The United Heart (January 23)

The United Heart (January 23)

Why don’t we choose to devote ourselves to God more wholeheartedly? Even though we say we desire fellowship with Him, perhaps we’re not willing to let go of the alternative. Trying to find a way to have both alternatives at once, our hearts are divided.

The Beginning of Wisdom (January 22)

The Beginning of Wisdom (January 22)

We won’t grow wise without seeking God, and we won’t seek God without humility, respect, and reverence. That is why the fear of the Lord is the “beginning” of wisdom. Pride always corrupts the learning process, so if we wish to learn, we must humble ourselves.

Labor That Finally Fails (January 21)

Labor That Finally Fails (January 21)

Since it takes time for the real consequences of our actions to show up, the emptiness of work that disregards God is not always apparent right now. But eventually the failure of godless activity will become clear. The wise are willing to be warned about this.

Hiding from God (January 20)

Hiding from God (January 20)

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24). Such honesty before God is painful, but without it, there is no growth toward God.

Letting People Be People (January 19)

Letting People Be People (January 19)

Nothing short of divine love can equip us to love others as we should, for it is our security in God’s perfect love that makes it safe to love those who are not perfect. Without the God who ordained them, the laws of love would be difficult and dangerous indeed.

Letting God Be God (January 18)

Letting God Be God (January 18)

To seek God, in truth rather than in pride and self-sufficiency, is to seek Him in reverence. It is God’s prerogative, not ours, to set the terms of our relationship with Him, and that relationship will not be what we long for it to be until we let God be God.

What Faith Makes Possible (January 17)

What Faith Makes Possible (January 17)

By faith, we seek to please God because we love Him. It is faith that gives wings to love’s natural desire. Showing us not only that God can be pleased but how we may do so, faith gives true substance to love’s highest wish: the pleasure of our beloved God.

The End of All Our Desire (January 16)

The End of All Our Desire (January 16)

God holds every true treasure that our hearts yearn for, and He “can satisfy the last aching abyss of the human soul” (Oswald Chambers). His will is for us to seek Him sincerely and make our supplication to Him concerning every empty place within us.

The Joy of Fulfilling Our Purpose (January 15)

The Joy of Fulfilling Our Purpose (January 15)

As long as sin fractures our commitment to God, we won’t enjoy the fullness that can only come from perfect commitment. But if we genuinely seek God in trust and obedience, we’ll find a joy that, although incomplete for now, is nevertheless deep and true.

Capacity for Joy (January 14)

Capacity for Joy (January 14)

God has made “everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The limited joy that so intrigues us now is a delightful hint of what lies ahead for those who diligently seek God. Having been given the ability to foretaste eternity, we are being drawn toward Him.

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