Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Thirst: Is There More?”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Lari Buckhart will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.”
1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
“14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5
“1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Do you desire to love the Lord with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength? Do you wonder, though, what that kind of love looks like? Maybe you haven’t known how to love Him. Perhaps you have a very difficult time believing that God is loving or that He would ever love you. Maybe you feel like these women: “I just barely survive each day.” “I don’t know if I have ever felt loved.” “I feel very little love in my heart for anyone else.”
If you have never turned to God, cried out to Him for mercy, and repented of your self-centered ways, this is the perfect day to do so-God’s appointed time for you. Our gracious God stands with His arms open wide. Confess that you are a sinner and cry out to Him for His mercy, believing that He will cleanse you from all of your sin.
Maybe you have known the Lord and experienced His love, but the majority of us do not have the kind of relationship with the Lord we want to have, or the kind He longs for us to have with Him. We have difficulty comprehending the kind of love He has for us and wants for us to know.
Believing that God loves you and desires an intimate relationship with you is the first pivotal step in coming into a radical love relationship with Him. The next is acknowledging your sin and knowing that you can’t do it apart from His grace and that there is absolutely nothing to fear because of His grace (1 John 4:18.)
If we are to thirst after God, we must stop filling ourselves with the things of this world, and be filled to the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14-19). We live in a time when people are so full of self they can’t receive the truth. Instead, we must seek first His righteousness: we must humble ourselves, confess our sin of fear and unbelief, turn from our own unrighteous ways, and turn towards God.
Read 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Whom and what does Paul say people will love? Make a mental list. Do any of these describe your sinful, corrupt nature?
In the pattern of Romans 12:2, what is one scripture from today that the Lord is using to renew your mind and transform your heart? Meditate on this today.
We can experience love and even read what it is (1 Corinthians 13), but I don’t think we will fully experience it till we go to heaven. The earth is plagued by sin and we are only human. If we can’t see God then I can’t imagine we can fully feel His love for us. It would be far too overwhelming! That would be an experience to make me lose my sensory input. I think 1 John 4:18 is my favorite verse out of all of them today. It follows on in verse 19 to say that we love God because He loved us first. That is so true. God’s love is not dependent on whether we love Him or if we accept Him.
“What is one scripture from today that the Lord is using to renew your mind and transform your heart?”
Psalm 63:6-8 – “When I remember Thee on my bed, I meditate on Thee in the night watches, For Thou hast been my help, And in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to Thee; Thy right hand upholds me.”
If you’ve ever been on a mission trip or to a Christian conference, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of transformation they can bring. Everything seems clearer, God seems closer, and you know that you’ll be able to hold onto that feeling after you get home. I mean, once you get started it’s easy to keep going, right?
This isn’t usually the case. We get home and real life returns. We’re no longer in an environment where all we have to do all day is read our Bible, attend services, and participate in worship. We’re no longer surrounded by people who believe and want the same relationship with God that we do. All the things (friends, games, TV, etc.) we use to fill our days and avoid any kind of boredom are waiting to take us away from that feeling of fulfillment. Sometimes it’s immediate, and other times it’s more of a slow fade away from God as we let other things steal our attention and become our focus.
The solution to this will look different for everyone, but one thing is sure: if we spend more time entertaining ourselves than seeking God, we’re only going to find Him sporadically and we’re never going to be able to maintain the relationship.