Last weekend we concluded our encounter series in a big way! This week we launch a series that looks at the response individuals had to their encounter with God. We are calling the series devoted.
As we prepare for our time together, here are three questions for us to consider:
What one word best describes your life? (Ie, Content? Fearful? Happy? Struggling?....)
What one word best describes your relationship with God? Now, while you are thinking about that, what about the word “Devoted”? Right now, in this season of your life, would the word “devoted” describe your relationship with God?
And now, here is the big question. Is there a connection between the way you see life right now and your relationship with Him?
This week we begin with Psalm Chapter 1 describing the life of the devoted as “Blessed”. And up against this description I want to work through 3 key statements in the life of a young man named Joshua found in the Old Testament book of Numbers, Chapter 13.
The “devoted” major in the counsel of God while the majority are always under the foot of a giant.
Right now, in your life, are you under the foot of a giant, or are you devoted to the one who created you, has a plan for you? The devoted set their daily life decisions, morals, relationships, attitudes, next steps, in line with the owner’s manual, the bible, God’s description of how we were created and what decisions will maximize our potential. He is the one who built us, he knows what conditions we will thrive in and so he describes these conditions in great detail and then empowers us to live this way if we choose.
2nd, The devoted remain faithful no matter the pressure.
10-2. Pretty good odds if you are one of the ten, but what happens when you are one of the two? What happens when you are the one and the only other person with you at the moment is God? I would say you find yourself in the very best of company. But the pressure is on. The devoted remain faithful to God no matter the pressure!
The way of the devoted is carefully guarded. Psalm 1, verse 6: “For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” Those who are outside of the Narrow Path are on their own. The faithful, the devoted, we have God. A God who fights for us. A God who never leaves us or forsakes us. A God who knows what is ahead and has secured the outcome. A God who offers us forgiveness for the times we lack devotion, a second chance, a new beginning. A God who is at work in everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose. God guards the way of the devoted – we are never alone, never out of his sight or care.
Many who will gather with us this weekend, some who are much older that I, can tell you about God’s forgiveness, about his grace, about the hard times, the times they felt alone even outnumbered, when it was just them and God, just the two of them against the 10, but they remained devoted and God brought them through and has eternity prepared for them. How did they do it? How did they experience this? How did they make it through?
At many crossroads in their life, they made the same choice Joshua and others like him made. “I will fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. I will throw away the gods my forefathers worshiped and serve the Lord. As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:14-15)(PARA)
I hope you will make the commitment to be present this weekend and follow through. You don’t want to miss it! Dave