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Devotion #15 – Friday February 26

Pursue to Know God – “Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6
When God seems distant, well-meaning Christians take God’s guidance out of the context of a relationship with Him and put it into our own heads. “Sanctified reasoning” is all they have for making decisions. But if God wanted us to live entirely by sanctified reasoning, He wouldn’t have given us a Bible full of the cloud and fire to guide His people, the fleeces for Gideon, dreams and visions of priests, prophets, and people like us, the sings and wonders of ordained things, or the whispers of the Spirit that filled the early believers with a sense of direction. No, God clearly has multiple means of communication with His people. Sanctified reasoning may be our only option when He hasn’t spoken but we aren’t told to default to that. We are told to seek His will in everything and believe that He will direct our paths.
Living by Christian principles rather than by a personal relationship is lazy spirituality. This approach may reflect a desire to know God’s Word, but it doesn’t reflect a persistent pursuit of knowing God Himself. It doesn’t come from long hours of prayer and fellowship with Him, of asking Him specific questions and being patient for….specific answers, or of a oneness with His Spirit that cultivates sensitivity to His voice. It interrupts the path toward intimacy with Him.
The listening process is long and intense by design. Why? Because in that uncomfortable, awkward, drawn-out silence between our asking and God’s answering, He pulls us deeper into a relationship with Him. Living by principles requires knowledge, but no fellowship. Living by God’s voice – that’s much more personal. And that’s God’s desire for those who love Him.

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