Thought for Nov. 17

My personal thought for today:

Submit to the Lord’s discipline. Embrace the present struggle. Accept the moment you are living. Give thanks to the Lord for his goodness. Release the past. See present opportunities. Put your life in his hands. Trust in the Lord. Let him carry you to the end. Rejoice and glory in Christ.

What you really need

Keep coming back to the Word all throughout the day. Don’t let it be something to check off your list and then forget about. Make it your meditation night and day. Think about it all the time. O Soul, the Scriptures are your life. In them you will find life. For in them you will find Christ. Let yourself be drawn into the Word constantly. Let conversations and events remind you of its truths. Other things in this world will leave you addicted, creating a need to constantly seek them out. What you really need is the Bible. It will free you. And in that freedom you will find nourishment in its pages. It will give you joy to return to it repeatedly. For it will carry you into God’s presence. This is where you were created to be. This is where every longing and desire has its true satisfaction.

Consider your ways. Think it through

Haggai 1.5 is the powerful verse that Ed M. works from in today’s devotional. It’s a must-read. We must take time to consider our ways and the results of our lifestyle. It matters in eternity what we choose today. But so many of us are all rush and no reflection. We’re whipped around by media and let ourselves be manipulated through our emotions. Give it some thought!

Focus question: When and where do you separate time to meditate regularly on your life?