Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. Romans 7:15
I did not make it to the trail this week and I am not happy about it. I am even a little disappointed in myself. Being able to visit the trail is a gift for me. It is something I enjoy. It is a place where I feel close to God. So why didn’t I go? Part of me wants to say it was because I was busy doing other things I needed to do. But the truth is more than once I had opportunity to go to the trail and I allowed myself to be distracted by things I know God really didn’t want me to be doing. And looking back, I really didn’t want to be doing it myself. These were things like sitting in front of the TV or following the links on a e-mail and getting sucked into an online shopping experience.
Why did I do this? Looking back at what Paul said, I believe it is part of our human nature. So what we do about it? I’ll start with what we don’t do…
1. We don’t mope around filled with guilt and regret. This just continues to distract us from what we should be doing.
2. We don’t repeat the behavior. If we know it is something God doesn’t want us to do, we take steps to change that behavior – not justify it.
What we SHOULD DO is pray for God to give us clarity and a hearts desire to make choices throughout the day that lead us in the direction he would have us go.
Think about it…
• Is there a specific distraction that you know keeps you from doing what you know God would rather you do?
• These distractions are not necessarily bad, but if they get in the way of you being the person God desires, they are causing you to sin.
• Make one change in what you choose today that will bring you closer to God’s will. And then do the same thing again tomorrow. Before long, you will notice you are on a new path.
Surrendering to Christ,