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Looking for God…

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How do we find God? Often we do not seek Him when we need Him the most. We might become afraid or angry instead of asking Him for help. We may not talk to Him when things are going well but only cry out when we are desperate. But we are to be in a relationship with Him. We are to look to Him in all situations-good and bad. And who should turn to Him? Christians? Adults? Can children find God? Where do we find Him? He can be found in the Word. He offers support in any situation.

For the child who feels abandoned, the one who believes other families have happy homes while their home is sad, dysfunctional, and dark; for the teen who believes they cannot eat like others for fear of gaining weight; the one who cuts their arm to avoid feeling the internal pain in their heart; for the one who believes love is for everyone else but not for them…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

For the one who ached for a lifelong companion through the years and meets a person with a faithful heart; the one who cried for a child to become a part of the family and an orphan is placed in their arms; the child moved from home to home for years and at last finds a forever home…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says: “Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.” Psalm 28:6

For the one who cries upon hearing the diagnosis then learns of a treatment; the one who worries of the unfaithful spouse then finds the truth is pure; the one who fears job loss then finds another opportunity; the parent who fears a teen has lost their way then they share a smile and a prayer together…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says: “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

For the one who quietly opens the front door to avoid waking the family when returning from a double shift; the one who sleeps in a hole in the dirt while deployed serving their country; the one who preaches the Word in a small wooden church in a foreign jungle; the teen who works a part-time job and contributes to the family rent…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says:”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

For the one who reads a negative test when hoping for a baby; the one who is deserted at the altar while the crowd watches from the pews; the one who sits beside the bed of a loved whose heart monitor no longer beeps; the one who learns their marriage is ending…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

For the insecure one beginning an exam that determines their future; the one who believes the finish line is out of reach; the one who answers the call of a church with empty pews…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says: “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

For the child who believes he should not have been born; the one who feels they were made in the wrong body; the one who feels inferior when compared to their friends; the one who thinks they are not attractive; the one who believes they are not as strong, as skilled, or as smart as others…look to God’s Word.

The Living Word Says:“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

God will find a way when there is no way. He may not go the direction you have mapped out. He may take you on a better path or to a different ending-but it is His plan. He will hold your hand on the journey. Rest in Him.

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