Daniel Fast-Day 11 Devotional – “listen”

I hope all of you are staying consistent in your spiritual discipline of fasting and prayer.  God is working in you.  Don’t give up.  As we approach the weekend it’s easy to think I will just slack off and get back on track on Monday.  It is sometimes in these type of times that God works in the most profound ways.   Don’t give up or give in!!  Today’s devo is by Hal Wilson, our college community group leader.  He wrote last week also, and writes again today.  ‘Listen’ in to what he says…

Today’s readings continue to drive home an important truth to me: God’s way is perfect so why not listen?  In Psalm 18:30 it says “As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him” (NKJV).  Why then is it such a struggle to submit to God?  Do I think I can do better than “perfect” and “proven?”  If someone offered me a “perfect and proven” way to fix my golf slice, become more handy around the house, be a better husband, etc. I think I would be interested.  Of course in today’s cynical society I’d want to know who came up with this so-called “perfect and proven plan that will shield me”…oh…God did.

So why do I often find myself getting caught up in what “I” think is best or what “I” think I should do?  For example, looking back “I” thought it might be too hard with my schedule and all my various other excuses to commit to the full Daniel Fast every day.  I know we don’t have to be legalistic, but I wonder if I truly sought God’s will or did I do what “I” thought was best?

Proverbs 4:7-10 in our readings for today basically says to me that if we listen and submit to God’s will that we will become wise and will be rewarded with understanding, honor, and grace.  I pray that we all continue to seek God’s will (Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”), trust in God’s plan (Proverbs 3:5: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”), and follow it no matter what excuse or obstacle my small mind may find (John 2:26: Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me).

Happy listening.

Hal Wilson

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