God has gone fishin’! Today when you take God off the shelf that you have had him on since last Sunday and go to your neighborhood house of worship you will find a sign it will read:
God is taking the day off. Yes, He promised never to leave you (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus said He would be with you always (Matthew 28:20). However, when He said that He thought you wanted to be with Him.
There are seven days in a week and you give Him one and not even the whole day. He is with you seven days a week 24 hours a day.
Psalm 121 The Message
1-2 I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
3-4 He won’t let you stumble,
your Guardian God won’t fall asleep.
Not on your life! Israel’s
Guardian will never doze or sleep.
5-6 God’s your Guardian,
right at your side to protect you—
Shielding you from sunstroke,
sheltering you from moonstroke.
7-8 God guards you from every evil,
he guards your very life.
He guards you when you leave and when you return,
he guards you now, he guards you always.
So today, Sunday as you enter the door He won’t be there.
Only the Pastor whom you have put so much trust in will be there.
1. Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 KJV
The Choir will sing, words that magnify your troubles but do not glorify the Lord.
1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
2 Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.
4 All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.” Psalm 66:1-4 NIV
And the offering plate will come, as many times as you think it should, even though you don’t want to give that much.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 NKJV
On your to and from the church you will drive by someone in need.
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:31-46 (37-40) NIV
And, when you stop at the grocery store to pick up a few things there will be a young girl who has 11 items in the express land in front of you and she will be three dollars short. Though you have three dollars to give you will not but will be aggravated that you have to wait while she decides what to put back.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NIV
As the week progresses you will wonder why things are not going so well. You will be too upset to go to the mid-week service (not that you go anyway). Friday night you will happily make it to happy hour. You will sleep late on Saturday and then watch television the rest of the day. Next Sunday morning you will call somebody to see if it is worth going to church because God had the nerve to go fishin’ last week.
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Isaiah 55:6 KJV
6 When they go with their flocks and herds to seek the LORD, they will not find him; he has withdrawn himself from them. Hosea 5:6 NIV
(*note try substituting family and friends for flocks and herds)
Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
Sing him songs, belt out hymns,
translate his wonders into music!
Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs,
you who seek God. Live a happy life!
Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works;
be alert for signs of his presence.
Remember the world of wonders he has made,
his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered—
O seed of Abraham, his servant,
O child of Jacob, his chosen. Psalm 105:1-4 The Message
29-31 But even there, if you seek God, your God, you’ll be able to find him if you’re serious, looking for him with your whole heart and soul. When troubles come and all these awful things happen to you, in future days you will come back to God, your God, and listen obediently to what he says. God, your God, is above all a compassionate God. In the end he will not abandon you, he won’t bring you to ruin, he won’t forget the covenant with your ancestors which he swore to them. Deuteronomy 4:29-31 The Message
God is not going fishing this Sunday but Jesus is coming, sooner than you think!