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When I read this passage on my YouVersion Bible app
yesterday morning, it really hit home with me.I don’t think there is any one of us who has not been affected by what
this passage talks about.We try to be
consistent in our efforts to do our best to be good and Godly servants to
others.I think most of us would nod and
agree there.However, it can become
frustrating and discouraging, after a period of time, when things don’t seem to
change or progress at all in our opportunities of trying to help others and do
good things to improve the life around us.
Being consistent can be very hard, especially when you feel
worn out from doing good and you don’t see any progress.This is our human perspective and thinking.In these times, which most of us regularly
have, we must put our faith in God and leave these situations in His hands and
trust that He is working, even when we cannot see.Paul says here that at the proper time we
will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
When we feel like giving up, it’s those times that we really
must put our trust and faith in God and be strengthened through Him to continue
on.Our perspective is so limited, but
He sees the whole picture.Let us not
become weary in doing good.
“Is He Your True Desire?” By Zach Wood Psalm 73:25-26
Every one of us would agree about how our desire should be
for God and not for the things of this world.However, if we honestly took a daily look at our lives from a distance,
we would most likely see a difference from what we desire and how we really
It is truly my desire each day to make God number one and to
serve Him with all my heart in whatever the day may bring.Even though my honest desire is to seek Him,
there are many different distractions that seem to catch my attention as I go
about my day.I find it difficult to
keep my attention often on growing with God.It is easy for me to get caught up in daily preparations that I
completely miss out on just stopping for a while to see something God wants me
to focus on and meditate on.
We all experience challenges all through our day.I hope and pray that this passage will
encourage you to be strong in your daily desire to seek God with all your
heart.We are bombarded with needs and
demands at work, at home and other various things we are involved with.We must remember that our number one desire,
above all other things, should be to make God priority and our heart’s desire
to serve.If anything else is more
important than desiring Him, then a priority check is in order.
From the time we get up in the morning to the time we lay
our head on the pillow at night, Satan is working hard to pull you away from
your desire and focus in serving God in any possible way he can.He will not stop or rest in getting you to
forsake that desire.He wants to put
anything possible in your way to lure you and entice you to fall from walking
with God.However, the more we desire
Him and the stronger we become in our relationship with Him, the less impact
Satan has on us. Honestly ask yourself the question again, "Is He your true desire?"
“From Desire To Intentional” By Zach Wood Proverbs 2:1-5
I try to be intentional about a lot of things.I want to be intentional about being a
positive role model to my kids.I want
to be intentional about being a supportive and loving husband for my wife.I want to be intentional about connecting
with my family and staying in contact with them.I also desire to be intentional about my
ministry job as a pastor in that I help guide and encourage people in their
walk with the Lord.I desire to be
intentional.It is something I’m working
harder and harder to be better about.
When I read this passage in Proverbs, I am encouraged and
reminded that if I want to be strong in my walk with God, then I need to be
intentional about spending time in His Word and gaining knowledge.My desire is to grow in wisdom from His Word
and to follow Him by being a fully, committed follower of Jesus Christ.I desire to call out to Him for insight and
to search for that as for hidden treasure.
My desire should drive me to be intentional in my effort of
growth.Many times, that does not
happen.I have the desire, but something
distracts me and I lose focus completely.With all that is going on in my daily life, it is often very easy to
forget that I need to be intentional about a lot of things, but first and
foremost, I need to be strong in my walk with God.
Do you want to be intentional about your walk with God?Do you really and truly desire to grow in Him
and to search for wisdom in His Word as you would search for hidden treasure? I
hope that to be true of your heart.I do
have the desire, but it’s often tripped up by some distraction or one more
thing I want to complete before I actually sit down and take the time to read.I need to be stronger.I am sure you feel the same as I do.I hope you feel the desire to be more
intentional in your desire and effort to be in the Word and to grow with