Feel the Burn

LifeLink Devotional

Monday, September 25, 2017

Psalms 90:17 (NIV) May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us—yes, establish the work of our hands.

Last night I followed my weekly routine of taking out the garbage. I pushed the container to the end of the driveway and then took a little stroll up the road to look at the stars. What a glorious evening it was, especially considering the calendar date.

This morning, as I write, I am symbolically taking a walk through the 90th Psalm. The morning air is refreshingly sweet today. As I step out of my home and the comforts of my dwelling place, into the presence of God, I am immediately reminded that the Lord is my true dwelling place. (verse 1) He is the everlasting God, with no beginning and no end, dwelling outside the confines of time and space. He created this magnificent morning, and as the sky lightens in the east and the first few sunbeams hit the trees their colors come alive. The wind awakens the leaves into songs of praise to the One who sovereignly controls all things. (vs.2) Everything, including the very length of our lives, happens according to the righteous and loving plan of God to accomplish His glorious purpose.

It’s amazing where the mind wanders when the body is walking. It’s so refreshing and invigorating. It’s so easy to open our hearts to be renewed by the Holy Spirit when we take a walk with the Lord. Let’s keep going, even though the next part of the walk pushes us to the wall of endurance where we will need that “second breath.” It would be easy to turn around now and go back home, but it’s the next few steps that will begin to burn fat and get us in shape.

The fat that needs to be burned is deep within us in places we try to hide. We cover it up with intentionally chosen fashion. We change our posture before people so they don’t see it. But God is showing it to us on our walk today. His light is revealing those secret areas of fat called sin. Verse 8 says “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. The Holy Spirit is asking us to take out the garbage.

Can you feel the burn? Keep walking. Let God purify your system as you confess your sin. Take cleansing breaths of the Holy Spirit. Throw aside the sin. Leave it on the side of the road. Soon you will be running. (Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Heb. 12:1)

WOW! I am energized to walk further. A weight has been lifted. I actually feel like I am getting in shape. The further I go from the comforts of my home, the more my perspective changes. I see things I have not seen before. Different things take on greater significance to me.

I’ve become more serious about what is truly significant in life. My eyes are being opened to the bigger picture of God’s priorities. I am learning to waste less time on frivolous activity that does nothing more than gratify some flesh-driven need.

Our time is short upon this earth, and we need to make every moment count. I think that’s a key element in the wisdom that comes with age. (vs. 10) So I need to make the most of every day, and that means choosing to use each one for the honor and glory of the One who gives them to me. (vs. 12) Then I will have the favor of the Lord my God resting upon me.

This is a stopping point on my walk. Not because I am tired, but because I need to fully grasp this truth before I move on. It is imperative that I understand that God will not establish my work if it is done for my benefit. But all the work of my hands that is done for Him will be established, and I will find fulfillment in that work. (vs. 17)

Oh how I have tried to find fulfillment in work and play that benefits my flesh-driven need for value and identity. How broken my spirit is that I have put my plans and pleasures ahead of God’s purpose. Even after such a long walk, I realize I am still loaded with fat – the fat of pursuing fulfillment my way. I think this is where I will stop for today. I will pitch my tent at this point of my walk and let the Holy Spirit convict me and cleanse me. It is my deepest desire to have the favor of God rest upon me, and for Him to establish the work of my hands.

Pastor John


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