When You Are Lost About Being Lost

He reached his hand out for his phone to turn off that second alarm. Still, he didn’t want to be up because it sounded so much better to sleep on while he can. Unfortunately, the third alarm soon came. It was time to report to work and once again, he wasn’t able to talk well with his Lord.

How often do we find ourselves relating to this man? This busy world simply has an effective distraction for each one of us that we find it a struggle to find time for prayer. But there is yet hope.

1. A Quiet Time Is An Opportunity To Talk To God

There will be times in which you would find yourself alone. Don’t feel too lonely. Those are opportunities in which you can talk to God. Perhaps, it is even God who arranges such circumstances to come to your life.

It quite amazes me that whenever I get too relaxed about just thriving, a problem suddenly finds its way to boggle my brain a bit. Just then, I’d remember that I have not been praying very well. That is to say that while I pray a little, I am not being completely blessed by this special transaction of communion with God because either it was too hurried or I was just being trivial. Soon I would find myself in a place, time and circumstance where I literally feel down because once again, I’ve been entrapped.

The good thing is that God could have arranged that circumstance to allow me to feel empty enough to seek Him sincerely again. This is not to say that the depression which resulted from a wrong choice of mine was God’s ideal. Rather, God makes an amazing move on the chessboard of my life, leading me from depression to seeking a quiet time, and from that quiet time to a place of communion with Him.

2. You Don’t Have To Be Entertained To Feel Good

Sometimes we would resort to entertainment just to fill up the emptiness that sin brings into our lives. This will never be the best practice,  though, as most that we see in an entertaining media is detrimental to our spiritual health. True, we could be blessed by some random video on the shortness of life and then be led to realize that we needed to come to God. After a short while of scrolling down again for some more feed, though, the thought has too easily flown away. Again, we’ve been distracted from the One who could truly make us feel good.

You see, the more we entrap ourselves into the webs of distractions in the web, the more we would sink deeper into depression, into feelings of sadness and emptiness, and into a sense of being lost. Literally, you can get lost in being lost because, in a way, you tend to forget that you were waning in your spiritual walk and were just in need of God. You need to realize that you ran into a trap rather than to a door to freedom. You need to run to Jesus.

3. A Whisper Shows How A Gentleman God Is

Do you ever wonder why God wouldn’t just pull you out from a pit without you having to ask Him? If He knew you’d be thankful, you argue that He should be doing it without you having to pray to be delivered. Why did you need to call upon God to release you from a trap and ask Him to cleanse you from your sin? Why does He have to be asked and be the best gentleman at that?

Well, remember that there is what we call “The Great Controversy.” It simply means that God is a fair player in this match. While the adversary is a cheater and would like to entice you without making you think whether you really would like to act out that sin or not, God is never like that. He gives you time, freedom and free will to ask, and not just ask trivially, but sincerely, so you yourself would know if that thing is what you really want. God is love, so He won’t force anything, but would only whisper hints and suggestions to let you choose freely and ask Him if you really wanted His help.

This is also why while you can simply be chilling out because everything seems to be okay with you, you still need to talk well with your Lord. Any time soon, you will find yourself too lax. Consequently, you will be lax enough not to notice a temptation coming. The cycle goes on as you find yourself soon sinning, soon depressed, soon there again. At that point, God remains faithful and begins His redeeming work with a gentle whisper to your ears.

4. You Don’t Have To Do So Much

Perhaps, that man first described above has just been very busy. Yes, he may have been busy with important and good things. Again, though, take note that good things are often the very best distractions. Take note that while good things are acceptable, such as working as hard as one can, it is not supposed to overtake the first and best, that is, God. God is number one and remains to be the priority.

If you have been struggling to fit God into your 24-hour day, then you might be doing so much, even too much. This makes your relationship with God quite unhealthy because you are crowding Him into your already filled-up schedule. God should have been “scheduled” first. To experience God is to make Him our first priority.

When You Can Be Found By A God Who Finds

Thankfully, God is the God who finds. He finds us when we’re lost. He makes the first move when we can’t make any initiative. God works to redeem us when we are lost, and even when we are lost about being lost.

Where Is Jesus? The Song of the Story

If you would ask me what my favorite song is, I could not think of one single answer. Apparently, though, this song stands out as an oasis for the struggle of the moment. Where is Jesus?

(Hit the “play” button to listen to the song.)

On a journey from Jerusalem
Returning to their home
Joseph and his family
Traveled all day long
They must have walked for many miles
Before they realized
Jesus was not with them
Mary sadly cried

Where is Jesus?
Did we leave Him far behind?
Did we take for granted He was here
Walking with us all the time?
Where is Jesus?
To find Him once again
We must return to the place
Where we left Him
Where is Jesus?
Where is Jesus?

I prayed for God to lead my way
That His will for me be known
All He asked is that I wait for Him
Still I stepped out on my own
Without Him here to guide my steps
I’ve failed Him many times
I only have myself to blame
I bowed my head and cried

Where is Jesus?
Did I leave Him far behind?
Did I take for granted He was here
Walking with me all the time?
Where is Jesus?
To find Him once again
I must return to the place where I left Him
Where is Jesus?
Where is Jesus?

You’ve made some bad decisions
With a selfish thought in mind
You had the best intentions for
The goals you set in life
Your relationship with God’s secure
But the fellowship is gone
You can choose to walk with Him again
You don’t have to walk alone

Where is Jesus?
Did you leave Him far behind?
Did you take for granted He was here
Walking with you all the time?
Where is Jesus?
To find Him once again
You must return to the place where you left Him
Where is Jesus?
Where is Jesus?
Where is Jesus?

