Devotional for Wednesday January 17th

Good Morning Everyone,


Our theme for this month: “Balance”


Our Bible verse for today: “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you except to fear the Lord your God by walking in all His ways, to love Him, and to worship the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul? Keep the Lord’s commands and statutes I am giving you today, for your own good.” Deuteronomy 10:12-13 (HCSB)


Our thought for today: “Start with God and go from there.”


Living a life that’s balanced and healthy in all the important ways starts with God and then we go from there. And the good news is that’s it’s not that hard. That’s what Moses was telling the Israelites in Deuteronomy 10:12-13. Essentially he said, “Get your hearts right. Love God, worship Him, and obey His commands. It’s no more complicated than that and it’s for your own good.”


There’s a lot of wisdom contained in those two verses from Moses. This is the starting place for getting it right in life. Love God, walk closely with Him every day, obey Him, and build the rest of your life on that firm foundation. It seems so simple and yet so many of us mess this up. We get so busy with other things that we neglect our relationship with the Lord. Or we engage in behaviors that are contrary to His commands and then we rationalize our conduct and attempt to explain it away.


When I visit and counsel with young men in the jails and prisons, young men who have become entangled in a life of drugs and crime, this is the lesson I try to get through to them first and foremost. If they will establish the firm foundation of a good relationship with God, then build the rest of life on that, the other pieces of life will fall into place. But if they continue living far from God and in disobedience to His commands, they will just keep getting more of what they already have – a life of addiction, crime, and incarceration.


You may not be in such a desperate life situation. Perhaps drug addiction, crime, and incarceration does not describe what you’re experiencing in life right now. But are you overly busy, tired and stressed, struggling in relationships, in deep debt, depressed, or feeling overwhelmed with other life situations? If so, the first thing you want to check is where you’re at with the Lord. How good is your relationship with Him? How obedient are you to His commands?


Being in a good and healthy relationship with God doesn’t necessarily eliminate the challenges of life – it just strengthens us and enables us to handle them better. When it comes to building and maintaining a life that is balanced and healthy, we must start with God and then go from there.


God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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