As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.
This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait daily for the next few days for the completion of the 7 day devotional. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.
Associated scripture with today’s devotional:
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
You know the saying not everything you see on TV (or on the internet ) is real. We cannot live assuming everything you read or see online or on TV is true. We are living in a society that people are manipulating data and facts to suit their own will and needs. Assuming that you can always accept the truth at face value is no longer viable in this day and age of alternative facts and fake news.
I have always been big on looking at the bigger picture, researching and testing theories to ensure if I can believe certain truths. My experiences has shown me that the biblical texts are true. God does love me. God dwells within me. I can feel his presence. I know this not because of something I read on the internet or saw on tv. I know this because I study his word. Meditate in his presence. I know this because I feel his love. I don’t need mans opinion to validate anything for me. I don’t need man to tell me something is without me looking into it myself. I don’t assume that what everyone tells me is true.
With this being said I am going to transition to today’s devotional.
Day 4 Mala Ministries:
Pray today that you will not be swayed by opinions that do not come from God. He is looking for you, and whenever you stray and return, you realize that He never moved. The world is filled with imitations and fads that come in the guise of wisdom but are actually snippets of evil disguised to give you comfort. No relationship crumbles because of a single blowout; almost all of them fail because we do not acknowledge the slow leaks that deflate us. Friends, be wise to the captivating assumptions of innocent wonder because you think there is no victim.
From the very first assumption in the Garden of Eden, man has always been susceptible to the negative influences of other people. Today, make a decision to question your own assumptions. “Why” you believe the God of the Bible is as important to the planning of your day as “what” you believe. Lean on Him to prevent the false promise within a false premise. Make a commitment that you will seek His will to overcome the assumptions that can be a roadblock to genuine wisdom.
One example of this is in the contemporary church. The biggest roadblock to contemporary worship is the doctrine and denomination that jeopardizes that worship. Worship is for God and not for the creator of the order of worship, or the one who is in charge of the bulletin. John Maxwell reminds us that we can indeed go to heaven sans a bulletin. The assumptions we make on what is holy, pious, traditional and ritualistic are sure to become obstacles if we keep looking to the “how” and not the “why.”
Today, meditate on the things you want to understand through the lens of God. When the lamenting prophet Jeremiah cried out to God, he was told, “Seek unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you cannot comprehend.” God is reminding us to look away from the prejudices of our own assumptions and at the majesty of His promise that lies just outside our comprehension.
Father God I thank you today for your love and mercy. I give you praise for your daily bread. I thank you for being ever present at every moment in my day. Thank you lord for always guiding me and not allowing me to accept assumptions as facts. Thank you for the ability to comprehend details laid before me. Amen.