June 1, 2012

Not a great beginning of this day

Having devotions in an airport is a challenge. Noise, loudspeaker announcements and other distractions grab at my focus, never mind trying to type on a mini-keyboard. But those are not my real problems. I am frustrated with a family member and having difficulty concentrating on God because of it. God knows all about it. He even sovereignly arranged today’s devotional reading so I would get this reminder and rebuke.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20:21–22)
The peace of God is an amazing thing. It does not depend on circumstances, but a sense of why I am here and the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of letting life’s annoyances disturb my peace, I need to let the Spirit do His thing. F. B. Meyer gives me great advice…
We should never leave our room until we have seen the face of our dear Master, Christ, and have realized that we are being sent forth by Him to do His will, and to finish the work which He has given us to do. He who said to His immediate followers, “As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you,” says as much to each one of us, as the dawn summons us to live another day. We should realize that we are as much sent forth by Him as the angels who “do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.” There is some plan for each day’s work, which He will unfold to us, if only we will look up to Him to do so; some mission to fulfill; some ministry to perform; some lesson patiently to learn, that we may be able to “reach others also.” As to our plans we need not be anxious; because He who sends us forth is responsible to make the plan, according to His infinite wisdom; and to reveal it to us, however dull and stupid our faculties may be. And as to our sufficiency, we are secure of having all needful grace; because He never sends us forth, except He first breathes on us and says, “Receive ye the Holy Ghost.” There is always a special endowment for special power.

Oh Lord, since I’ve already left my room without prayer and without confessing my bad attitude, I need to go for a walk and have a chat with You.

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