Continuing the devotional series:
Scripture for the Journey
Day TwoPsalm 40:1-2
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
How many times have I stepped off your firm path, chasing rabbits down obscure trails, or meandering after tasty fruits? Unfortunately, the rabbits end up disappearing down dark holes. The fruit only momentarily satisfies.
Next thing I know, I've falling into a pit of despair and self-pity, caught in the muck of a pointless life. All the paths I follow wander in pointless circles. Each day passes as the last, with nothing accomplished. I look back over my wandering life with dissatisfaction.
However, in these dark moments, I can call out to you. You will pull me free. You will wash away the muck I've made of my life and set me back on the right paths. The rocky path of salvation.
One way to avoid pitfalls and detours is to establish life goals. Both long term and short term goals. Though we need to trust God to direct our steps, we need to have a basic road map of where we want to go.
This is something that should be done over a period of a few days. Be prayerful about this, seeking God for direction and wisdom. Make a list of your heart's desires. Don't listen to any negative or rational thinking. For the moment, simply write down what you wish to do. Then the list you create can be whittled down into manageable steps.
Some things you desire to do might seem too big. These can be long term goals that you can try for later. Think about what steps you'd need to take to achieve that goal, and write them down as well. This will be the direction you take to reach that big goal. Along the way, you'll want to manage smaller, more easily attainable goals. The key is to keep it simple, keep your eyes on God, and keep focused on your destination.
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