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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.

God Had Not Forgotten

God has a record book. No, I’m not referring to the book of life, or to the book of remembrance, or to the book of sin. He has another record book. It contains your prayers, and He has not forgotten them.

God has not forgotten your prayer

Did you ever lose a part of your faith when you were asking God for something and it seemed no answer was coming?

I almost did.

Oh, well, I guess I actually did. I guess I lost faith when I tried working out the answer to some of my prayers, on my own.

But I learned today that God does not forget our prayers. I’ve been learning this by experience, but just today I read what the Inspired Writings had to say about Luke 1 and 2, leading me to meditate more on the beauty of this truth.

How God revealed this beautiful truth to me

I read Luke 1 and 2 last Sabbath and decided to postpone perusing the rest of my Bible reading assignments from the ESV 40-Day Bible Reading Plan to see what Aunt Ellen, under the influence of the Spirit, had to say.

I grabbed my physical copy of The Vision Study Bible, and turned to Luke 1 and read the footer commentaries. I decided to pause reading through the commentaries to simply digest what I just read.

Vision Study Bible

It was beautiful and was totally worth the time.

Throughout his married life, Zacharias had prayed for a son. He and his wife were now old, and as yet their prayer had remained unanswered; but he murmured not. God had not forgotten. He had His appointed time for answering this prayer, and when the case seemed hopeless, Zacharias received His answer. – Manuscripts, p.1898, par.3

The quote is totally rich and it deserved my attention.

Aside from revealing the fact that “God had not forgotten” Zacharias’ specific prayer, it revealed other beautiful details such as follows:

  • Zacharias kept praying;
  • While his prayer remained unanswered, Zacharias did not murmur (read about the curse of murmuring here);
  • God had an appointed time for answering Zacharias’ prayer; which means:
  • Zacharias’ prayer that he be given a son is according to God’s will; and,
  • God allowed Zacharias to think of it as a hopeless case, and surprised him with His answer when Zacharias finally surrendered his plea to God.

Sometimes, we had simply had to surrender

Sometimes, we may just have to surrender our plea to God, just like Zacharias.

Zacharias might have never known whether it was God’s will for him and Elizabeth to have a son. One thing admirable about him is that he kept praying.

Of course, having a son is not a sin.

So, Zacharias persevered in prayer because he knew that what he has been praying for was something innocent. His heart was free of guilt while asking God for a son. It wasn’t something selfish—I guess having a son would even be an aid for any parent to forget self while nourishing a child.

And God was really planning to answer that particular prayer.

The only other thing in consideration was God’s timeline. God “had His appointed time for answering this prayer.”

So, the next thing God was intending to teach Zacharias was full faith in His timing.

God has a dated record book

It fascinates me to think of the fact that God has a record book for our prayers. Here’s the quote from the inspired writings of Aunt Ellen:

But the answer had come. God had not forgotten the prayer of His servants. He had written it in His record book, to be answered in His own good time. Looking at outward appearances, Zacharias and Elisabeth had buried their hopes, but the Lord had not forgotten. He knew of the long years of disappointment, and when His own name could best be glorified, their son was born. – Manuscript 27, p.1898, par.9

Wow. God has a record book for our prayers! I could imagine how one of my prayers would be listed there, and beside it there would be a future date on which the prayer would be answered!

“When His own name could best be glorified”

Not only does God answer at a specific time; His timing is purposeful.

Come to think of it. God’s timeline is not an arbitrary one! This means that when He assigns a date to answer your innocent, according-to-God’s-will request, He has a lot of considerations to make.

One, He considers giving you the best. Two, He also considers giving you your request at a time when granting that request already becomes humanly impossible.

That way, you would begin to trust Him more for the God that He is—not for the good that you are, i.e., if you are any good.

Aside from these though, He considers giving you more than what you have originally asked for.

How tender, how kind, how full of love and compassion, is the great heart of infinite love. God gave Zacharias as a son no ordinary person, but one who should hold a high place in His work, and from whom the light from heaven should shine in clear, distinct rays. – Manuscript 27, p.1898, par.9

God has given Zacharias John the Baptist as a son!

Extraordinary, indeed!

Extraordinary answers await those who trust

John the Baptist surely became a great blessing to Zacharias and Elizabeth. He was no ordinary son. He was the man who was the forerunner of Jesus, the Messiah.

What a privilege!

He will answer my prayer

I won’t take more time before giving you the takeaway message. It’s here.

By impressing upon me to read the inspired commentaries on Luke 1 and 2, God has given me such a timely reminder:

He will answer my prayer. He does have a record book. My prayer’s there. He has a date for it. And He can give me more than what is humanly possible. He can give me more than what I’ve asked for!

Indeed, it is never a coincidence that Luke 1 contains one of my all-time favorite Bible verses:

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37, KJV

Truly, nothing is impossible for me!

This means nothing is impossible for you, too.

So, let’s keep praying. God has never forgotten.