Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

READING


Old Testament: Jeremiah 20:7-11
Morning Psalms: Psalms 102
New Testament: 1 Corinthians 10:14-17; 11:27-32
Gospel: John 17:1-26
Evening Psalms: Psalms 142, 143

DEVOTIONAL


“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while
I am still in the world, so that they may have the
full measure of my joy within them.”
(John 17:13)

What struck me about this verse is that the foremost thing on Jesus’ mind at the very hour he was to be taken prisoner was that the disciples know of the joy they brought to Him.  He is praying for His disciples.  He loved them.  

He loves me.  Yet, I have felt spiritually dry lately.  I have wondered why I have the right to be loved by God.  I am so imperfect in every way.  So, when I feel spiritually dry, it makes me doubt that God can love me.

So, how do I turn from spiritual dryness to knowing the joy Christ speaks of in John?  In her book, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God,” Lisa TerKeurst gives an example of God’s love and the joy He wants you to have:   imagine you are planning a surprise party for someone you love.  Everything you do is done with great love.  The day arrives.  Everything is perfect.  But the loved one decides to go through the kitchen and up the back stairs to his/her room.  I wonder if this is what I do to God?

I believe God wants to show me the joy only His love can provide.  Yet, sometimes I reject it, ignore it, or worse don’t even see it.  Every day, God gives me signs.  His love is all around me, and I just need to open my eyes to see and my ears to hear that love.  It can come from anywhere and from anyone.  I need to recognize those signs so that I may feel the fullness of God’s joy that Jesus wished for the disciples and for all of us. 
VAN


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