Unshakeable Devotional - Where Are You?

Where Are You?

By: Pastor Tony Pena, Outreach Pastor
Where are you? Is the simple, three-word question God asked Adam after he and his wife had committed the first sin.
The question, while simple, is deep and full of spiritual implications.
It is the question I believe God still asks Christians today … if we are listening.
Like Adam and Eve, we have chosen to listen to the wrong voice.
We have fallen for the lie shaped by the serpent’s question, “Did God really say …?
We question God’s authority, and the authority of his Word, and we disobey him.
We go our own way rather than his way. We desire what we don’t have rather than being satisfied with what God has given us and trusting Him to provide all we really need.
We fall short, we sin, we separate ourselves from his loving presence.
But don’t forget, God comes looking for us.
He continually draws lost people back to him. He seeks and saves that which has been lost. But he doesn’t force us to do what we don’t want to do. He loves us too much. He’ll never take away our free will—it’s such an important part of how he created us.
So sometimes, like the dad in the parable of the lost son (Matthew 15:11-32), he waits for us to come to our senses and head back home to our Father.

Today, I’m sitting with God’s question for me: Where are you?
I’m considering specific areas of my life where I’ve run away from God or where I’ve been hiding.
I’m seeking to be brutally honest and humble as I look at my current spiritual location and I’m looking for where I need to take action.
Some of us may need to step out of the pig trough of our sin, that place where we have become comfortable even though we know how messy it is, and make a difficult journey back home.
At the same time, as leaders, we are called by our Father to come alongside those who are still far away from him. He has committed to us the message of reconciliation, as though God were making his appeal through us (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20).
The spiritual life of leaders is a topic we need to speak about, although I’m certainly not a perfect model. But I believe it’s vital to how we lead and what kind of impact we can make.
Where are you? is not a question of condemnation from God. It’s a question he asks in his grace and his unmerited love for us.
He seeks us, as he seeks our friends and family members and neighbors and co-workers who are still far from him so that we may have an everlasting relationship with him now and forever.

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Helen Gibson - May 1st, 2020 at 6:58am

Where are you? Such a powerful message. I appreciated your boldness to be honest. Thank you! May God be with us all as believers to strengthen those who are in need of Gods word as we are strengthened as well.

Marie Thomas - May 1st, 2020 at 8:01am

God has shown me his Love and that he's always going to be there.

Lloyd Gilmore - May 1st, 2020 at 10:00am

Thank you Pastor Tony for that message this morning. I pray for the boldness of the Apostles in the the book of Acts to share that same love with those in the workplace. This is an environment where God’s word needs to be heard.