Have you noticed how everyday there seems to be more and more bad news? We all know the news programs strive to have the worst possible scenarios for us to consider. For instance, when there is snow on the horizon, the weather is given to us every 15 minutes on the radio. Preparations are encouraged to be made as if there is going to be a snow apocalypse. Then, as we all know, we get two inches. Even though this happens, it’s true that the world is in a bad way. The world has turned away from its creator. There are consequences to that. As a follower of Christ, I need to keep in mind who holds my hand, who carries me, and who is my greatest comfort. As all of the information of this world’s problems flood my mind, how can I remember God. I am easily distracted and need to be reminded. How does that happen? Let’s look at the idea of being near to God together.
BE YOUR OWN ALARM CLOCK
Alarm clocks are not really our favorite possession. They are a necessity. We need them to get us up on time. The alarm goes off and we have to stretch and get out of bed. The noise it makes alerts us to the start of another day. When we allow this world to overwhelm us, we need to give ourselves a wake-up alarm. Truth needs to buzz our minds back to our Father God. He has things well in hand. We can remind ourselves, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the Lord; he turns it wherever he will.” Proverbs 21:1 BUZZ!! There is no leader on this earth that God doesn’t hold in his sovereign hand!
HAVE A BACK-UP ALARM CLOCK
There are those of us who may sleep so deeply that a second alarm is needed. You may put it across the room so that you have to get up to shut it off. It takes more effort but it gets you going and you can start your day. Sometimes being our own alarm clock isn’t enough. We have to put forth the extra effort to contact someone who can be our back-up alarm clock. “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,” Ephesians 4:15 BUZZ!! A brother or sister in the Lord is a great back-up alarm clock to remind us of the truth of who God is!
HEAR GOD’S LOVING ALARM
Do you remember when you first had to start using an alarm clock? Your parents gave you instructions on how to set it and then made sure you knew you were on your own for the morning. What was the problem with them waking us? They were up anyway so it would be easy to shake a shoulder. However, our parents wanted to teach us responsibility. They wanted us to learn independence. It didn’t mean they didn’t love us, quite the opposite. Teaching and training is a loving thing for parents to do for their children. God wants us to remember his character and live trusting in Him. “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.” Ephesians 5:1 BUZZ!! God is our example and we can trust his character!
How do we stay near to God? We believe the truth of who he is and what his word says. We have to get our own attention, rely on someone else, and fully embrace God’s love. When we get our minds on so many other things, our eyes begin to wander. We spend more time looking at others than we do our Lord and Savior. Looking at how this world’s people respond will not help us be near to God. In fact, we will be getting farther away from him. What do you need to change in your life in order to be near to God?
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28