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Daily Devotionals

Day 26 – Issue 15

todayMay 1, 2015

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Be Still Know

Psalm 15:2 (NLT)

‘Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.’

What is the uniform for God’s disciples? All clothes look attractive in advertisements or on the shop window manikin but can look completely ridiculous and inappropriate once I squeeze myself into them.

For years I have practiced a well-developed level of self-deceit. Much like I tell myself that I am an appropriate shape, ignoring my GP’s request that I lose weight, so I sometimes commend myself upon my godliness when in reality I experience inner conflict. I can have every good intention and fully appreciate the nature of God’s preferred costume. However, living that consistently proves troublesome and I am forced to ask myself, if not my friends, ‘Does my hypocrisy look too big in this?’

It’s all too easy to refer one another to a phrase such as, ‘walk blamelessly, and do what’s right’. That’s fine in the solitude of my own devotions which remain impervious to the interruptions of the countless annoyances I encounter once I leave such holy stillness. Surely God cannot expect me to exercise patience towards the clowns I come across in everyday life?

Yet, perhaps it’s less about the inconsistency and annoyance I find in others and rather more to do with my own lack of godliness. I am increasingly frustrated and a measure ashamed of my ongoing inability to ‘walk blamelessly’. I often trip up doing what is wrong when having every intention to do what is right. When offended I want to retaliate. When challenged I want to pursue winning my argument.

I have come to recognise that I am in constant need of practical discipling. My internal reference point is so often far removed from the way I actually show up in the world. It is the actual showing up that tells the wider world, and me, more about who I am in God than any well-rehearsed speech about my integrity.

QUESTION: As you reflect upon those twin phrases of walking blamelessly and doing right, what comes to mind?

PRAYER: Holy God, all your ways are just and true. Teach me your ways; guide my steps, my thoughts, my deeds today.

Written by: Matt Weet

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