Do You?

You identified Yourself as the good shepherd who cares for the sheep. You know the ones who are Yours, and they know You. They never follow another voice because all others lead to danger and death. Only with the Shepherd can they find safety.

In our day, so many people want to widen the gate. They may accept You, Jesus, as a good man, but they also welcome the other deities or rituals people rely on to try to get closer to You, claiming all efforts to reach God are equally worthy. But You say Your own sheep know better. They know the voice of their Shepherd who has told them there is only one way to the Father. We enter his grace through You alone. It is only in Your pastures that we find abundant and eternal life.

 

You Walk With Me

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12

With Your Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence, I am changed. The apostle Peter tells me, “Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God” (1 Peter 2:10); my former sins and my past lose their luster in light of Your incredible goodness. As I take in more of that light through repentance, Scripture-reading and prayer, I start to see Your hand in the details of my day—and the world around me. Just as You promised, You are with me wherever I go. You, the God of all creation walks with me, and I grow to be like You.

Quit Trying So Hard

Equip me to share with others that they do not have to feel burdened by the need to appease You. The world needs to know that their sins should not keep them from coming to You because they feel that they need to do something good first to make up the deficit. Your truth tells me that You, Jesus, invites all of us to rest in You. You didn’t come into the world to condemn us, but to save us. We don’t – I don’t need to earn Your approval. It’s already given to all those who trust, believe and depend on You, Lord Jesus. It has been given to me!

Do You Hear Me?

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.Exodus 33:11

Why do I feel as though others have a special bond with You, God? Why do others seem to experience You, Jesus, in a more intimate way? I marvel at their spiritual awareness.

The Israelites in Moses’s day must have felt the same way as they watched Moses walk into the tent of meeting, where he met with the You, Lord, prior to the building of the tabernacle. The Bible says that all the people watched from their tents and worshiped You from afar, while You spoke to Moses face to face—talking to him as one would to a close friend. But Joshua was different. He was not content to worship You from a distance, but stayed right outside the tent. Even when Moses returned to the camp, Moses’s young aide Joshua did not leave the tent. Perhaps he was guarding the tent. Perhaps he simply could not get enough of You.

I long to be closer to You, too, Lord. I don’t need to stand at a distance, only wishing I knew You better. I can follow Joshua’s lead and go boldly into Your presence through the blood of Christ. I can hear from You firsthand as You reveal Your heart to me through Your Word. Then I can go out to the rest of the watching world and tell them about Your message of love, grace and forgiveness.

How Can I Be Thankful?

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34-36

How can I be thankful when everything this year has gone wrong? I have lost a few lifelong friends. I have watched others suffer. My family relationships are strained. Things aren’t going my way. My heart is heavy.

As I ponder this past year, Your Holy Spirit speaks to my heart to quit focusing on my struggles and focus on Your plan for my life.Your truth tells me, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4 ESV). 

Lord, I know I tend to focus on things that are going wrong and not what You are doing in my life. I know Your ways are perfect and I will lift my hands in praise and thanksgiving – today and everyday – and trust in Your goodness. For You are so good! I will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. I will follow Your plan and celebrate this day of Thanksgiving.

What Is I Seek Truth?

“And he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour” (John 1:36-39 ESV).

We search for meaning in life but can’t find it. We work to be good but often fail. We look for hope but find ourselves lost.

What are you seeking? It’s the first question Jesus asked His disciples in the book of John. And it’s a question we all must ask ourselves? Are you searching for truth in your life but the world pulled you away from God by enticing you to believe that others have the answers that will bring you happiness? Our Lord is calling you to come and see and seek His face, His Word—the Bible—and His promises that will fulfill your life—His truth.

I Seek Truth is an intimate journey of devotions that are heartfelt conversations with our heavenly Father – written in first person so that you can identify with each topic. From Genesis to Revelation, I Seek Truth will encourage you to seek and know God’s Word and His truth for your life.

My prayer is that His Word will speak to your heart and that you know He has done great things through the obedience of those who seek Him. And You are part of His plan.