The Failure To Pay Close Attention

April 15th, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days —2 Chronicles 15:17


Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by a child of God. How much longer are we going to prevent God from teaching us even one thing? But He keeps trying to teach us and He never loses patience. You say, “I know I am right with God”— yet the “high places” still remain in your life. There is still an area of disobedience. Do you protest that your heart is right with God, and yet there is something in your life He causes you to doubt? Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God.

Are there some things regarding your physical or intellectual life to which you have been paying no attention at all? If so, you may think you are all correct in the important areas, but you are careless— you are failing to concentrate or to focus properly. You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration on matters in your life than your heart needs a day off from beating. As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, neither can you take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual. God wants you to be entirely His, and it requires paying close attention to keep yourself fit. It also takes a tremendous amount of time. Yet some of us expect to rise above all of our problems, going from one mountaintop experience to another, with only a few minutes’ effort.




Journal Entry for Today-JDV

April 15, 2013

Lord, one more time Chambers hits me right where I feel most vulnerable; in my ability to stay connected to You all the time. When I slip and fall it feels like I have fallen so far from You. And when I read a devotional like this one, I realize just how far I am from You. Please help me stay connected this and every day Lord. Help me to turn from myself, my circumstances, and my  failures into You.

And God says…”You cannot fall too far from Me. You are not judged by your ability to stay connected, were that true there would be no need of my all-consuming love and grace.  In fact you are not judged at all, ever. You have been covered by the life and sacrifice of Jesus, which is always sufficient even though you are not. When I look at you, I see Jesus. Look to Me and you will grasp this fact of life.”


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