God Is Awake
"Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench." (1 Kings 18:38)
Elijah asked, and God responded immediately. The prophets of Baal spent all day trying to call down fire from heaven, and nothing happened, because Baal was a false god. But as soon as Elijah prayed, God sent fire from heaven that burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, the dirt, and even the water in the trench around the altar. God was not asleep or on vacation; He was not surprised or startled. He heard Elijah's prayer and answered him.
Sometimes when you pray, you might think that God does not hear, or that He is too busy to listen, or that you are not important enough to Him. All of these are lies of the Devil. The Bible says God hears the prayers of His children and always gives them what is best. God always knows and does what is best, even though sometimes you might think He does not know what He is doing. Just as He did for Elijah, He will always prove Himself mighty and worthy of your worship.
Even though God is always awake and never sleeps, sometimes Christians sleep spiritually. How do they do that? They choose not to go to church, or fail to read God's Word and talk to Him in prayer. They forget God and live as though He cannot see them. But God never rests, He wants you to come to Him and spent time with Him. He wants you to talk to Him to tell Him the good and bad things that have happened today. He wants you to tell Him your needs, so He can show you His mighty hand. He is always there and always hears you when you pray.
God never sleeps and always watches over His children.
» Do you live as if God is sleeping and cannot see you?
» Do you believe that God knows everything about you and never sleeps?
» What would you do differently if you could see God standing right beside you?
Truth In Real Life
“To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”
Fanny Jane Crosby was born in southeast New York on March 24, 1820. When she was just six months old, she got a cold in her eyes that had to be taken care of by a doctor. The doctor made a terrible mistake that cost Fanny Crosby her eyesight for the rest of her life. It was later learned that the doctor was not really a doctor at all, and not qualified to do medical work. Before he could be arrested, however, he left town, never to be heard from again. But there are no mistakes with God. Fanny once said,
“Mother, if I had a choice, I would still choose to remain blind...for when I die, the first face I will ever see will be the face of my blessed Saviour.”
When Fanny was a child, her mother introduced her to the Bible. As a result, Fanny’s life changed completely. She began writing poems about Jesus Christ. Although she was blind, Fanny Crosby “saw” 8,000 of her poems set to music and over 100,000,000 copies of her songs published. She wrote up to seven hymns a day. Over the years, she used as many as 200 pen names so that the public would not realize she was writing so much. Once in a while, she would hear a hymn that she liked and would ask someone who had written the words. Often, she would be surprised to be reminded that she herself was actually the writer!
Fanny Crosby wrote hymns such as “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” “Blessed Assurance,” and “To God Be the Glory.” From an early age, she determined to rejoice in her limitations and the gifts she did have. When she was 8 years old, she wrote these words: “Oh what a happy soul am I! Although I cannot see, I am resolved that in this world, contented I will be.”
Are you content with your life right now? What do you think you need in order to be happy? God has given you everything you need!
1 Timothy 6:8 – And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.