True Desire

I want to thank all of you who have supported me and this site for the past several months. It has been a pleasure sharing with you the love of God and this life He gives us.
I must delay providing devotions for the foreseeable future for lack of resources to continue this mission. I almost certainly will be back with you but for now, it’s time to take a pause beginning April 3.

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps. 37:4)

To delight in the Lord means to “love the Lord with all of your heart and all of your soul and all of your strength and all of your mind.” (Mark 12:30)

This means more than simply knowing about God, but to experience God.

You are moved with love and affection for God; His desires are your desires; His thoughts are your thoughts.

It’s akin to empathy: you see the world through God’s perspective, and you therefore see His absolute, unyielding love for you and all of humanity.

Loving the Lord with all of your strength means seeking God in all things – and knowing that He will likewise reveal Himself in all things.

“In all you do – in word or deed – do for the glory of God.” (Col. 3:17)

When you love the Lord with all of your mind, you bring all of your thoughts back to God, constantly striving to give Him glory.

Realize this doesn’t mean you must become a “Jesus freak” and lose all of your personality, constantly badgering everybody about your love for the Lord (especially because you need not badger anyone with words about how much you love God – it will reveal itself in your actions).

No, what it means is that you’re devoted to God above all else.

You do not avoid obeying Him because it might make you look bad in another social circle. No one else’s opinion matters.

If you please God, it makes no difference whom you displease. But if you displease God, it makes no difference whom you do please.

And if you please God, then all of the desires of your heart will be met – because pleasing God is your heart’s desire.

Amen!

Eternal Confidence

I want to thank all of you who have supported me and this site for the past several months. It has been a pleasure sharing with you the love of God and this life He gives us.

I must delay providing devotions for the foreseeable future for lack of resources to continue this mission. I almost certainly will be back with you but for now, it’s time to take a pause beginning April 3.

“This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God – who does not lie – promised them before the world began” (Titus 1:2)

Keeping a secret is not always easy. It’s even harder to keep a secret secret when you tell it to another person.

The old saying goes, “If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”

But while no secret is safe with any mortal, God will never let it slip.

God does not lie – He has never lied. He does not deal in gossip, nor does He falsely accuse. He does not trade secrets for secrets, because He already knows all there is to know.

You can trust that whatever you tell God will stay between you and God. You can tell Him all of the horrible things that you would never tell another soul, and know that it will go no further.

In fact, you have to. That’s the point of confession.

But here’s the beauty of confessing those awful things:

“I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.” (Jer. 31:34)

Fear not that your secrets will get out.

Fear not that the Lord will lie to you – about anything.

Instead, have confidence that you have eternal life, given to you by the Creator of life.

After all, God said it, and that settles it, whether anyone else chooses to believe it or not.

Amen!

Humility Exalted

I want to thank all of you who have supported me and this site for the past several months. It has been a pleasure sharing with you the love of God and this life He gives us.

I must delay providing devotions for the foreseeable future for lack of resources to continue this mission. I almost certainly will be back with you but for now, it’s time to take a pause beginning April 3.

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6)

When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, we find ourselves in the most secure location in existence.

We are under His personal protection and guidance, with access to His infinite wisdom and counsel.

The essence of humbling yourself before the Lord is, above all, practicing patience. Trust and obedience are absolutely vital, but patience is the key to humility.

God has all the information; He knows all the players, and He knows the game. Trust that He will make the perfect move at the perfect time (even when we think the best time is right now).

Worry is a condition of apprehension regarding the passing of some future event (regardless how likely).

Some say that worry reflects a of a lack of trust in the Lord. To an extent, that may be true, but, as anyone who suffers from worry or anxiety certainly knows, it’s not like you can just flip a switch and stop your thoughts.

The trick to easing your mind and removing the tendency to worry is indeed in trusting the Lord.

But this does not happen overnight. It only occurs after you have experienced the love, the truth, and the hope that is found in the Lord for yourself.

This requires trust – that He will do what He says.

This requires obedience – that you accept His prescription and follow His command.

And this requires humility – that you acknowledge His will and His timing, instead of insisting on your own wants and desires.

This is called a relationship.

Relationships take time to build trust. But over time, after a track record of promises have been made and likewise kept, the bond of trust grows stronger an stronger.

You know that this person will do what they say because you have seen for yourself that they always keep their word.

The Lord, likewise, always keeps His word. He may not “hop to” as we would often prefer. But He always keeps His word. No matter what.

“Cast all of your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:7)

When you start living as though you trust Him and then you see that His promises are always fulfilled, then you will start to notice that you worry a lot less because you trust a lot more.

That’s when it stops being head knowledge about God, and becomes real knowledge of God.

Take it personally.

Amen!