Thursday, March 30, 2023

What do you seek?

I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me. John 5:30

I have come to the point in my life where the fear of the Lord in my eyes is fear of not being close to Him and trusting Him with every detail.  I do believe in the fear of His awesomeness, but I am not afraid of His wrath or judgement because I know He desires the best for my life.  Because I spent many years seeking after my own will and working on getting my own way accomplished, I now know that path is nothing but heartache and destruction.  Today, my heart is to seek the will, plan and direction of my Father, who sends me to be His witness and His body in this world.

In today’s reading, Jesus talked about not seeking His own will but following the plan of God for His life.  However, He didn’t have the same problem that I had, because He made the decision from the beginning that He would do only what He heard from His Father in heaven.  Even though He struggled a little before He went to the cross, which is understandable, He still submitted His will to His Father’s because He knew the plan was for the good of all other people and that God would never let Him down.

Today, it is easy to look back on Jesus’ life and say that it was easy for Him to only do His Father’s will and even though He was perfect here in the world, it doesn’t mean that it was any easier for Him than it can be for us.  He had to make time to listen and press into God for strength, direction and the plan.  He knew that in order to accomplish what was in the heart of His Father, He would have to know His Father so intimately so He could complete every assignment that He was sent here to do.

This is our example still today.  If Jesus needed to seek God and spend time praying and listening for the plans of the day, how much more do we need that intimate close time to press in and listen for the plan for our day and our life.  It can be easy to start off in one direction and think “I got this, Lord”.  But if you do not check in on a daily basis, just the slightest distraction can knock you way off course where you can be devoured by the enemy of your soul.

So, today I want to encourage you to check in with your heavenly Father.  Ask Him to make your assignment for the day plain and clear.  It may be to reach out to someone who needs a word of encouragement or it may be to visit a friend who is going through a rough time.  Whatever He puts on your heart, be open and believe that He will make time for you to fit it into your schedule along with the other responsibilities you have.  Jesus was on His way to some place every time someone came to Him for help.  He didn’t turn them away. He made time for them right where He was.  He understood that people are the most important priority to God and they need to be ours too.

Today’s scripture reading: John 5:24-30

24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 

25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 

26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 

27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 

28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 

29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 

30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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