All In

Devotional

Have you ever wondered why things weren’t changing for you? Why you can’t seem to hear God’s voice? Or why things keep happening the way that they are? Why you keep feeling the same way over and over again?

“Move your heart closer and closer to God, and he will come even closer to you.” – James 4:8

I’ve been going through a time where I didn’t feel as close to God as I normally do. That felt weird to me. What was going on? Maybe I was just going through a process. Then it hit me. When you’re in relationship with someone you want them to talk to you, to hang out with you, to be comfortable and vulnerable around you. I know I want that. And if I  feel that way what make’s my relationship with Jesus any different? Isaiah 30:18 says “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you.” He longs for us. He craves time with us. He wants to get to know us and for us to truly know him. Jesus wants a close relationship with me. I realized I’ve been expecting him to carry all the weight. For him to just fix everything and for me just ask for it and that be it. But that’s not the case. Yes, God wants to fix you and your situation, but he also wants to be your shoulder to cry on. He wants to hear all things you’ve been holding in. To grow in relationship with someone you both have to be committed. That doesn’t mean just a give and take relationship. But both giving and both taking. We know the ways in which we can grow closer to God. So why do we tend to avoid them? Prayer, Worship, Reading the word. It can feel like a struggle. Like its hard to constantly stay connected. That’s because when we do those things. We’re unstoppable with Jesus. The enemy knows that. But push through the “not wanting to” or “not having the time” and just do. So much relief and peace can come from just one chapter, just one song, just one conversation with God on your way home from work. So I encourage you and continue to encourage myself. Not to just be 50% in, but to be all in for God. What do you have to lose? You have so much to gain.

Psalm 63

O God of my life, I’m lovesick for you in this weary wilderness.
    I thirst with the deepest longings to love you more,
    with cravings in my heart that can’t be described.
    Such yearning grips my soul for you, my God!
 I’m energized every time I enter
    your heavenly sanctuary to seek more of your power
    and drink in more of your glory.
For your tender mercies mean more to me than life itself.
    How I love and praise you, God!
Daily I will worship you passionately and with all my heart.
    My arms will wave to you like banners of praise.
I overflow with praise when I come before you,
    for the anointing of your presence satisfies me like nothing else.
    You are such a rich banquet of pleasure to my soul.
I lie awake each night thinking of you
    and reflecting on how you help me like a father.
    I sing through the night under your splendor-shadow,
    offering up to you my songs of delight and joy!
With passion I pursue and cling to you.
    Because I feel your grip on my life,
    I keep my soul close to your heart.
Those who plot to destroy me shall descend into the darkness of hell.
They will be consumed by their own evil
    and become nothing more than dust under our feet.[a]
These liars will be silenced forever!
    But with the anointing of a king I will dance and rejoice
    along with all his lovers who trust in him.

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