Morning Coffee 5/3/12

“Therefore this is what the LORD says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.” Jeremiah 11:11

Often times when my boys are playing together, I always hear one of them cry out “Daddy!” Most of the time it is because they want something and every now and then it is because one is agitating the other and they want me to come and handle it. Without knowing where I am or what I am doing they confidently cry out my name and I believe that it is because they are sure that I am going to answer. They don’t have to see me to know that I am present and again when they call their expectation is that I will always answer. As a matter of fact, if I don’t answer the first time they will keep calling my name until I do answer.

In this text the Lord sent a hard message to the people of Judah through Jeremiah. He told them that that they would be cursed if they didn’t abide by the terms of the covenant that He set with their forefathers. God told them that if they didn’t obey what HE has already laid out then there would be consequences. The unfortunate thing for them is the people of Judah tested God’s theory by returning to the same sin of their forefathers. As a result of their actions God brought them all of the curses of the covenant. This is where today’s text picks up and God is saying that when they cry out for Him, He will not listen because they have chosen to follow other gods to serve them.

I can’t imagine crying out to God and he doesn’t answer in some way. The unfortunate part is that many people take the covenant that we have with God lightly and when it is convenient for them, they cry out to God expecting Him to always be there to answer the call. The truth is that we can sometimes sabotage our own prayers. The Bible gives light to several passages of scripture that mention attitudes and actions that can hinder our prayers. If we sin according to Jeremiah 14:10-12 the Lord says not to even pray for the well-being of His people because He will not listen. You can also see Psalms 66:18 and Isaiah 59:2. If we are disobedient Psalms 28:9 says that if we turn from the law, our prayers are detestable. Other factors that can hinder God answering our prayers are hypocrisy, impure motives (Mal 1:7-9), lack of faith and even marital problems (1 Peter 3:7).

Even though what sometimes seems to be no answer to your prayers is simply a delayed answer, we want to make sure that we are in line with God. We can’t assume that just because we are God’s children, we can act any kind of way and still expect God to answer every time we call. My boys are confident that when they call I will answer, however when I do the truth comes out and my response may not always be what they expect. When you call on God, He already knows your request. The question is have you done anything that will cause Him to delay in answering your prayers? Think about it and get back in line with God’s will.

God Bless,
Jesse R. Watson Jr

Morning Coffee 5/2/12

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

The trust factor goes a long way with people. In every relationship that you will ever have the ability to trust the person and them trusting you, will make or break your relationship. Think about it, when you are dating someone and you find yourself doubting what they say to you, at that point you begin to shutdown and the brick wall goes up. Even with parents and their children, when trust goes out of the door so does the child’s freedom and they find themselves on a very strict schedule.

Faith and trust are synonymous and it is the conviction of the truth of anything. This text is in the shadow of a scripture that we have all heard before which is Hebrews 11:1. This entire text covers many situations that display the power that having faith holds. Lives were saved, many were blessed, doors were opened, truth was revealed, miracles took place and the list could go on. The writer even admits that he didn’t have time to express every instance where faith was activated and lives were changed.

Simply put the text is saying that without having trust, belief, confidence, and faith in God it is impossible to please Him. This is true in our lives as well. For a child it is impossible to please his mother or father unless they have confidence in each other. It is also impossible to please your wife, husband, or significant other unless you have confidence in each other. If there is any hint of doubt or distrust, there will be conflict and misery. It is so interesting that we hold everyone in our circle to such a high standard when it comes to trust. We expect a high level of trust and nothing less. The truth is if someone violates that trust then we are more than willing to let them know or let them go.

The same applies with God. He cannot be pleased with man who has no confidence in Him, who doubts the truth and promise for which He stands for. If we don’t believe that His way is right, there is no way to please God. The same that we require of our children, friends, spouses, and significant others are the same that God requires of us. How can we not live up to His standard, but expect others to live up to ours? Just know as well that there is no amount of work that we can do to compensate for a lack of faith.

The awesome part about God is that if we don’t have faith in Him, he still doesn’t push us aside. He allows situations to happen in our lives to help us develop that faith in Him. Just as the text states if we are going to go to God we must believe that He exist as the true and living God and that He will prove Himself to be a rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him. To earnestly seek God means to do it with a sense of urgency. God earnestly seeks us daily, let us stop running and start chasing God. In order for us to become God chasers we must believe that He exists. He wants that intimate relationship with us and there is no reason for Him not to be pleased with us.

God Bless,

Jesse Watson Jr.