Sometimes we get so focused on a problem that we resist the love offered to us by people in our lives, and by God Himself.
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem…. 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4)
Jesus said this to a solitary Samaritan woman at a well. Samaritans were despised by Jews, especially those wanting to remain ceremonially clean. The woman had asked about where God is to be worshipped, probably because Samaritans weren’t allowed to go to Jerusalem to worship.
Through all things happening to us and in the world, God is still the same. We must keep our eyes on Him — worship is key! We need Him at all times.
7 Therefore, submit to God. But resist the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people! 9 Be miserable and mourn and weep. Your laughter must change to mourning and your joy to sorrow. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. (James 4)
Honor Him and He will honor you. Lift Him up and He will lift you up.
2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. (James 1)
His Word is living! What are you troubled by today? Let Him transform your thinking through His Word. When you are troubled and frustrated, it’s easy to brood and harden our hearts and resist God and others in our lives. Don’t harden your heart. Instead, allow Him to love you.
“If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” (John 4:10)
When we worship Him, our focus changes from self to Him. It’s hard not to focus on ourselves when we are troubled. But worship turns our focus to Jesus.
This week, read John 4.