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Unless you have just escaped from the dark ages, I suspect you will know what is meant by FAQs. If not, please click here for an explanation.
Now, for some reason, in the early hours of the morning one day this week, the acronym floated into my mind and I began to wonder, if God had a certain set of questions that He frequently ponders and would love to ask us, as his children, as Christ’s followers, what would they be?
I came up with the following and hope they give you pause for thought.
- Where are you?
This is the question God asked Adam and Eve after they sinned and hid from his presence.
Now, I am not accusing anyone of sinning, so please don’t get uptight and click away!
What I am wanting to know is, does God have occasion to ask you the above question – Where are you?
Is he often waiting for you to come visit and fellowship with him, yet ends up being disappointed?
To be invited to come into the Holy of Holies, into God’s very throne-room, is a wonderful privilege and an honour. Are you regularly snubbing the one who has secured a free entrance ticket for you, at a very high price (the unimaginable suffering and death of his Son)?
Could you improve on your visitation periods?
- Where are my Elijahs?
Are you concerned about the moral and spiritual decline of this world? Yes?
Then what are you doing about it?
“Me?” you ask. “What do you expect me to do about it?”
It’s not what I expect you to do dear reader, it’s about what God expects you to do.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14 he says this:
If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Again, in the book of James, we read that the “effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” Elijah is given as an example of someone with an effective prayer life (see James 5:16b-17).
Will you be an Elijah?
- Can I count of you?
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but found no one.
(Ezekiel 22:30 NKJV)
Remember Abraham? He had such a great relationship with God that the Lord felt he could not destroy Sodom & Gomorrah without telling him first. It may have been because He knew Abraham’s nephew Lot, was living there. Once Abraham became aware of God’s plan, he sought to dissuade God by asking him to preserve the nation if there were at least 10 righteous people within it.
I believe if Abraham had continued negotiating and asked God to spare this wicked nation for just one righteous individual (Lot), God would have done so.
Abraham was not only deemed to be a friend of God but he is also considered to be our forefather of faith. As his offspring, are you prepared to emulate him and stand in the gap for others, who are in need of God’s grace and mercy?
- Are you prepared to trust me in the long haul?
The above question refers to a parable Jesus told, encouraging his followers that they should always pray and not give up. The parable is about a widow who seeks the intervention of an unjust judge. This man had no regard for God, nor did he care about the woman’s plight. However, because of her persistence, he eventually gave in and granted her the justice she sought. If you are not familiar with this story, you may read about it in Luke 18:1-8.
I wonder, when Jesus shared this parable, was he concerned that people gave up too easily? Is there a prayer request you have abandoned because God has not answered it within your required deadline?
Do you have confidence in God’s Word, or are you lacking in persistent faith?
- Do you believe that I love you and have your best interests as a primary concern upon my heart?
I am sure you have experienced disappointments in life. In fact, I’m positive there are things which have happened to you that do not reflect the abundant or victorious lifestyle you’d expected to enjoy, as a born-again Christian.
How do you feel about these instances? Do you harbour fears that God has abandoned you, or does not care?
Listen to what he has to say to you from his Word:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to his purpose.
(Roman 8:28 NKJV)
Joseph found himself in prison on a charge of rape, even though he was innocent. He would never have landed up there in the first place, if it were not for the malice of his own brothers, who sold him into slavery. And all this happened, despite God revealing to Joseph that his destiny was to be a prominent leader.
We know that all ended well, not just for Joseph but for his entire family and for his host country, Egypt, when a severe famine hit the land. This, and other similar stories in the Bible should encourage us that God is able to cause all things to work together for our good.
Do you feel forgotten? If so, ignore your feelings and trust God’s Word.
Commit your concerns into our heavenly Father’s hands. Trust Him to work out his purpose for your benefit and for the blessing of others around you.
Commit (in other words pray).
And then rest!
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author of: Petitions From My Heart
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