Halfhearted Hope

Today’s devotional reminds us to pay more attention to the details of our lives, because in the scope of things it really is the finer moments of our day in which God is speaking to us, working on us, and even working through us. Sure, it is easy to see God or hear God when some larger calamity occurs, but watching and listening for His leading in otherwise insignificant events throughout or day shows that YOU are engaged, YOU are invested, and YOU are ready/willing to be led.

I know, it may seem odd to be SO attentive to ‘finding God’ throughout your day, but once you make it a habit, or a regular occurrence, you will find that He is actually whispering to you and leading you. John 10:27 even reads; “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”, but the key word is ‘hear’. Now, too often we take that to mean we will be getting audible messages. But, we have to hear with the ears-of-our-heart. Really though, the Lord and His leading can be found in SO many places throughout your day, whether it is sights, various sounds, impressions on peoples face, and most importantly, the scriptures themselves.
Look on your entire day as though you are on a treasure hunt. No, God is not hiding from you, in fact, Jeremiah 29:13 reads; “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”, which is to say that we should NOT wait and hope the Lord will “slap us up-side the head” with some divine message or some spiritually wrapped event. Rather, we are to devote our whole being into watching, listening, seeking His face, His grace, and His leading… even in tragedy, hard as it may seem. He loves us and provides constant guidance for us even in troubling times.
Romans 8:28 states; “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”. This alone is such an important confirmation that regardless of how accepting or approving you are of your predicament, He has a plan, a purpose, and certainly a blessing in store for you… your only requirement is to watch for it, to seek it out, and to expect it to happen… but, not with Halfhearted Hope!

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