After reading my daily devotional this morning and while searching for the suggested scripture readings, I came across another devotion by Sarah Young in my Bible (Jesus Calling Devotional Bible, Enjoying Peace in His Presence) that spoke directly to my heart. I don’t believe it was mere coincidence that this particular devotion came to my attention or that I stumbled upon it by accident, but rather that I was led to it. Because it was exactly what I needed to hear at the exact time I needed to hear it.
“To live in My presence consistently, you must expose and expel your rebellious tendencies. When something interferes with your plans or desires , you tend to resent the interference.”
That resentment only builds upon itself like building blocks carelessly and unsteadily piled one upon the other. How often I try to hide my misbehavior from the One who sees and knows all, every hair on my head. That I even think I can is delusional in and of itself. The slippery slope of a lie leads to yet another, and another…
I need not hide in shame at my behaviors and less-than-loving attitude, but bask in the glow of His forgiveness, and to seek His intervention in removing the splinter from my heart.
It also reads: “The ultimate solution to rebellious tendencies is submission to My authority over you…the best response to losses or thwarted hopes is praise: The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
I am not entitled to anything I have. All I have are blessings from an amazing God who blesses me beyond my wildest dreams. May I praise Him this day for all He has given me, and all He will give me. I am truly blessed.
“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” C.S. Lewis
Wishing you peace today.