When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Matthew 2:13-15 (NIV)
I have blown right past those. What have you blown right past? I have blown right past warnings from you. Why is that? I have been busy. I have been preoccupied. I have been distracted. My heart and mind and life have been filled with so much activity, it has been hard for me to hear from you. That’s not good. No, it’s not. Is this the only reason you have blown right past warnings from me? No. it’s not. I have been self-reliant. I have been self-sufficient. I have been self-centered. I have thought that I didn’t want or need advice or guidance from anyone. Including me? Yes, I am sad to admit and say, “including you.” Many times, I have not received your guidance or followed your instructions. That’s not good. No, it isn’t, but it gets worse than that. How so? I have wanted, what I wanted, when I wanted it. I have not listened to hear what would be best for me. I haven’t followed your desires for me. Often, I have wanted and pursued what I wanted even if it was not good and right and pleasing to you. I have been stubborn. I have been strong willed. I have been independent. Most of all, I have been stupid. I have gone my own way and done my own thing. That’s not good. No, it isn’t, and I have suffered more than my share of bruising and brokenness as a result. I want no more of this kind of life. What do you want? I want what you want for me. I want to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to know and do your will. That is very good.
I have a question for you. I’m listening. How will you live your life differently? What changes will you make? I will listen attentively to you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will receive your guidance. I will follow your instructions. I will most certainly hear and heed your warnings. I will get up immediately and take the steps you are requiring of me. I will not linger. I will not wait. I will spring into action. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will live the life you are calling me to live. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you that you are watching over my life. You are guarding and guiding me. Help me to hear and heed any warnings of danger from you. I will get up. I will immediately respond. I will take decisive action to avoid the danger that is ahead of me. Amen
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