Andy Hollifield 4-27-17

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

Come———–(1) to approach or move toward a particular person or place (2) to move into view; appear.

The word “come” appears in the bible 1972 times in 1817 verses. “Come unto” appears 673 times including 137 exact phrases. “Come unto me” appears 157 times including 26 exact phrases. Isn’t that how it is with us Christians? To come is not a problem but as it gets more specific it seems like people lose interest. By the time the scripture gets down to the saying “come unto me”, you are down to 1/12 of the total mentions. Where has the desire for the things of God gone to? Now let’s get down to facts.

In Genesis 45:18, Joseph was told by Pharoah told Joseph to tell his father to ……”come unto me, and I will you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land”. If you look at the provision made for the journey to get his dad, no one would have had any doubt that Pharaoh intended to take care of Jacob and the rest of the clan. Isn’t that how we do God? We look at all the evidence in my own list of things God has done for me and I should have no doubt that he fully intends to take care of me. All I have to do is come and get it.

In days gone by when meals had to be cooked instead of microwaved or picked up at a drive thru, “come and get it” was the call to a meal. If you heard someone holler ” come and get it” you didn’t have to wonder what they were talking about. The other interesting thing is that you didn’t even have to know what was being served, you just knew you needed food and you had confidence in the cook that it was going to be good. You went to get whatever they had for you. It would do us good to have that same attitude toward the things of God because we know from our own experience that whatever he has for us will be just what we need.

Let’s look at some of the things that God is willing to give us. He said in James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. All you have to do is come and get it. God never belittles you because you need something from him. He is a good Father and desires to give his children good gifts.

Another good one is peace. In John 16:33 Jesus said “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” There is no question that life is going to fill us with stress, anxiety, and worry but we don’t have to be filled up and consumed by it. There is a place to find relief and peace and it only comes from Christ. All we have to do is “come and get it.”

While we are on the subject of peace let’s look at joy. Not only does Jesus give us peace but he wants us to have joy in our lives. It is one thing to be relieved of worry but it is quite another to have that worry replaced with joy. For example, if you have ever had the doctor to tell you he suspected a problem with your heart or lungs or something and you needed to have tests done, do you remember the anxiety and uncertainty you felt? Then a few days later when you went for a recheck and he said it was apparently just scar tissue and you are as healthy as a horse. Not only did you have peace from knowing nothing was wrong but you had joy from knowing how good of a condition you were in. That may not be a great example but if you have ever been in that situation, you probably get what I am trying to say. I remember a time when they told us that they couldn’t see one of Tyler’s kidneys on the ultrasound. We spent a week just filled with uncertainty and I was filled with guilt because I figured if he had kidney issues he had likely inherited them from me. The next week another ultrasound was done and they said that he had moved and they could see two perfect kidneys and they sounded like they were working great. You talk about joy! Because of the question in their mind, they checked again and I found out ahead of time that he had good kidneys. Not only did I have peace from having the doubt settled but I had joy because the big concern I had already had been about his kidneys because of my history. God has a way of easing our mind and filling our hearts with joy if we submit ourselves to him. Peace and joy are different but they go together better than peanut butter and jelly or biscuits and gravy. Some things are good by themselves but even better together.

Did you realize that the word “doubt” is mentioned 13 times in the scriptures. Thirteen is the number of rebellion in biblical numerology. It doesn’t have to be open rebellion it can also be just a lack of belief in God in a particular situation. In Mark 9:24 the father of a demon possessed boy asked Jesus to help his unbelief. It wasn’t that he was in open rebellion but just that, based on his experiences he was consumed with doubt. Wanting desperately to believe that Jesus could help his son. He was wanting his unbelief to be replaced with faith enough to believe. Even his apostles asked him in Luke 17:5 “Lord, increase our faith.” If they needed help believing while they walked with him daily in the flesh, I am sure we could use an increase while we walk by faith and not by sight. I think we have all been there at some point, wanting more than anything to believe the Lord but just eaten up with little nagging doubts. But oh how precious is the relief when God floods your soul and relieves the anxiety and worry of a situation.

We have looked at wisdom, peace, joy, and faith. The list can go on and on because the gifts of God are wonderful and too numerous to mention. The main thing is that all you have to do is “come and get it”. He doesn’t use special delivery on everything. He wants us to put forth some effort, not to earn his gifts but to demonstrate our faith in him. If you need gas, you don’t just go anywhere to get it and you certainly don’t wait on someone to stop by your home or office and fill up your car. You go to a place where you know you can get what you need; gas. Jesus is the place where you can get what you need, just “come and get it.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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