Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have music that may or may not apply to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Thirst: Is There More?”. It is 5 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing. Lari Buckhart will be assisting as well with guest commentary.
“1 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
2 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
3 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
4 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
5 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
6 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
7 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
8 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.”
“18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,”
Jesus is the truth. Let us hunger and thirst for the truth in our desert culture. One woman writes, “I find myself going up and down depending upon the circumstances. Life is difficult. I often have this ‘lost’ feeling. Lost equilibrium, lost identity, lost purpose, and no horizon line. When I do read the Bible I feel like I am just filling my head with knowledge, and that I am just a ‘hearer’ of the Word. I want to feel different. I want to be different. I want to find my purpose. But I don’t know how to live the truth in the midst of the culture. I get caught up in the pressures, in my feelings, and in the stressful circumstances.”
Without even knowing it, we suppress the truth with unrighteousness. We have wrong thinking and wrong motives. Read Romans 1:18-22. (If you have time, continue reading through Romans 1.)
How have you responded to the truth? How have you responded to the culture, the pressures, and your feelings? What importance have you placed upon God and His Word? If you have a journal, write a prayer-or take a moment to close your eyes and say a prayer silently-to ask God where you suppress His truth and walk in unrighteousness because you are listening to your feelings, giving into the culture, or doing things your way.
Like yesterday, choose one verse from today that the Lord can use to renew your mind and transform your heart. Take this truth to heart and bring it to life throughout your day.
I believe a lot of us, myself included, have tried to quench our thirst for something bigger with worldly things. From video games, to Netflix, to girlfriend/boyfriend, to drinking, and etc etc. The only one who can quench our thirst is God. Seems simple, but we fight sin everyday. How we can have the knowledge of not having idols but turn around and skip church to play video games or just to be lazy is beyond me. I am guilty of this myself and had to take a hard look in the mirror to change things. Sometimes the hardest thing to believe is the truth, as Relient K so eloquently said.
There were two verses that really struck me in the reading for today’s devotion.
“They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” Romans 1:25
This verse illustrates so clearly what many of us struggle with daily without even knowing it. We make time to watch a favorite TV show, but how often do we set aside time to pray without interruption? We strive for the elusive 100% completion of a game, but how many of us can honestly say that we’ve read the Bible in its entirety? Most of us wouldn’t actually claim these things as worship, but I have to ask myself if God would feel the same way.
“Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.” Romans 1:28
I can recite at least 20 Monty Python skits all the way through, I have extensive knowledge regarding Doctor Who trivia, and I would prefer not to admit how many times I’ve read and reread the Harry Potter series. However, when it comes to the knowledge of God, I am woefully ignorant. I know verses relating to topics that specifically interest me, but I couldn’t tell you what is on page 394 of my Bible. I know the names of the prophets, but the backstories are a little fuzzy. I’ll admit that this verse struck me pretty hard and made me wonder if I’ve really been giving God’s word the attention I thought I was.