A Matter of the Heart

Dec 28 2012

Verse of the Day: Mark 4:25 "Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him."(NIV)

While driving back and forth between Lake City and Aztec over the last several weeks I have been in awe of God's amazing creations. And it got me to thinking (I know before any one says anything I agree that's pretty scary to think that I might be thinking about something, so just humor me) isn't it great that God has give us humans the ability to create new technology that can make life simpler and better-- like being able to set the cruise control on our vehicles while on long trips? And  in some new models of vehicles I see where they have designed the ability for your vehicle to parallel park itself;  other models that will slow you down or even come to a complete stop if you get to close to something in front of you. I have even heard they are in the process of designing vehicles that you can program in a destination and it will drive itself to where ever you are going, without you ever having to put your hands on a steering wheel.  And while these devices are great they are not always practical at times. Like setting the cruise control to 50 or 60 mph while driving to Lake City and never changing it for road conditions or adjusting for the terrain.  Could you imagine what would happen while driving over the mountain passes especially during ice or snow packed conditions and you never adjusting your speed? The results could be deadly.

And yet as I look at this world that is exactly what I see a lot of people doing with their lives. They've set the cruise control for their lives to one speed and never changed it. They are either racing through life so fast they are missing God and life all together, or they are going so slow they never get anywhere and their life is over before they even get out of their own city limits.

John 10:10 says'  "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (NKJV)  While God wants to give us life and give it to us abundantly He doesn't expect us to sit back and just go through life on cruise control. And I feel when we sit back and go through life on cruise or auto pilot we are allowing the thief to steal, kill and destroy what God has for us and wants from us. Whether we want to accept it or not we do have to take responsibility for our actions while here on this earth. And just like setting your cruise control on your vehicle to one speed and never changing it could have costly or even deadly results, I feel the same is true with life. While it might seem like a good idea to set your lives on cruise control, I think God would then see us as being luke warm and God's word tells us in Revelation. 3:15-16 "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other! So, because you are luke warm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth. (NIV) So, what does your life look like today? Have you set your cruise control thinking no adjustments are needed? And what is your temperature gauge reading? Don't wait for your check engine light to come on or you are in adverse conditions before making adjustments or decisions. God wants to give you so much more in life. So, take responsibility and use what God has given you for His glory. Start a preventive maintenance program today by getting with the Creator of your life. His Technology and Creation is always perfect.

Dec 27 2012

Verse of the day: 2 Peter 2 : 19 And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your heart.” (NIV)

Well if you haven’t figured it out yet the phone company didn’t show as promise last Friday, so I was unable to send out any devotions at the end of last week or the beginning of this week, so we are going to try it again tomorrow by heading back to Lake City in hopes they will show up.

I am an earlier riser by nature and every morning I am awake before sunrise.  And each morning as I awoke in our new cabin I would sit in the dark, visiting with God and waiting for the sun to shine across the canyon on Colorado’s lowest 14,000+’ peak which measures 14,001’. The peak sits directly outside of the two larger picture windows of our cabin that face to the NW. It is called Sun Shine Mountain but Jo and I have renamed it to “SON” SHINE MOUNTAIN. And what better way to start each day out than having the SONshine greet us each morning.  With that said there were a couple of days when we were unable to see the sunshine on the peak due to clouds or a storm blowing through.  But as soon as the storm passed or the clouds moved on, we were able to see the sun shining on the peak once again. Nothing had moved; the peak was sitting right where we last saw it on a solid foundation. And regardless how severe the storms or how thick the clouds we always knew it would be in the same place.

I think life is a lot like this-- there are days when you can’t see, or may not be able to feel, God’s presence in your life. Those days when the storms of life roll in or the clouds of doubt, fear, worry, confusion, or anxiety take over your thoughts. And you lose sight of the SON. But we must remember just like SON Shine Mountain never moved even in the worst of storms, neither will God’s love for us move. If you are not seeing or feeling God’s presence right now guess what -God has not moved- ONLY you have moved.  And just like the sun once again shines on the peak of Sun Shine Mountain after a storm, God’s amazing love, peace, and grace will shine down on you when you turn and face God’s Son once again.

I hope you never lose faith in knowing even in the mist of storms that come and go throughout your life, God has not and will not move. He is right where you last saw Him and He has provided you with a solid foundation on which to stand through Jesus Christ.  So never lose hope. Keep facing the Son even when you can’t see or feel Him. I guarantee you He is still right in front of you and wants to shine down on your face, but He can only shine on your face when you are looking towards Him.

I pray you will find Christ as your Morning Star, so when He returns, He will be able to shine His full glory on you.  So, keep seeking Him daily through the Scripture and asking the Holy Spirit to guide you to His truth as we wait for the Morning Star to return and take us home.