Living life with God (Chris Barnes)
Are we living intentionally—or automatically? It’s so easy for us to get up each morning, do our work/school studies, enjoy some relaxation/fun, and fall into bed each night without giving any thought to God’s involvement in our lives. But to not be mindful of how He has blessed, guided, protected, and warned us is an unwise way to live. Just consider the benefits of keeping our spiritual eyes and ears open throughout the day.
Those who are aware of the Lord’s presence during their daily activities enjoy the peace of knowing that He is always in control and working to accomplish His good purposes. Every experience with Him teaches us to know and love Him more. We begin to feel joyful about even the most routine things in life. Psalm 16:11 touches on this:
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”
When we learn to see God’s footprints in our days, we will become aware of the scope of His involvement in our lives. Maybe He strengthened you for a task or opened a door of opportunity. Perhaps He guided your decisions or helped you respond in a godly way to a difficult person. Perhaps in this time he has positioned you to be in the life of another to be of support in some small but very important way.
Each night before you go to sleep, take some time to reflect on the day’s activities. The Lord is constantly with you, guarding and guiding your way. He wants you to see Him in everything and understand life from His perspective as you rely on His wisdom and power to face any challenge.
Prayer – Near the end of each day pray about your day. Look for ways that the Lord was clearly present and guided you. Review the day and ask the Lord to reveal things that you missed or could have done differently. Confess, ask for forgiveness and pray for strength for the next day. Ask the Lord for wisdom to see how He is working in everything you do. Praise Jesus for His presence and love.
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