January 30, 2013

Mark 1:17a–Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me.”

GPS programs are everywhere these days, on our phones, in dedicated handheld units, and even built into our cars. But we don’t always follow their directions to a T. Sometimes we turn off the programmed path hit a Starbucks, fill up with gas, or grab some lunch.

Fortunately, the unit doesn’t blow a circuit when we deviate from the prescribed course. It doesn’t scream, “Now you’ve done it; you’ve ruined everything! You’ll never find Disneyland now!” No the device simply says, “Rerouting…” and then, based on your current location, offers newly-computed directions to your destination.

And that’s the way it is when we’re following the Lord. Yes, sometimes we fail, make mistakes, or miss the mark, and yet God doesn’t scream back at us, “Look what you’ve done! Now you’ll never see your dreams come true!

No, He just starts rerouting…

You may have ignored God’s directions in the past, but if you’ll turn to Him now, He’ll get you right back on track. Follow His instructions, because He’s already at work, computing the quickest route to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, I’ve messed up. Some of my choices weren’t the best, and now I can’t see my way out of this tangled maze. Will you lead me Lord? I promise to follow you closely, for only you know the way from where I am to where I want to be. 

MEW Tiny

*The message above is from David’s new 30-day devotional “More Encouraging Words,” available along with his other ebooks on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, the iBookstore, and other fine online retailers.



God’s OS

January 18, 2013

John 1: 16, 17–And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

*If you’ve ever owned a Mac, an iPod, or an iPhone, you know that OS stands for operating system, and that the OS is the software that bridges the gap between the user and his device. Now I know this sounds a little geeky, but please bear with me while I make my point: I’ve been using computers for quite some time, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years at the keyboard, it’s that computers operate according to a simple action/reaction principle: you do this, and the box does that. Period. There’s no wriggle room when it comes to ones and zeros. 

 God’s Operating System doesn’t work like that. Thank Heaven. Because if it did, we’d all be in a world of hurt. But we aren’t  thanks to a little sub-file located deep within the program. I call it Grace, and it’s there to insure that Action A doesn’t always produce Result B. The operative principle here is that we don’t always get what we deserve. Because of Jesus. Because of grace.

Have you goofed up? Sinned again, as the Scripture so convictingly describes it? Then repent, confess it to God, and move on. And be grateful for His mercies, which, by the way, are new every morning. Then walk away rebooted and restored. You’re forgiven, so get over it. Go and sin no more. But do remember to thank God that He’s not some huge computer in the sky. He’s a real, living, Person, whose mercies never fail.

*From David’s new 30-day devotional “Encouraging Word,” available along with his other books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, and other fine online retailers.