“Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 NKJV.
These days you can hardly turn on your television, radio or even log into any social media platform without hearing about or seeing some form of violence. Don’t get me wrong, violence has existed since the beginning of time, however, it seems lately we are confronted with it daily. There are so many shootings in major cities, terrorist attacks in many different nations and even Police brutalities. While this platform is not where I choose to address these issues, I felt compelled to write this blog because these issues came up in a discussion I was involved in and someone in the group asked me “where is God, with all this going on.” I responded, “where He always is.” I know my response seemed vague but allow me to elaborate on what I meant.
To fully understand my response, you must understand who God is. The God that I serve, is the creator of Heaven and Earth and the God of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. When Moses asked who He is, His response was simply, “I AM THAT I AM,” Exodus 3:14, NKJV. What that means is that God is sovereign, He is not influenced by anyone or anything. A common misconception about God is, we think because God created us and the earth that anytime something on earth becomes a problem or an issue, we expect God to fix it. Unfortunately, this is not the way God operates. God has order to the way he does things and He is not forceful. God created this Earth for us to have dominion over all the animals and enjoy everything in it. Due to human kind’s selfishness, greed and evil nature “We,” not God have turned something that He created to be beautiful and peaceful into a shameful mess. God is not responsible for the mess we have made, it is our responsibility to clean up our own mess, because God is gracious, if we need His help we can always ask Him through sincere and fervent prayers.
God is omnipresent, that is where He always is, but this does not mean that He intervenes in every situation in our lives. Some of the situations we go through are under our control, for the ones we can’t control, we can ask Him to help us. The bible verse above asks us to seek God, not the other way around. God is near and always close to us but if you don’t actively look for him, it would seem like He is as far as the East is to the West. For instance, you could own a piece of property and never know that there is buried treasure in the yard because nobody ever told you and you never dug to find out. The treasure will remain buried unless someone tells you about it or someone comes looking for it. Seek God today and you will find him, call on him in your time of need and he will help you. Jesus also confirmed this in Mathew 7:8. As for the mess we made, we can start cleaning it up by first, respecting each other as humans, do good to each other, look out for one another and if we have disputes, let us reason together, Isaiah 1:18, NKJV. These are Julien’s thoughts and what’s on his mind.
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