Good morning family, in today’s devotion, let’s talk about today’s thought, “Encountering God”.
Today’s thoughts comes from Acts 9:5-6 which said,
“5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do”.
These two verses come from the story of Saul on the Damascus road as he encounters Jesus and walks away changed. This year has been filled with may encounters; encounters with both kind and difficult people; encounters with situations both good and not so good; encounters with joys and pains, laughter and sorrow; and encounters with God.
Earlier, I smiled as I read the first few lines of an article in the papers in which the author stated that, “There’s a reason why airlines have a strict baggage policy and weigh luggage. Lots of heavy baggage could prevent an airplane from taking off safely, or cause problems in flight which could cause a crash. Humans are the same way; some of us carry a lot of baggage, however, perhaps you should pack light, so you land safely”.
As we move closer to stepping into the final few moments of this year, we have the opportunity to shake-off anything that has hindered us; to get rid of any excess baggage or weight, the stuff we don’t need to carry into the new year; whether it’s unforgiveness, ungratefulness, anger, anxiety, or simply the struggle you’ve had with yourself over the past few month. We have the opportunity to finally let go, and fully embrace the tug of God in our hearts.
As we climb the last steps of this mountain called “this year”, to peer over the horizon into the vast unknown of a new year, my question to you is, “What do you see on the horizon for your life in the new year”?
It is my prayer that just like Saul’s encounter with the living Jesus, that you and I too would have many moments of encounter with the true and living God. That as we encounter God, each time we become more and more like Him. In our ways, attitudes, ambitions, wisdom – that we walk away transformed. May you new year lead to more encounters with God.
Pray with me: Father, I thank you today that through dangers seen and unseen, You have brought us this far by your grace. We stand in the boldness of Christ today and declare that we believe that the same God that has keep us this year, is the same God that will keep us in the new year. Thank you for fresh encounters with you. Amen.
Remember to make time in your busy life to become a part of a good weekly Bible Study group so you can connect with others, build your faith, and learn and grow together as a family; because the truth of life is, you can’t succeed alone.
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