Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 9, 2018
Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life. Deuteronomy 30:20
The Christian life is a matter of focus. Do I focus on my fears, my problems, and my needs, or do I focus on God? Do I love Him, listen to Him, trust Him, and allow Him to consume my life, or am I wrapped up in myself? These are two very different perspectives. One takes life; the other gives life. One saps energy; the other gives energy. So how can we listen to God, trust God, and make God our life? It starts with love.
When we love God, our affections are heavenward. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1–2). Love means we want to be with Him, understand Him, and please Him. Loving God means our love for others or things pales in comparison to our love for Him.
Others may become jealous because of the time and attention you give God. It may be hard for them to understand, but in reality, if your love of God is pure, those closest to you will be better off. Because the Lord loves you and you love Him, you cannot help but love those around you. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16).
Focus on God also means you listen to Him. Quietness and solitude become a part of who you are because God’s voice is clear and crisp during stillness and reflection. Other competing noises are snuffed out when you take time to listen. Listen to Him in soft, contemplative worship music, listen to Him through mediation on His Word, or listen to Him beside a bubbling brook under the canopy of His creation. His voice is constant and soothing; He is everywhere, searching to communicate with and comfort His children.
How well do you listen to the Lord? Does it take a posture of desperation? Do the ears of your soul perk up in the presence of your Holy Creator? How can we not listen to the One who holds the world in His hands and who loves us beyond comprehension? Indeed, listen to Him, and do quickly what He says. Obedience acts on what it hears by faith.
Trust is also a part of our focus on God. He can be trusted because He is trustworthy. Others will let us down, but not God. He is always there to comfort us in our affliction and to convict us in our sin. Trust His flawless character; out of this trust flows peace that this life does not offer. Trust most especially during uncertain times; He will work it out for His glory.
“The Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him” (Psalm 32:10).
PrayerHeavenly Father, grow my heart of intimacy with You, I confess Christ is my life, in His name, amen.
ApplicationIs my faith focused on receiving the love of my heavenly Father?
Related ReadingPsalm 115:15; Isaiah 65:16; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Romans 12:14 Taken from Seeking Daily the Heart of God v.2
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