Wake Up and Smell God’s Flowers!
Part I of Wake up and Smell Godâs Flowers! – 3 Part Series
From my daily devotions for April 5th, 2007
Life can get so busy sometimes that we donât take time to âstop and smell the flowers.â? As energetic, excited, and busy our children get, they always seem to have the time. How often have we walked with our child/children and they âhaveâ? to stop to pick up some âtreasureâ? of Godâs creation they have spotted while we were too wrapped up in our all too important thoughts to see what was around us.
Or have you ever taken a nature walk with your children? You think you are just leisurely walking along, taking in the beauty that God has for you. Then you hear the excited voice of your child, âMommy, Mommy! Look what I found!â? as they proceed to show you this âwonderful treasureâ? that was in plain sight but you missed!
We do the same with our Heavenly Father. He wants to show us so much, but we are too wrapped up with this world, or even serving Him, that we are missing the display of His power working in our lives and the lives of others. Iâm not talking about signs and wonders. God is always working around us, but too often sin and unbelief prevent us from seeing it.
I love the story of Elisha and his servant, in 2 Kings 6:14-17
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
What an incredible display of Godâs power and protection, and it was there all the time, but the servant couldnât see it! Obviously Elisha was seeing with a heart of faith rather than a heart of disbelief.
Part II of Wake up and Smell Godâs Flowers!
In 1 Samuel 4, the children of Israel were presumptuous in believing God would be with them simply because of who they were (children of Israel) and the presence of the are of the covenant (which is a symbol of Godâs presence and power.) They thought they could use it as a âgood luck charm,â? even though the nation as a whole was in gross sin, idolatry and immorality. God will not be used. The battle ended as a tragic loss for Israel.
1 Samuel 4:6-10
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp.
7 And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
8 Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness.
9 Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight.
10 And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen.
Are we guilty of that? Do we assumed just because of our status as children of God that He will bless us despite our disobedience to clear commands and holding on to our pet sin?
Did you also notice the intent of the Philistines? They realized that if the Israelites could no longer âseeâ? the presence of the Lord, they would lose courage.
The Lord said it well in Luke 16:8Â
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.
Not too long ago, the Lord brought home to Him a dear Christian lady and precious friend. This was a close to middle aged lady who loved the Lord and her whole family had been serving Him faithfully forÂ several years. At that time,Â I was fighting sin in my life and God used her physical death as a means to get my attention. I got to thinking, lets say this lady was being rebellious (and I am NOT saying that she was!!!!) and God cut her life short because of her rebellion, then who am I that God should not snuff out my physical life nowâ¦ Â
Â We need to take heed! Satan only has a few tricks, but he uses them well.
First, he will try to stop the lost from getting saved.
Having failed that, he will try to stop Godâs children from being effective for the Lord. Satan knows if he can prevent us from seeing the power of the Lord in others lives and seeing and having it in our lives, we will lose courage and not have strength for the battle. Itâs hard to be effective in our service to the Saviour if we canât see Him working in our lives.
Part III of a 3 Part Series – Wake Up and Smell Godâs Flowers!
Here are some general points that I hope will help each one of us to keep our focus right and seeing what we should.
Keep your sin confessed– daily â more if you need to!
Psalms 66:18Â If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
Keep on your Spiritual knees – âPray without ceasing.â?1 Thessalonians 5:17
Keep studying and meditating on the Word of God â Simply reading it is not sufficient! We are commandedÂ to study, memorized, hide in our heart, meditate upon the Word of God. Our Pastor uses the illustration of a cow chewing their cud all day long. This seems apt as we should not only ingest the Word of God, but continue to allow it to work on us and in us throughout the day.Â
Joshua 1:8Â This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
2 Timothy 3:15Â And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
This is a side note, but did you know that kings of Israel were supposed to write out their own copy of the Books of Moses and to read therein daily? (Deut. 17:18-19)
Have a good read in Deut. chapter 11 for some wonderful instruction on dealing with Godâs Word.
Keep a journal of what you gleaned. -Â I suggest that you make a journal of what you gleaned in your Bible reading that day. That is how many of my devotionals and lessons started. Even if you donât make something more out of it, reading it again now and then will be a great blessing and help and it may open your eyes to more wondrous things in the Scriptures.
Keep avoiding the evil and seeking the good:
James 4:17Â Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
1 Thessalonians 5:22Â Abstain from all appearance of evil.
1 Peter 3:11Â Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
Proverbs 4:14-15Â Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
Psalms 34:10Â The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want (lack) any good thing.
Psalms 34:14Â Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Amos 5:14Â Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Keep dying daily and putting on the âarmour of God:
1 Corinthians 15:31Â â¦ I die daily.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Let us not only âseek wisdom and pursue itâ? but rather seek and keep our eyes and hearts fixed on the only one who can win our battles! Not so He will fight our battles, but because He owns us and we owe Him everything!
Psalms 119:18Â Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Psalm 108:1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Psalm 112:7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
1 Corinthians 6:20Â For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are Godâs.