April 22, 2018 Daily Devotion
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Read: Psalm 94
As I nurture the divine exchange with God, I build up resiliency for moments that can test my faith. I know God will never leave or abandon me, yet at times it is my desire not to surrender my pride or will and allow God to show me the way. Pride is the greatest obstacle in seeking the Lord. “In pride of his face the wicked does not seek him” (Psalm 10:4). Humility, regarding others and their opinions as more important than our own, is essential in seeking the Lord.
Although I must admit, with each passing day, I find myself more eager to engage the Lord and humbly seek his will. By continually seeking God’s will, you set your mind and heart on God. According to the writer, John Piper, “Seeking involves calling and pleading. O Lord, open my eyes. Lord, have mercy and reveal yourself. I long to see your face.”
This setting of the mind is a conscious choice to direct the heart toward God. This is what Paul prays for the church: “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:5). Remember, this effort to seek God is a gift from God. The Lord promises that “If you seek him, he will be found by you” (1 Chronicles 28:9). God is our greatest reward. At the end of each day(s), it is between you and God. Cultivate that love affair with the eternal Father to experience his pure peace in the present moment.
Through the Smile, Breathe, Love meditation we can focus our attention on drawing close to God and experience the joy of his spirit. “Jesus, I need, trust and love you.” Run into the arms of Jesus.
Cultivate that love affair with the eternal Father to experience his pure peace in the present moment.
Unite all in love for God is love!