Will you find shelter in what you seek?

April 11, 2019

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.
(Zephaniah 2:3 (NIV))

Human nature is an interesting thing. We like to think that we are complex in our thoughts and actions, but in reality, we are simple in nature. We all have a need for shelter. We all have a need for food, and we all have a need for acceptance and love. Each of us have things that drive us; things that we seek in order to fill these basic needs. One of those needs is the need for love and acceptance. It is said that we all have a God-shaped hole that we are trying to fill in order to fulfill that need. All of our efforts in life are our attempts to fill that hole with something besides what it was intended to be filled with. Some of the things that we seek to fill that hole will lead to death and destruction. Some will lead to pain and misery. Some will lead to fame and fortune, but the most important thing that we can choose to fill that God-shaped hole with is God!

There is an old saying that he who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. In other words, whatever you choose to focus on in your life to try to fill that hole is what will eventually cause your downfall.

There is only one thing that you can seek that will overcome the results of filling that hole with the wrong thing!

Perhaps we should put a new twist on the old saying. Perhaps we should say he who lives by God’s Word, dies to the world and lives in righteousness!

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
(Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV))

In all honesty, we all seek something. Make sure that what you seek is not a quick fix that will lead to destruction.

Will you find shelter in what you seek?

Copyright 1998 – 2019 Dennis J. Smock
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Where does your help come from?

May 22, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
(Psalms 121:1-2 (NIV))

Too many people seek help from sources that can at best only provide a brief respite from the troubles that this life sends our way. They look to money to solve all of their problems. They look to drugs and alcohol to make the problems go away. They look to fame to draw attention away from their problems and onto their abilities. All of these forms of help are actually no help at all. Even in the midst of these attempts, the very thing that people turn to for help causes even more desperation and grief.

What do you turn to for help? Perhaps I should ask it in this manner. Who do you turn to for help?

Human nature is a fickle thing. We seek validation in what we do. We seek someone or something that will tell us what we do is ok. We are seeking to fill a void in our lives with something, with anything. Only God can fill that void. Only God can give us help that truly works. He gave us the ultimate help through the atoning blood of His Son, Jesus. Through Jesus, God helped us by providing a way for our sins to be forgiven. Through Jesus, God helped us by providing a way to be righteous in His eyes. Through Jesus, God provided a way for us to spend eternity in His presence.

It seems such a shame that more people don’t turn to the true source of help. There is so much to gain when we lift our eyes to the hills and seek God.

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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