Closing the Gap 1.18.18

By January 18, 2018Daily Devotional

Week 2 Day 4 Devotional

Pray:

Ask God to reorient you to Himself. Confess any known sin. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Be still and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to God’s Word. Pray for others in your life that they, too, would know and love God today.

Read:

Hebrews 11:1   Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

Reflect:

What are you certain of that you do not right now see?  The list is quite long: events in your history, people in your past, your own heart and brain, gravity, air.  We sometimes try to make our faith yield to proof that is not required elsewhere.  “God, show me!”  “Unless I see I will not believe!”  Jesus said those who have not seen and believed are blessed.  What makes them so?  It is because what is most vital is currently unavailable to the human eye.  We do not see God, yet everything depends on him.  We do not see God, yet our purpose comes from him.  Those who have placed their confidence in God even though they have not seen him are blessed precisely because they are living their lives in line with what ultimately matters the most.  To believe without seeing is not irrational; it is to realize that what is seen is ultimately temporary.  What is unseen is eternal.  What is irrational is to only believe what you see.  To do this means you doubt most of what is real because most of what is real is currently not available for you to see.  C. S. Lewis said that he believes in God like he believes in the sun.  Not because he sees it, but because of it he sees everything else. To not see and yet believe is to be positioned to see everything as it actually is.  Close the gap today on believing what you are not seeing and not being over impressed with what you are currently seeing.

Pray:

(Personalize this prayer today; make it specific to the circumstances that face you.)

Ask God to lead you through His Spirit as you go through your day. Ask Him to bring to mind the truth of the gospel and its implications for what you will encounter today. Tell Him “Yes” to His will and ask Him for His power and protection to live this “yes.” Ask God to create and reveal opportunities to proclaim the good news today.

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