Heart After God

My, Devotion to Him #169  

I think that we go through circumstances so that through them we learn to turn our eyes towards Jesus. We can’t forget that God is omnipresent and knows all that we are going through. Sometimes it’s not even problems that we are through. Instead, our faith, our passion for Him is straight, ho-hum. God doesn’t want us focusing on our problems or worse, having our souls dry and thirsty.   

Only when we seek Him will we be renewed with strength; ready to go again, and again, and again. He’s sorta like our battery charger.

We see this in Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – NIV  

Verse Passage: Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” – NIV  

David wrote this and it’s a standard of hope for us. It’s a promise you can count on. David had been through a lot of stuff. King Saul wanted to kill him. He had endured loss, tragedy, sorrow, desperation from family and heartache. Yet he let all these things build up His faith.  God called David “A man after His own heart.” Are we a people that is after God’s heart? What God did for David, He’ll do for us.   

At a youth conference I attended this statement was made: Are we being too busy about kingdom business too notice the King? Are we too caught up in family, our lives, ourselves to stop and truly worship the one who gave it all.   

Do we realize that God takes care of tomorrow. That He is sufficient for all we need. God is intensely interested in what is going on in our lives. We need to remind ourselves of the mountains He’s removed, the valleys He has filled in and the paths He has straightened.  God is so good, so gracious, so loving and so forgiving of His people. We are the apple of His eye. Let’s be a people after the heart of God.   

Doing His work!   

Copyright © 2018 by Shannon Olinger

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Devotionals by Shannon Olinger

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