Meet with God

The Lord is everywhere; God is omni-present, but there are times when you enter his presence and meet with him. This isn’t a contradiction. It’s the same thing as saying that someone is present if you are in the same room with them, but you’re really meeting with them if you’re actually talking to the them or hugging  them. In that case, you’re really with them.

We need to spend time with the Lord. Speaking to him, praying to him, and listening to him. Reading his word, reading from the Bible. Spending time, worship him individually as well as together with others in the church and we need to ask him to meet with us, to bring his spirit into every area of our life and  every part of body and soul.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:3.

When you are unhappy. If you don’t quite know who to be.  If you need to decide to change, but you don’t have the strength.  If things are looking bad because of changes that have happened in your life, remember – wait upon the Lord, turn to him. God doesn’t just want to give us the wings of a dove to fly away from our problems. He wants, according to this passage in Isaiah, to give us the wings of Eagles, to soar, to give us the strength to get through any problem.

Trust God and Be Merciful

If you feel that you are far from God, if you feel that you’re not following closely his ways, or it seems that things haven’t gone as promised. When you cannot trace God’s hand, you can trust his heart. God loves you. Your future is secured. So your focus can be on the presence. You are released from indecision. You can decide to make changes now because you know that God has your future sorted out. We can trust him. We can trust that he is with us every step of the way even when it doesn’t feel much like it.

Psalm 84:12 says, “O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.”

But the Christian life isn’t just to sit back and collect heavenly welfare. It’s work, it’s warfare, it’s trusting God and making those hard decisions to align ourselves with God’s ways.

“For you shall eat the labour of your hands: you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.” Psalm 128:2

Trust in God, follow him. Work in his way for as part of his mission in the world and it shall be well with you. You will be happy. Treat other people as God treats them.

 “He that has mercy on the poor, happy is he.” Proverbs 14:21

Go to church.

 “Blessed or happy are they that dwell in your house: they will be still praising you.” Psalm 84:4.

There’s no shortcut here, we need to go to Church. It is said rightly that the people are the church so going to church doesn’t mean going necessarily to a church building. It doesn’t mean to going to any place in particular other than where other Christians are. In becoming a Christian, you become part of the Church. Remember the church, the church is the people. The word translated church in the new testament is the same as the word translating congregation in the old testament. Congregation being the gathering together of the people. Here, the gathering together of God’s people and so we are to gather together and worship, and these verses in the old testament which talked about being in God’s house are referring to gathering together, gathering together in the temple to worship. The congregation of the children of Israel, the congregation of the people of God – the church meeting. If you do this, you will be happy: you will be blessed.


 “Happy is the people whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 144:15

Go to church and worship God. Worship him as Lord, as the person who has the ultimate say in how you are to live but also, how happy you are. Worship God as the Lord, put him in his right place and the rest of the world will fall into place. Go to church. Don’t miss out. Be happy.

Do what the Bible says.

 “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight”.  1 John 3:22

When we read the Bible, when we hear from God, we need to put it into practice. It is the concept behind the words that are important. Words can come to us in a variety of different media. We can hear them being spoken. We can listen to them on our iPod as we go jogging. We could read them printed on paper, we can read them on a Kindle or even our mobile phone. The words can come in all different shapes, sizes, colors but these words have meaning behind them and if the meaning of the words comes from God then they can have an impact on our life but they’ll only have an impact if we do what they say, otherwise, it is like God casting his pearls before swine. We are simply not throwing back the riches that we’re being offered.

“Do not give dogs what is highly valued and do not throw pearls before swine, lest they trample them on the foot and turn to attack you.”  Matthew 7:6.

Hear from the Bible and do what it says. Decide to take action on what you have learned. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keeps the law, happy is he.”

The vision here is not some esoteric vision that you have dreamt up, although it’s important to have an aim in life, and sometimes they can come in dreams. We often talk about knowing which way you’re going, having a vision, and for a group of people, that is important. But what this is specifically talking about is that the vision is God’s vision for the future. He that keepeth the law, in Proverbs, the first part of the proverb and the second part of the Proverb are talking about the same thing each time. Sometimes, there’s a deliberate contrast. Here, it’s clear that there’s a retelling of the same thought. When there’s no vision, the people perish but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Therefore, the vision was the keeping of the law. The vision was the law and so we need to do what God says to keep his laws. Then, we won’t perish but be happy and if we know these things and do them.

"If you know these things, happy are you if you do them."
John 13:17.

Read the Bible

What God says is more important than the way we feel. What Jesus has to say to us is more important than our current emotional state. Psalm 119:16 says, “I will delight myself in your statutes: I will not forget thy word.” God’s promises are not mottos that we can hang on the wall, they are rather checks we can take to the bank. God’s promises are absolutely sure. He wouldn’t throw away a book full of pre-signed checks, God has pre-signed these checks to us. God’s promises are absolutely certain to gain remittance when we cash them. God’s promises always pay back.


We should always be ready to learn more about what God has promised to us, and claim what it says in them. Remind God of what he’s promised to do.

 “Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding.” Proverbs 3:13

Reading the Bible, studying it, listening the sermons, going to church and hearing the preacher and if possible, questioning the teacher afterwards, or in a small group or bible study. Getting to know what God promises, finding wisdom in God’s word will bring us happiness.

“Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful.” Psalm 1:1

Read the Bible, treat it as God’s word. Don’t stand in judgment on it, but allow it to stand in judgment upon you. Study the words so that God can teach you through it and you will be happy.