With All My Heart

“My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.”  (Proverbs 23:26)

Valentine’s Day is coming! It gives us a chance to do something really special for the one we really love, and usually that person also shows some token of love in return. But what if he/she only expected you to shower your love on them and made only a minimal effort to show love back? Would you be happy with a one-sided relationship like that?

Are you in a one-sided love relationship with God? Sure you expect God to love you, but are you showing Him love in return? When you are truly in love, it seems all that is on your mind is that other person, you want to be around him/her constantly, it is all you talk about, and you want to prove your love by doing sweet things.

God wants that kind of love from us as much as we do from Him, as evidenced in Mark 12:30,  “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.”

I believe most people think that by praising Him they are showing that love. But if your sweetheart only said they loved you and never did anything to show it, would you be satisfied?

How do we show God our love? John 14:21 says, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him.” We can first show our love by being obedient and keeping God’s commandments. And that includes, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” Do you have other “gods” in your life? Things that actually take top priority over God Himself? What if your sweetheart paid more attention to someone else other than you?

We naturally expect anyone who loves us to be kind to us and do special things for us. In what way can we be kind to God? In Matthew 25:40 we see Jesus saying, “Verily I say unto you, in as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.” The things you do for others you are actually doing for your Lord.

Most relationships cool down a little with time and get taken for granted. Let’s not take God for granted. Take action and show Him how much you love Him every day.

Through the Valley

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psalm 23:4)

I have a friend who recently had been having some issues with her leg. In deciding to get it checked out, it was found she has stage IV melanoma and had to have a good portion of her femur and her knee removed, and then they would do tests to see where else it had spread in her body. It was very unexpected. When I contacted her to tell her I would be praying for her, her attitude surprised me. She told me she would be shaking in her shoes if it weren’t for knowing the Lord was with her. She is most certainly walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

Many of us have or are walking through that same valley, and it is dark and frightening. But it is certain we will also come to the other side of that valley; some to continue living, and some to pass on to their eternal home. There is no guarantee, only God knows what is on the other side. But when we are on that path we, like my friend, should not be “shaking in our shoes,” because God is right there with us, and if we allow Him, he will comfort us on that journey.

Where do you go for your comfort during those times? Your friends and family can only temporarily accompany you, and then they go back to their own path. But Psalm 23 tells us that God IS with us. Cling to Him tightly. He is the only One who will stay with you and get you through to the other side.

Words Cannot Express

“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)

How would you describe God? Wonderful? Loving? Kind? Awesome? Mighty?

I always start my prayers off with praise to God for how wonderful He is. That was how Jesus instructed us in the Lord’s Prayer, and I feel He wants us to do just that. But when I try to find words to express how I feel about Him, I come up short. My words are completely inadequate. I even borrow from the Psalms sometimes, like the verse above, or Psalm 104:1 “O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with honor and majesty.” Or even Psalm 100:5, “For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.”

But even those do not express how I really feel inside. I have seen the massive red rock mountains in Zion national park that made me just exclaim “Wow!” and realize that is such a tiny glimpse of what my God can do. Even this whole earth, with every cell being controlled by God, is just a minuscule representation of His power, knowledge and might.

I want to tell Him that in my prayers. I want to let Him know how I feel about Him in human words. But I realized something. There are no human words to completely describe God. I will never be able to do it. And that is how it should be. If we could explain God in human words, we would bring Him down to a level we can understand. He will always be so much higher than we can ever think, imagine or even voice that we can only give Him the highest praise we are able to and realize He is so much more.

Be in awe of Him every day. Tell Him in the best way you know how what you think of Him. He understands and can hear your heart.