Press In

I’ve felt the Lord speaking to me about these two words lately. Press In. Oftentimes, when I get a word from the Lord He also prompts me to share it with others through my blog. But lately, I’ve wrestled with feelings of insignificance and inadequacy which has kept me from obeying. “Why would anyone care what I have to say?” I ask myself. “I’m just another voice in the vacuum of space, saturated with opinions and advice, information and inspiration. What does it matter?” But this morning, during my time with the Lord He gently spoke to my heart and said,

“It’s not what you have to say… it’s what I have to say through you.”

Feeling convicted that I’ve sat on this word for half a week, I knew someone out there in that vacuum of space might be waiting on my obedience to share this word, and not even realize it. Therefore, I invite you to Press In.

My four-year-old son doesn’t know the meaning of personal space. He likes to be right up in my business. If I’m sitting in a one-person chair, he wants to sit with me. If I’m on the couch, he wants to be right next to me, pressed up against me, skin to skin. While it’s sweet that my nearness brings him comfort, it’s also annoying and distracting. It didn’t take me long to realize where he got the desire to feel close. One evening I found myself on the other side of the equation when sitting in bed as close to my husband as possible. Pressing in, getting comfort from his warmth and nearness. I apparently don’t know the meaning of personal space either.

That picture of nearness is exactly what I feel the Lord prompting me to share. Press In. Scoot closer. Get right up next to, skin to skin… God doesn’t need personal space, He’s longing for you to press in next to Him no matter where you are, or how you feel. Here’s what He says will happen:

James 4:8
“Come near to Me and I will come near to you.”

2 Chronicles 15:2
“The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you.”

Jeremiah 29:13
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you.”

Deuteronomy 4:29
“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.”

Isaiah 55:6
“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”

There are countless reasons why we don’t press in:

  • It takes effort and energy and oftentimes we are just too busy or don’t want to put forth what it takes to connect.
  • We are wounded or angry and don’t feel like being close—“what will it help anyway?”
  • Sometimes things are going well, so “what need do I have to press in right now?”
  • Perhaps one of the biggest reasons is we’re afraid of what we’ll find. After all, He’s promised that if we seek Him, we will find Him and that can be a scary thought. I mean, “what do I do when I’ve found Him?”

Among the clatter of all the excuses I just keep hearing “Press in anyway.”

When your circumstances leave you dePressed—Press in
When doubts and fears make you feel opPressed—Press in
When your failures and shortcomings leave you feeling unimPressed— Press in
When lack of motivation leaves you supPressed— Press in
When the stress of life leaves you feeling Pressured— Press in
When financial hardship leaves you comPressed— Press in
And when you can’t exPress how you feel inside—Press in

Press In. Because: “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” —Isaiah 55:6.

I’m just here to tell you, He’s waiting. Press In.

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