Today’s post comes from Lee Chatam, Director of C3’s Leadership College.
Today we are on day 18 of our reading through the book of Psalms and we will be reading Psalms 119-130. We are coming to the end of the 21 Day Challenge, and sometimes the last leg can seem like the hardest part. But this is where we will start to see the results of all the meditating that we have done for the past few weeks. I have heard it said that when you do something for 21 days it will become a habit. And spending time in His word daily is a great habit to have.
Today’s Key Scriptures: Psalm 119:18 & 37
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. (Psalm 119:18 NIV)
Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. (Psalm 119:37 NIV)
During the 21 Day Challenge, I don’t know about you but I know that I have to be very intentional with turning away from some things so that I can make time to spend with Jesus. I’ve had to turn away from Social Media so that I can read and meditate. Turn away from BoJangle’s so that I can not have the temptation to break the fast. Turn away from a few more hours of sleep so that I can get up and workout so I can run this race of life that God has called me to.
As I read this scripture, God has shown me a new way to look at turning away. It’s not a bad thing, nothing that should be resisted. It’s a stretching and a very rewarding turn. We have all had very different journeys as we have been going through this Challenge, but we have all had to turn away from some things. And the beauty of it all is that we are all different and our challenges are all different but that’s okay.
Don’t spend time comparing yourself to someone else, instead come before God and ask Him what He wants you to turn from for this year or this season. God can reveal to you what He wants you to turn from so that He can have your full attention. When you turn away from these things that we all think we “need” and focus our eyes on Jesus and His truth, He will reveal things to you beyond what you can imagine.
So to encourage you today, in turning away there is nothing to be lost because much is gained when you allow God to open your eyes. You can’t turn away unless you have something to look to, allow Jesus to be that.
So my challenge to you this week is to look at “turning away” as a blessing.
Prayer Focus: Spend some time to ask God to help you turn your eyes from worthless things, and to open your eyes so that you can see wonderful things in His word. Thank Him that He has revealed many things to you, but so much is yet to be revealed. Turn and open your eyes.