Devotion for August 27, 2022

“This is the way; walk in it.” (Isaiah 30:21)

I love the verses of today’s reading! The Lord has drawn them to my attention back along the track, encouraging me through them at key times. So today, I pray that he gives us fresh insight and revelation in our hearts to something he is saying to us through them!

As in yesterday’s reading, we are reminded today in verse 15 that we choose by taking up what the Lord offers or by ignoring, taking no notice; in effect, rejecting it. The gift of salvation is ours to be lived daily in the combination of repentance (of our unbelief) and rest (trusting God and what he has said) — discovering strength in the quietness of the soul as we actively trust the Lord is at work in our situation and life.

Learning to surrender our frenzied activity and anxious thoughts, facing and dealing with daily happenings from an inner place of peace that transcends our understanding (Philippians 4:7), given to us by the Prince of Peace (John 14:27), and discovering the dynamic life hidden in the peace that he alone gives. This is an interesting and challenging journey of exploration and ongoing growth!

On this side of heaven, we will have times of adversity — stuff going wrong or affliction — things going wrong in our health and wellbeing. Yet these, too, are places or seasons of learning! As with me right now, anyone accompanied by sciatica in the journey knows the pain involved! It’s not fun! But in any affliction or adversity, the Lord is working something of his plans and purposes each day as we learn to rest in our relationship with him and let him accomplish whatever excavation work he wants as he prepares us for the stages of growth. Does that sound like “ouch”? Or, “let’s go”?

Will we trust him in what he is doing in our daily life? In hearing his voice, discover life!

Prayer

Lord, help me to draw strength from your work and walk in your way, especially when life is troublesome. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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