Reposting from Aug 2012…
When I went on a three-week tour in Europe last year, I bought a devotional called “Man in the Mirror” to take with me on my iPad so I could keep strong in my walk, but unfortunately, I didn’t do a great job of keeping up with it on a daily basis. Maybe it was the long days or just too many distractions in the different cities we visited… who knows. Nonetheless, I recently picked it back up because I longed to have a deeper and less surface-level God time than what I was having.
Today’s devotional was about obedience and based on Romans 1:3-5. ” …We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit (The Message).”
It reminded me that each one of us, including myself, struggle with our “worst ways” on almost a daily basis at times. But as we growth in our faith and read more of the Word, we become more and more equipped as soldiers of God. We become more aware of what all is possible simply by putting our trust in Him. He keeps us focused and gives us endurance through this race called life. That’s true obedience. Though I continue to struggle through my own “worst ways” as Pastor John Wittie (@jb_witte) often says, I do it with more hope and confidence that God will take hold and pull me through it as long as I have obedience, trust and faith in Him.