Closing the Gap 12.7.18

By December 7, 2018Daily Devotional

Advent Season

Week 48 Day 5

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:

Ex. 2:23-3:7 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.  The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.

Reflect:

You are waiter.  How are you doing with that?  Some days and some situations you probably do better than others.  If you want to close the gap on faith and love then you must do an honest evaluation of how your waiting is going.  If you find that you are responding the same ways in your thoughts, emotions and choices now that you did a year ago, and those choices do not reflect Christ then you are not closing the gap.  Do not despair, be honest and take the reality of who you are right now to God.  Ask him to help you change, to give you a vision for real change. If you are serious about change…then commit to it.  Then go and utilize the many resources he has put at your disposal to actually change.  You may think you have no resources or opportunity to change but that is not true. You have God’s word, God’s Spirit, God’s people, and God’s promises.  Those are tangible resources with practical applications and results…it is important that you see them that way. Now as you employ God’s resources in your life you must also fully embrace waiting.  Waiting on God is critical to becoming like Christ. Impatience is not a friend of growth. It takes us off the path and into the ditch. Then when have grown tired of living the “ditch life” we get back on the waiting path.  We go back into the path of God’s will and God’s resources. Remember, waiters are never passive they are always vigilant and active in their waiting. Passivity is the opposite of real waiting. Waiting implies something anticipated in the future.  People do not wait for nothing; they wait for something. You are to wait on God. As you wait on God you are simultaneously experiencing God. The beauty of being a waiter for the King is that even in the waiting, and maybe especially in the waiting, we experience God’s presence, power, and beauty.  You are waiting on God. You are not merely waiting on God to “do” something; you are waiting on him. Like the bride waits for the groom, so we wait for God. It is God’s full presence in our lives we are waiting for. During the time of waiting we get to experience his presence in part. Therefore even the waiting on God is experiencing God.

Pray after reading:

(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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