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“What Do You Want Me To Do?”

Day 349
Verse of the day

So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Acts 9:6

Often the Lord startles us. When we have grown cold and complacent towards the nature of the divine life, when we have become bogged down by schedules and systems that cannot retain His nature, He startles us out of our comfortable places. These acts of the Lord towards us are intended to stir up our attention towards Him, that we may listen and perhaps hear what He has to say.

We are pilgrims who have not gotten to our promised land, pilgrims in search of a city whose builder and maker is God. Having not yet attained all that Christ has attained, we, like the children of Israel on their journeys to the promised land, must build more tents than houses for ourselves. Tents are temporary, they are easier to pull down and pack up, carry and rebuild at a new place of settlement. Same cannot be said of houses.

Our walk with the Lord must find us in a place where we are often seeking His face, constantly asking, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”  This gives us an assurance of not being left behind when He moves. The Lord desires to bring us into the fulness of His blessings. We must therefore give heed to follow closely on this journey. We should be careful to take note of the gentle nudges of the wind, the sound of the rushing rivers, the scent of flowing oil, and follow along. This way we will never be behind God, not for a second, a minute or an hour; not for a year.

References: Hebrews 11:9; Jeremiah 35:7

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Today’s Confession

Lord, I submit myself to you, to obey implicitly, to build no structures for myself even when they come with the promise of present comfort, to stay attentive to hear what next You would have me do and where next You would have me be that I may ever abide in Your will.

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