of doing that very thing. Don’t get me wrong, I spend time talking with God. Unfortunately, I can also say that I look to other like-minded believers with whom to talk sometimes more often than coming to the Father. Why is that?
I think that for me it is just easier. It is my “nature”…my God-given personality to be around people. I like the connection; even more than that, I long for the connection I can have with a brother or sister in Christ. I believe God created us for relationship with each other. But, I personally tend to forget that He FIRST created us for relationship with Him. God created each one of us and He calls out to us, “come and talk with me”. Maybe we respond by talking with Him…for awhile anyway, but then we leave to do our own thing. We leave to pursue relationships elsewhere and sometimes forget to go back and “talk with” our Heavenly Father again.
The neat thing is He never leaves. He patiently waits for us to hear Him calling and to once again respond. God is always there. He is waiting to be our Helper. He is our salvation. God wants to be our teacher and to lead us along the right path. We need only quiet ourselves in His Presence and respond to His invitation to “come”. I praise God for the like-minded believers He has placed in my path. I also praise God for calling out to me to “come talk” with Him when my focus shifts to others ahead of Him. He is the One and Only Who shall never leave nor forsake me. Perhaps it is time I focus on remaining also in Him.
“Heavenly Father, I praise Your Holy Name. Thank You, Jesus, for calling out to me when my focus shifts to the things I can see in this temporal world and when I lose track of You. Lord Jesus, I praise You for the gift of like-minded brothers and sisters. I cherish those whom You bring into my life; may I bless them as they have blessed me. More importantly, Father God, I praise Your Holy Name that You never leave me. Thank You, Jesus, for calling to me to come and talk with You. Sometimes loneliness overwhelms me and I hear You calling. Sometimes tragedy strikes and You call to me. Other times You speak to me during a quiet moment of reflection. Praise be to Jesus that You never stop calling me. Thank You, Father, for creating me for relationship; first of all with You and then with others. Lord God, keep my priorities straight in that regard and lead me, always, down the right path. It is in the Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.”
Kami R. Lobner