By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: August 8, 2017
From Series: Just What I Needed
Genesis 4:26, “At this point, people began to call on the name of the Lord”.
Isn’t it true, that many of us are indifferent when it comes to the Almighty God? We focus on what we want, how we feel, and what we think is best. When things are going smoothly God is usually an afterthought, yet He’s our first thought in times of trauma or crisis. This is nothing new—it’s been going on since the book of Genesis. By chapter 4, bad things start to happen. Cain kills his brother Abel—the first murder—and the world is already spiraling out of control due to humanity’s desire to carve their own course in life. Today’s verse notes, “At this time” people start to call on God, to proclaim Him. This is significant because it is the first time prayer is mentioned in the Bible. So, historically we’ve been crying out to God in hot water moments since approximately 240 years into creation. After years of autonomy, why do we have to be in crisis mode for our perception of God to change?
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been learning that God has a name for our every need. And although we need Him, He doesn’t need us. He doesn’t have to pour out His love upon us—He chooses to! Therefore, your perception of God has everything to do with your life on earth and in eternity. How do you perceive God? He loves you no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done. He knows everything about you and wants you to know Him.
Father God, I praise You, because ‘I am fearfully and wonderfully made’. I want to know You intimately. I want to seek You in all things, not just in times of trouble. I need You and thank You for always taking care of every need.
Read and reflect on David’s words to God in Psalm 139. This is a great example of just how intimate of a relationship we should be seeking with God.
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