Just where is Jesus?

And why is this post called “The Song of the Story”? What is the story?

Well, we all have stories to tell. We have stories of our own lives—how we’ve managed to walk victoriously over our own set of trials and temptations. Some of us, by the way, have many more stories of defeat to share.

This song by the group “Pictures of Grace” just effectively retells the story of initial defeat, and then, a subsequent victory. It tells of how Mary and Joseph lost their thought of where their “Son” could be. They assumed He was there with them for one whole day. Later, their hearts were pierced. Conscience spoke through their neglect. A discovery of their weakness was the beginning of their victory.

So where was Jesus?

Apparently, Jesus was just in the temple. He was there, conversing with rabbis—mostly old men who were esteemed authorities back in their day.

Why was He left there? Where were Mary and Joseph headed? How could they be neglectful of Jesus’ presence?

Before we start accusing them, let’s take a look at the rest of the lyrics of the song. I will discuss “The Story Behind the Song” in a separate post. (Click here to get notified when that post comes out.)

Where did we leave Jesus?

We could have left Jesus behind, too. I often do. Often, I pray “for God to lead my way that His will for me be known.” All He asks “is that I wait for Him.” Still, I step “out on my own.”

The lyrics of the song just cuts it straight.

Tired of waiting

Often, I get tired of waiting. I’ve been impatient most of the time. In other words, I’ve been impulsive. I guess you, too.

It’s in here that we make a lot of mistakes. We often get ahead of God. Unknowingly, we think of ourselves as wiser than Him when we make decisions rashly, without conducting a consultation with Him.

A God Taken for Granted

Do we ever take God for granted? We probably do. We brush Him aside whenever we think we’re doing just fine. We often do.

Often the Last Resort

How would God feel if we make Him our last resort? I don’t know; I’m not God. I could even question if it could be a loss for Him. He’s God. He doesn’t need us. But the fact that God is love makes a lot of difference.

When we make God our last resort, it’s definitely never His loss. Rather, it is our loss. And how would that make God feel?

Still, A God Who Sympathizes

If He’s a God of love, and He truly is, He would most certainly feel for us. Consider a loving earthly father, watching his son or daughter struggle to obtain a certain item. The son or daughter would have expended all he or she can do just to get that item. But let’s just say only the father knows how.

Wouldn’t it have been easier for the son or daughter to simply have asked the earthly father to get that item for him or her? Isn’t this an apt illustration of how we often relate to God?

Returning to Jesus

“To find Him once again, we must return to the place where we left Him.”

How often we leave Jesus behind right after our devotional time. We make haste to do our daily duties, and we forget the fact that we’ve asked God to guide us every step of the way throughout our day. But we often forget.

Distracted by cares

Our daily cares often distract us from Jesus. But it’s not only our “legitimate” cares that turn our eyes away from the Savior. In this day and age, we are often bombarded by “illegitimate” cares, those that we expose ourselves to unnecessarily.

Distracted by the unimportant

Our newsfeeds truly “feed” our brains. There may be good things out there but it is important to filter our feeds in order to maintain a healthy connection with Jesus. Discipline is necessary.

Following Jesus

In order to really follow Jesus, we may have to unfollow those that prove only to be distractions. Distractions, remember, may be deemed “good,” but not all “good” things get you to a goal.

For example, activism about something “good” may be beneficial, but if it takes all of your time—including your time for Jesus—then that activism must be subjected to control.

How Not to Lose Sight of Jesus

Moment by moment. We need to think of Jesus moment by moment. But how is that even possible?

The key, perhaps, is not to lose consciousness of the presence of Jesus. Our brains are powerful. We may use the power of our minds to imagine what is actually beneficial to our souls. One thing we can do to maintain our connection with Jesus is to imagine Him right here, just beside us.

What If the Savior Stood Beside Me?

This reminds me of another song entitled, “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” by Sally Deford. I also love this song as it is on point. If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do?

Indeed, our consciousness of the presence of Jesus beside us, or wherever we go, makes a lot of difference in the way we behave. We certainly would have this “fear” of Him—not a fear that would make one fear a tyrant, for of a certainty, God isn’t a tyrant—but a certain reverent, godly fear that would prevent us from sinning against Him.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit?”

Just where can we go from God’s Spirit? Where can we hide from His presence? (See Psalm 139:7-10). Now God is everywhere. But doesn’t this contradict the question we’ve asked from the beginning? Where is Jesus?

It may be beneficial to point out that Jesus will forever retain His human nature. Indeed, He can’t be everywhere at once. He’s presently in heaven, ministering as high priest on our behalf. But He can be everywhere at once, only through the person of His Spirit.

It’s our choices that make us feel away from God

While God can manifest His presence to us, anytime, anywhere, and while He sees us anytime, anywhere, we can still feel far away from God. This is because of our own choices. Darkness envelops us whenever we, by choice, distract ourselves from Him.

“You can choose to walk with Him again”

As the song says, we “can choose to walk with Him again.” You and I “don’t have to walk alone.” We can walk with Jesus again.

Do you ever feel lost, and far away from God right now? The good news is in the song. It is the song of my story, your story. While it began by retelling an apparent defeat in someone’s spiritual walk, it ends with an encouraging note that we can, indeed, choose to walk with Jesus again.

Where is Jesus? He’s just there waiting for your choice. Take that U-turn and walk with Him, again.

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