WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.
"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe
Friday, March 18, 2011
“The feeding with manna described in Exodus 16 is typical of the soul of the believer feeding on Christ.....And to feed on him, and not on [our frames, nor feelings, nor experiences], requires that we should turn away from them wholly and not dwell on them, examine them, or even think about them...” Hannah Whitall Smith, Daily Secrets of the Christian Life, 3/18
This morning I woke up almost two hours before I needed to and lay there thinking about all the things that could go wrong for our son if he buys a house....what if he gets sick before his health insurance takes affect....what if he gets sick and can’t work.....what if the neighborhood deteriorates and he can’t sell when he wants to.....and on and on. When I start to rerun my thoughts I know it’s time to get up, turn on the light, and start writing in my journal and reading my Bible. But before I even got to these things God’s thoughts came to the forefront of my mind, and I began to “feed” on Christ and what I heard instead was: “This (fill in the blank) only SEEMS bad.” What God was telling me is that no matter what worst-case scenario we might dream up, it could only seem bad, because the truth is, for us who love God, everything comes through Him and ultimately will be for our good.
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35