Many people are probably wondering what is going on in the world with everything that is happening. God, however, sees and knows what is going on, on Planet Earth. Psalm 113: 6 informs us that God "humbles himself to behold the things that are in the heavens and in the earth." Then in Psalm 102:19-20 it says that "He looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven the Lord viewed the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to release those appointed to death."
The prisoner does not just include those in jail. It could mean anyone who is held captive to the power of their sinful nature that is manifested in all sorts of ways, like addictions, unforgiveness, destructive or abusive relationships, anger, depression, one's own attitudes, or even religious rules. The list could go on and on.
God is reaching out and looking down from heaven to help you, but you must cry out to him. Psalm 102:17 says, "He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, and shall not despise their prayer." Crying out to God is mentioned 5 times in Psalm 106 and 107. In contrast to this, the phrase "God brought them out" is mentioned 4 times. The word "lovingkindness" is seen 17 times in Psalms 103-109.
Instead of crying out to God for deliverance from sin and bondage, many people are running from the truth that can set them free, and they are running from the things that they are seeking the most. Are you one of those people? If so, God is running after you with an outstretched arm of lovingkindness, grace, mercy, and love, and he is saying, "Come back to me." If you decide not to do that, God will give you over to your own desires and impulses, as it says in Romans 1. That explains why we have so much trouble in the world. Check out what the consequences are in Romans 1:29-32. Does that not clearly describe the condition of the world today because so many people are choosing to run from the truth?
While God is looking down from heaven II Chronicles 16:9 tells us that his eyes "run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him." If you choose to allow God's outstretched arm of grace to draw you back, he will stand at your right hand. (Psalm 109:31) Now pick up a Bible and read Psalm 103:8-14 and see how compassionate God will be toward you.
What will you do today? Will you keep running away from God, or will you allow him to gently and graciously pull you back to his side? Matthew 11:28 says "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." The rest spoken of here is rest for your soul. Romans 10:9-10 says it needs to be a willful decision not based upon feelings or going to church. "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
(All scripture is taken from THE NEW KING JAMES VERSION)
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