30 April 2016
Reading: 2 Samuel 6; 1 Chronicles 13; Psalm 68; Matthew 17
17 Jesus said, “What a generation! No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this? Bring the boy here.” 19 When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, “Why couldn’t we throw it out?” 20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (Matthew 17:17, 19-20 MSG)
Jesus had some hard words for his closest followers. They discovered they were unable to exercise the power he had given them, and after the dust settled, they came to Jesus to find out why he could overpower Satan and heal the boy and they couldn’t.
His answer really makes me think…“Because you have no focus to your lives,” and “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously.”
I am determined to take God seriously. I’m learning to make adjustments to my schedule and to my commitments in order to have focus to my life. I know that doesn’t mean I should be weird, and be so “heavenly minded that I’m no earthly good,” but I know it’s true of me as well as of Peter, James, John, and the guys. I get so many things going on that it’s hard to maintain a clear and simple focus to my life.
God has made it clear to me in this season of my life that it is important to know what things to say “No” to so I can say “Yes” to the right things.Sidebar: Sometimes it’s harder to say an emphatic “No” than to just give in and say a grudging “Yes”! And another thing – if I’m not careful I can wind up saying “Yes” to less challenging things because I’m inwardly afraid of the real challenge of the thing God is prompting me to embrace. I don’t suppose you ever face this sort of internal struggle?
I purpose to find the simpler path and keep my life focused on God.I will take God seriously! I purpose to say the right “No’s” so that I can say the right “Yeses!”
Father, Here I am again, thinking about how to keep the main thing the main thing! Today, I purpose to take you seriously and to find out what that really means. I will look for your fingerprints and listen for the whispers of your voice today. Amen.