Are You Out Of Your Comfort Zone?

Why is it that I praise and seek You only in the good times but complain when things aren’t going my way? I feel like I’m barely out of Egypt, like the Israelites grumbling against You, God, for taking me out of my comfort zone and into unknown desert, only to struggle with my current situation or to be bitten by the snakes of this world. What is it that You are trying to teach me? I can’t find contentment with where I am!

How quickly You show me that if I continue grumbling and walking in my disobedience the metaphorical serpents of this world will bite me. My eyes are not seeking the One You lifted up to give me an abundant life—eternal life. I’ve been consumed living in the moment and living my way. Your truth tells me,

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look up at the bronze serpent and live” (Numbers 21:6–9 ESV).

Your Son was lifted up on the cross to die so I could be with You forever. And when I keep my eyes looking up to You, Jesus, I see truth. I live! Your truth tells me, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15 ESV). My Savior, I lift my arms to worship You and trust You in my unknown desert!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father. Published by Hachette/Worthy Publishing

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Don’t Look Back – Move Forward

Lord, I think back on the people that You brought into my life and those that You removed. And even though there were times I didn’t understand what You were doing, I know that both were tremendous blessings of encouragement and protection. 

Sovereign Lord, I love how You protect and direct my life – that You see and know everything about me. Your truth tells me, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8 ESV).

Jesus, my heart listens to Your Spirit and You encourage me not to look back, but to keep my eyes upon You – Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You are the One who directs of my life and I will seek and trust You – today, tomorrow and forever!

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

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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.

Resentment Doesn’t Work!

When I think about Job’s friends, Job had every right to resent them. The seven days when Job’s friends simply sat with him in silence would have been enough. But then they began to speak, doling out criticisms and misrepresenting both You, God, and Job in the process. They thought their words were holy and sound, but they were not based in truth.

As I read Job’s story and his friends’ gross misinterpretation of truth, I cringe. Job could’ve easily turned away from You and his friends. He could’ve turned from truth and turned toward resentment, but he didn’t. It’s a good lesson—one the body of Christ needs to take to heart. You call Your servants to places of suffering in certain times of life, not as a punishment but as a means to learn to trust You more deeply.

Lord, You show me that resentment doesn’t work. The bitterness destroys the heart and it destroys my relationship with You. I cannot resent others and love them at the same time. If I am a follower of You, I must stand firm in Your love and truth even when I am faced with criticism. You are the only One that I long to please. 

* I Seek Truth is written in first person as if you were the one talking to your Heavenly Father.

 

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