Thursday, May 9, 2019

Daily Devotional May 9 - Which Way Are You Headed?

"I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments."  Psalm 119:59-60

David exposed more of himself to us than you and I would want to do. He wrote down for all time his weaknesses for all to see. He revealed to us that even when he was king, he was frail and needy of someone, something greater than himself. He knew that left to his own devices it would be a short time until his life would fly apart like a broken fan blade.

David knew God. And because David knew God, he knew what to do about his insufficiencies. David knew that he could only take things so far and then, even in the best of conditions, he could not solve every problem nor meet every need, external or internal. Throughout the Psalms David reveals his inability to master life on his own. He tried and at times he strayed away from the knowledge within, but over the long haul David came to his senses, and because of that he pens many important truths for us.

David thought on his ways. Have you given serious thought about your ways? Have you drawn a map and laid out a plan concerning some of the destinations you will encounter along the way because of the direction you are in. You know you can have a lot going on that is right and good and still have a habit or certain indiscretions that will steer you into certain areas that are not good for you or your family. David thought on his ways and concluded that he needed to turn to what God had said or is saying. He did this because he had tested out this theory before and every time that he would find himself on a jaded or corrupt path he would consult with God and turn around and get back on the right path and things would work out. He tried this over and over again. David was stubborn, but maybe no more stubborn than your or me.

Once David realized he was going in the wrong direction he turned around with haste and started on the God path again. You can easily be assuaged to go your own way and make your own path. And many things go well when you are on your own path. God made it that way. God created everything so that even without acknowledging Him you would have all the components you need to live a healthy and productive life. You don't need to acknowledge God to exist, and work, raise a family and take vacations. But your life is limited, so limited without the presence of God. The decisions you make might benefit you or even your family, but with God you benefit everyone with the decisions you make. You can do a great many things on you own power with your own direction or religious philosophy, but with God all things are possible.

You can get yourself into many cracks and crevices on your own, but getting out isn't so easy. You can work a job without ever acknowledging God, but you can truly be blessed and fulfilled in your work if you have a relationship with God where you allow God to intervene in your life. You can learn a lot about science and life on your own, but you can know the Maker of it all with a relationship with God. You can live a life limited by your surroundings and circumstances and all that nature has to provide or you can live a life with all that and a regular infusion of the supernatural also.

I can't think of one area of life that is not enhanced if God is involved with you by invitation. I'm with David and I thought about my ways and that made me make haste to turn to the living God and find out more about His ways. My ways have a limited and abrupt end. His ways have unlimited opportunities and no end at all.

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