Thursday, July 29, 2021

Pastor's Ponderings, July 29, 2021

Believe In God Not Distractions

In the classic 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy gets swept up with her house in a cyclone to a mythical land of Oz, lands inconveniently upon a local witch and acquires her no longer needed red slippers.  She has many adventures while seeking help from a Scarecrow, a Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion, all trying to find help from a fake Wizard.  At the end, upon advice of another witch, she realizes that she had the key to get home all the time in the red slippers


Many of us are like Dorothy.  We seek the answer to life’s questions by asking pretenders, heartless people, and cowards. We waste time until we realize that the answer to our problems has been with us the whole time.  Jesus was, is and always will be the answer to our questions, the solution to our problems and the result of our life’s journey.  The Bible says that we should trust God and not man (Jeremiah 17:5). We should seek His righteousness, and everything will be added to us (Matthew 6:33).  Wisdom, knowledge, and understanding are not found in man but only in God (Proverbs 2:6).


Some recognize late in life that our quest for life’s purpose is only found when we realize that God provides all our needs--not people, places, or things.  We don’t have to go somewhere over the rainbow because He is always near us (Romans 10:8, Psalm 145:18). He is not fictional, fantasy or fairy tale.  He is the Almighty God and wants to live richly in our lives (Colossians 3:16).  Let us not be distracted by counterfeit success strategies but allow God’s purpose to direct our lives.


Jeremiah 17:5

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5 This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.


Matthew 6:33

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33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.


Proverbs 2:6

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6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.


Romans 10:8
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8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim


Psalm 145:18 

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18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.


Colossians 3:16

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16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.