Devote Your Heart to God!

Devote Your Heart to God!

What is God whispering to you this new year? Has he given you a word, a phrase, a verse? Would you, please, share with us what God is doing in your life?

The word God has given me is DEVOTION. I feel called to devote my heart and mind to God. Not just theoretically but enthusiastically.

We have an awesome God but too often we don’t really spend time in his presence.
We have an almighty God but too often we monopolize the time we spend with him.
We have an amazing God who wants to meet us personally. But too often we keep God at arms length.

So now, in the presence of all the LORD’s assembly and with God as our witness, carefully observe all the commands of the LORD your God, so that you may hold on to this good land and pass it on to your children forever. As for you, Solomon, my son, acknowledge your father’s God and serve him with enthusiastic devotion, because the LORD searches every mind and understands the motive behind every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you abandon him, he will reject you forever. Now then, since the LORD has chosen you to build a temple for him as the sanctuary, work hard. (1 Chronicles 28: 8-10, CEB, emphasis added)

El Roi was Hagar’s name to God after she had encountered God who saw his affliction (Genesis 16). El Roi can be translated “God who sees” or “God whom I’ve seen”.This year I want to embrace El Roi.

I want to be seen by God and I want to see God.
I want to meet God in his terms.
I want to spend time in quiet adoration.
I want to devote my heart and mind to God.
I want to sit in his presence in reverent awe.
I want to meet God as he is, not as I imagine him.

I invite you to join me on my journey. I also urge you to ask God for your own word, phrase or a verse for 2012. Let us all devote our hearts to God. He is awesome, almighty, and amazing!

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us for not taking you seriously,
for not devoting our hearts and minds to you
and not to ourselves, to our families or our work.
We want to see you and be seen my you.
Change our hearts. Draw us to you.
Enable us to devote our hearts and minds to you.
We want to personally meet you.
Come, Lord Jesus!
Make us holy like you!
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Has God given you a word, a phrase, a verse for 2012? Would you, please, share with us what God is doing in your life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you seek God and devote yourself to him!

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