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Day 21 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Psalm 62:1b NLT

For my victory comes from him.

There are many places we look for salvation or deliverance from our lot. The big picture is our eternal destiny, yet we become consumed with the minutiae of life. Some long to win the lottery as a quick fix for outstanding debt or a springboard to a five-star lifestyle. Others hope for a return to full health or the ability to conceive children. We can all too easily become wholly consumed with the desires that whirl within our heads in a ceaseless pursuit of a life other than that which we currently have.

Yet, God’s desire for each of us is that we grow up into maturity in him. For that to happen, God responds to the unique creation he made of each one of us. This response may not be comfortable or welcome, yet it is directed towards God’s ultimate purpose.

As a young, arrogant evangelist with YFC, the CEO gave me huge amounts of slack. I was perceived as gifted and providing added value to YFC. While loving the free ride then, today I regret that my long-term future needs were left out of the equation. My habitual avoidance of issues or situations I didn’t want to deal with, as well as my uncontrollable temper, was never challenged by those in authority. My behaviour, which on reflection was at times abhorrent, wasn’t checked. Consequently I developed in my head something of a golden child mentality, and when I might have best been served by facing effective discipline, I in fact ran riot.

Life continued, yet I hadn’t learned to take responsibility for my temperament. I was unable to reign in my unhealthy behaviours. I was locked within an immaturity inappropriate for my age and experience. I blame no one but myself. The answer I only stumbled upon in my freefall years with Katey. It was to cry out to God. I had sought salvation through so many activities, yet ultimately God required that I surrender completely to his care and authority.

QUESTION: Where do you look for salvation? Is it in financial security, good health, vibrant relationships?

PRAYER: Loving God, shine a light into my heart. Let me see what I am trusting in and turn my heart to look to you alone for salvation. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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