Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 31, 2007
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
In today’s writing from Acts, God continues to show himself through the faith of his people. We are told of Paul’s travels and his mission to spread the Good News. He is being guided by the Holy Spirit and he cannot chose where he is to go. God tells him in a vision that he is to go Macedonia. Paul is not making the rules. He is a true servant of God and does what he is told. He does not question and goes. We are told of the route he took and the cities he visited on his journey. It is a biblical travelog.
In Philippi, he preaches to a group of women. The lord opens the heart of one of the women to Paul’s message. She believed and was baptized with her family. She also took Paul into her home but only if she be judged as faithful to the Lord.
Today’s reading speaks to me about being open to the Lord and making oneself available to him. Paul was obviously driven to tell others about God being present in the world in Jesus Christ and that he remains with us through his spirit. Paul is listening and is obedient to the will of God. Paul did not make his own decisions. The communication link between Paul and God remained constantly open because Paul made the decision to keep it open.
Isn’t this the challenge we all face; to keep our communication link with God always open. I find it very difficult. The pressures of daily life and the demands put on me often mean the communication link gets closed because I close it. I know that my daily routine must have God in it. I have found that I do not have to ask for direction from God. If through daily and sometimes hourly prayer I keep the communication open, he will deliver. There have been far too many cases of Godly intervention in my life to write it off as coincidence. I am fortunate that I am in daily contact with fellow believers both at home and at work. I thank God for these people who remind me to keep my spiritual phone line open. I am also reminded that knowing God’s will is not worth much if I do not act on it.
John Dickie, July 31, 2007