Once again (unfortunately…well, for me at least), it has been a couple months since the last time I decided to sit down and write about what God has been doing and teaching me.
A few months ago, I purchased a daily devotional by a man named Paul David Trip called, “New Morning Mercies”. In the past, I have typically studied books of the Bible verse by verse, chapter by chapter. However, for the last several weeks (not always as consistently as I should I must confess) I have taken a break from that approach to my quiet time and have been reading Tripp’s daily gospel centered devotionals coupled with a text of Scripture that he recommends for further study and encouragement.
If you follow me on social media at all, then you have probably seen several reoccurring posts such as my trips to Spill the Beans in Downtown Greenville, my attempts to be humorous, and quotes from this devotional. So, rather than just quotes, I figured I would take some time to explain a couple of the things that God has been teaching me and reminding me of lately. My hope and prayer is that these concepts are just as encouraging and applicable for you as well!
- “It’s only in the mirror of God’s Word that you see yourself accurately, and only in his grace that you find help for what you see.” The world wants to tell you so much about who you are or who you should be, we pridefully lie to ourselves daily about who we think we are (and who others are), and often times we allow our experiences (high and low), social media, family, friends, etc. to define who we are. However, it is only through the revealed Word of God that we can truly see who we are at our core and it is only through the grace of God that we can find restoration, genuine meaning, and a real purpose. Thank you, Jesus, for being both the means and the ends of what my life (and the lives of fellow Believers) should look like.
- “Only when God is your hope is your hope sure and secure. Only he is able to give you the life that your heart seeks. Only he is able to give your soul the rest that it needs. Only he can deliver the internal peace that is the hunger of every human being… if your hope disappoints you, it’s because it’s the wrong hope.” We hope that our favorite teams win, we hope to see family for special occasions, we hope that we receive the gifts we request at Christmas time, we hope in this and we hope in that. Although none of these things in and of themselves are wrong or sinful, they will all disappoint at one time or another. Our teams lose. Our families don’t meet every expectation. We don’t always get what we want. But one thing that is certain, is that when our sole hope and trust is in the God of the universe, He will never disappoint us or let us down. He always comes through. He is forever faithful! He provides the peace that we seek, the rest that we need, and the love that we long for. Thank you, Jesus, for being the source of a never-failing hope!
- “Love means unity is more important to you than being right, having your way, and getting what you want.” I don’t know about you, but this one hit me right in the gut. Pride (being right, having my way, getting what I want) is anti-love. May I seek to consistently practice Philippians 2:4, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” If I am going to call myself a Christ-Follower and love the way Jesus loves, then I have to be willing to give up my own selfish desires and place Jesus and others before myself. Yes, so much easier said than done most of the time, but well worth the battle. Thank you, Jesus, for never forsaking the needs of others, and ultimately sacrificing Yourself to demonstrate the purest form of selfless love.
Jesus, be treasured!