Weekly Devotional #014
Close Yet Far From God
You can be in Church your whole life and still be so far from God; bitter toward Him even! Don’t get it twisted - GOD IS CONCERNED WITH YOUR HEART, not your Christian vocation. The prodigal son and the son who stayed were both distant from God - one in proximity, the other in heart; I definitely identify with the brother who stayed…
Full transparency - I’m too image conscious to turn away from God in a public spectacle of visible disobedience but, man oh man have I definitely been distant in heart; resentful for not getting my way or getting what I’ve asked for…
In those moments, I’ve served faithfully and, to my surprise (God’s sovereignty), lives had been positively impacted for the kingdom. However, I was a salty, bitter, Believer - cynical about the fresh fire of new Believers!
Why am I revealing all of this? I want you to be able to take stock of your own walk with God. Are you a faithful worker, yet bitter devotee? Are you visibly Christian, but inwardly beefing with the Lord?
Man, I pray that we learn and operate in the treasure of relationship with the Lord! That, in the midst of ALL our emotions, we turn toward God, not away from Him! Lord, help our unbelief. Help us to trust you. Help us to see you as a loving father. In Jesus’ name, amen!