Danny cousin and her husband have wanted to visit the Grand Canyon for many years. They left home Saturday to head that way in their motorhome. This morning he sent out word that the Grand Canyon has been “shut down”. They will not be able to visit it, at least not today.
Many places across the country will be shut down today. Non-essential employees are staying home, on furlough, without pay, until something gives. Beautiful parks all across our nation will stand idle while decisions are made regarding the fate of our economy.
The Grand Canyon and other magnificent national parks could be viewed without man’s help. But they’ll remain closed to the public. Travelers all across the nation are at the doorway of their destination, wondering what they are going to do. They’ve spent their time, money and energy to make the trip but they’re stopped in their tracks this morning.
God speaks to my heart: While the national government has shut down site seeing, our Lord has opened to us a vast world of spiritual living that no man can shut down. We are most blessed indeed that neither government, nor weather, nor enemies, nor troubles can shut God out of our lives. We have free access, not assisted by another person on earth. We can live in the light of His Word, walk in the light of His precepts and enjoy the beauty of His holiness every single day. If we have given our hearts to Jesus and accepted His gift of salvation, we have a lifetime pass to everything God has for us. Not only do we have an open road to blessings, we have an open road to obedience. God made a way for us, permanently as a child of God, to live for Jesus!
Maybe you are looking at the miserable circumstances of our government this morning. Look away from the troubles and trials and worry and fear and look to Jesus! He has a plan for redemption, a plan for regeneration, a plan for renewal and every plan is thought out with you in mind. Whatever your needs, His response to those needs is ever ready and always available. Although the earthly government has shut down access to many things, God has given you free access to all of His promises and given you free choice to live in the light of those promises. You may have barriers today to some earthly things, but your access is free to all of God through Christ.
Oh beloved, God wants to remind you this morning: Don’t walk in defeat today, but walk in My precepts. Turn your heart away from the world and turn your heart to Me. Don’t look at the circumstances of this day but look to Me. I am your Sustainer, I will give you everything you really need no matter what things look like. Don’t look at the value of the world, but look to Me. I AM your source of value and I have redeemed you. You are worth more than mere diamonds, silver and gold to Me. Don’t walk after man’s promises, for they will all fail. But look to My Promises for each and every one is meant for you and available to you. Don’t walk in the light of the world for it will not make you happy, will not give you joy and ultimately won’t save you from life’s troubles. Look to Me for I AM your Savior, Your Protector, Your Provider and more. I AM that I AM and your rest and hope is found solely in Me.
Run to His Word this morning and open it freely. Read of it thoroughly. Ask God to enlighten your heart and mind to take it all in. Then ask Him to teach you how to live it out and walk in the most beautiful territory ever seen – God’s will. He will always allow you to walk humbly with Him because He loves you and He calls you beloved. Drop the worries, the fears, the troubles and the trials and grab His hand in renewed dedication and He will guide you all the rest of your days. Oh what a Savior, Oh what a King, Oh what Agape Love and care!
Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God?
Jeremiah 31:33 "But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day," says the LORD. "I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be My people.
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
Psalm 89:15 Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord.