There’s only been a few instances in my life when I had to sit still and watch the world keep moving on without me. The most difficult time was after a surgery when I was diagnosed with melanoma. It was difficult because while I was sitting I was also waiting for the pathology report to come back and find out if the surgeon had indeed gotten all of the cancer.
Thankfully all of my situations that involved sitting turned out to be okay and for that I’m thankful and blessed.
Does God Sit?
That’s a good question. When I stop and think about God and where He is at any particular moment, I often think of Him sitting on His throne. Why, because of what Isaiah said when he wrote “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple,” (Isa. 6:1).
When reading Isaiah’s description of what He saw in a vision, one would think God is just . . . sitting, hanging out, not really doing anything. But that is far from the truth. God is moving across the earth and the universe and He’s weaving in and out of time zones without restrictions. He’s even moving through different centuries, generations, and moments. For with God there is no time. We think of time on a linear plane–a beginning and an end. But with God, time is like a circle, for there is no beginning or ending of time because He Was, He Is, and He will FOREVER BE.
So where am I going with this? I want us to see that God is a God of action. He creates, He moves, He searches, He listens, He speaks, He watches, He sees, He loves (and with an everlasting love at that!) He isn’t just sitting. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, He teaches, convicts, woos, corrects, directs, speaks, and even performs miracles.
What does God want us to do? . . .
Going back to Jeremiah chapter one, God has just spoken to Jeremiah and shot down his excuses in Jeremiah 1:7, 8, then He went on to give Jeremiah some guidance–something to do.
And this is the part of the scripture that I want to focus on–verse 17:
“Therefore prepare yourself and arise,
And speak to them all that I command you.“
God ask Jeremiah to act. Yes, God is an active God and He is wanting us to be active too. He tells Jeremiah to:
Then God goes on to say at the beginning of verse 18, “For behold, I have made you this day...” God says the same thing to us today. We need to prepare ourselves, arise, and speak, for God has made us for this particular time in history–His Story.
What’s our response?
How do we prepare ourselves? It could be spiritually, mentally, physically, and/or emotionally. In my situation I first thought of preparing spiritually–I may not be abe to go teach a Bible Study in person, or speak to a group of ladies or train speakers and writers at this moment in time, but I can prepare myself spiritually by spending more time reading my Bible and getting to know more about God. Now that I look back, it’s the time that I spent preparing spiritually that God is using for me to begin writing these blogs. Timothy wrote, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth,” (2 Tim. 2:15 KJV).
This could mean physically in that we may need to dust off the apathy or complacency and rise up and do something we feel God is nudging us to do. “For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward,” (Mark 9:41). However small or insignificant the action may be to you, it may be something very important in God’s eyes. It’s also easy for us to get discouraged . . . especially in the midst of these “shelter at home,” work from home, teach from home days we have been in for over a month. I have to admit that I’ve found out that one can also get weary and discouraged while caregiving. I felt the Lord telling me not to be down-trodden, but rise up, get up, pull my boot straps up and get moving again. We need to quit sitting around and rise up and make ourselves available any way we can.
Here it is again. The Lord telling Jeremiah to speak the things that he sees and hears from the Lord. In this day and time, God could (and still does on occasion) show us a vision or speak audibly to us, but more times than not He speaks to us from His Word. As I said in my last post, there are people around us who are living in fear and are looking for hope. Every day there is more news which can lead a person to look for answers. And again . . . we have the answer! And we need to be ready! “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching,” (2 Tim. 4:2). We aren’t all called to preach, but we can be ready to share, in any season, about WHO we have faith in and why. And again, we need to be busy speaking God’s truth into people lives when there is so much untruth being thrown at them from the media, and social media.
We need to:
Prepare by reading His Word.
Arise — quit sitting or pull ourselves up from discouragement, weariness, boredom, or laziness.
Speak truth–God’s truth found in the Bible.
Your Turn . . .
What comes to your mind when you think of God? As One sitting or doing? Have you ever thought about just how active He is and that He wants us to be active. Notice when reading the Bible all the actions words you see … actions from Father God, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit along with the actions we are to take.
What ways could you be preparing? Since I’m pretty much confinded to my home or work place, I’m preparing by studying God’s Word. Last year I bought a journal Bible that gives me room to write in the margins. I spend time reading the Bible and then I ask God to show me what He wants me to learn from the scripture. I’m not reading and running references or looking at study notes, I’m reading, mediating, praying, and listening. Then I write down what God shows me. That’s what I’m sharing with you now, my notes from my time in the book of Jeremiah.
Let me know some ways that God is preparing you at this time. And if He isn’t, begin praying and asking God to give you direction and ways that you can prepare for what He has planned for you to do.
Do you need to get moving? Rise up? Maybe it’s not physically. Maybe you are on the move all the time. I know I feel like I seem to never sit down . . . but, I can get down emotionally. What about you? Just this past weekend I was weary and asked my husband to sit and talk with me. After crying, walking around the block by myself, then coming back and talking some more I was able to work through some things that have held me down. Arise! I did. What does rising look like to you in our present circumstances.
What comes out of your mouth throughout the day? I can tell you that what is in our hearts is what is coming out. If we are filling out heart, mind, and soul with news from the TV, negative comments on facebook, or negative talk at home, that’s what’s coming out in our speech. God has so much He wants us to share about Him, His love, His hope, and His plans for us . . . the church. We need to ask Him what is it He wants us to spend our time talking to others about.
Wow . . . Jeremiah had some hard words to say to the nation of Israel if you read on in the book he wrote. Sometimes we have hard words to say too, but if we are sharing truth from the Bible, then it’s God’s reputation, not ours.
Let’s not be afraid to prepare, rise up, and speak truth. Let’s be the ones that bring hope, peace, and the good news of Jesus Christ. Not everyone is going to listen but God knew that too. For He told Jeremiah and He tells us today:
“They will fight against you,
But they shall not prevail against you.
For I am with you,” says the Lord, “to deliver you.”
May you prepare yourself, arise, and speak as God leads you. I will be praying for you, and you pray for me. We can do this together.
Until later . . . may the Lord bless you and keep you,
Scripture from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted
Pictures of Bible by Beth Fortune, other picture used courtesy of www.pixabay.com