“I am The Lord your God who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
Thank You Father that You are my God. Thank You that You know what is best for me and that You are willing to communicate that to me.
Open my ears and my eyes so I can understand what You are saying to me.
You tell me that “if only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.”
How many times have I given up that peace because I thought I knew better than You? Or because I was afraid to go forward where You were leading me? I desire the peace and well-being only You can give me. Show me how to be bold enough to follow where You lead.
Father, as I look for the way You direct me and teach me to live, I do not have to look very far. In today’s scripture, You tell me plainly: “Do not live as the Gentiles do.” This is not a cultural judgment, but a spiritual condition.
You explain they have hardened their hearts to You and to spiritual matters. This separates them from You. They live in ignorance and have a darkened understanding which dulls their sensitivity, allowing them to give in to sensuality and indulge in every kind of impurity, lust, and greed.
Father, be the light in my life that brightens my understanding and softens my heart to comprehend these Words of life You speak to me. I do not want to live separated from You, but in community with You.
Your presence blesses me, comforts me, encourages me, protects me, motivates me and spurs me on to be better than I am without You.
Father, help me put off those dishonest and deceitful ways that my flesh leads me into. Help me control my tongue, my anger, my selfish tendencies and greed. These things come from the world, the flesh and evil one who all seek to rule over and destroy me. Do not let them be master over me.
I desire what You offer me: Your peace and well-being. Let my actions and attitudes reflect that. I will look for You to teach me the way I should go in all my circumstances. And I will be blessed in following You. Thank You. Amen
Isaiah 48:17-18; Ephesians 4:17-32