Day 7: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate Psalm 73:24 (NLT)
“You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”
This was written by a choir director named Asaph. His song had an entirely different tune at the beginning of the Psalm. He had become bitter when he compared his life with those around him, especially those who lived a selfish and godless life and, yet, seemed to prosper! He admitted that he was losing his faith as he began to envy them, confused as to how God would even permit it. He questioned,
“Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? I get nothing but trouble all day long; every morning brings me pain. … When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me.” (Ps. 73:13, 14, 16)
Asaph shows us what can happen when we feel confused and shift our focus from God to those around us. It’s unwise to compare. It always gets us in trouble. It either inflates our pride or causes us to feel depressed and left out. Thankfully, Asaph doesn’t leave us in the pits.
The turning point for Asaph came when he prayed. Overwhelmed by what seemed so unfair to him at the time, he said,
“Then I went into your sanctuary, O God, and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.”
I am so thankful that God is big enough for my questions and isn’t intimidated by my feelings of doubt, confusion and, even, anger. When we release those emotions to God in prayer, something miraculous begins to happen! God begins to transform our understanding and our hearts! When Asaph turned to God in prayer, he admitted,
“Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.”
God began to give him clarity for his confusion. He will do the same for you. Rather than focusing on what others had that he didn’t, Asaph began to see all that God had done for him! He went from the pits to praise when he wrote,
“I still belong to You, and You hold my right hand. You guide me with Your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but You? I desire You more than anything on earth.” (Vs. 23-25)
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- Prayer aligns our heart to God’s heart. How has God used His Word and prayer to realign your heart to His? What hurts, resentments or confusion can you take to God in prayer today? Release those emotions honestly to God and let His Spirit heal your heart.