LHPC Daily Devotional – May 13, 2020

“You want something but don’t get it.  You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want.  You quarrel and fight.  You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  James 4:2
 
As our children are getting older, I look back at how the dynamics of our household continued to change.  Certain kinds of homework that our kids have create humbling experiences.  I can recall there was one assignment that our son had that put us all in the pressure cooker. I had questions that my son couldn’t answer.  Terri had questions that I couldn’t answer.  My son’s response to everything was, “I don’t know.”  And our daughter would remind us, in the presence of her brother, that she had completed all of her assignments and planned to go play.  As the three of us perspired and snorted over our son’s assignment, Terri said, “Someone needs to talk to the teacher and find out what he’s supposed to do.”  That’s it!  Inquire from the one who has the answers to the questions we have.  It was time to talk to the teacher.  Friends, life is filled with pressure cooker circumstances.  Life is filled with blind alleys of doubt and concern.  Life is filled with all kinds of questions that we do not have answers to.  Unfortunately, many of us spend much of our time and energy asking advice and counsel from those who are in worse conditions than we are.  We’ll talk to people who obviously have not learned from their mistakes – who continuously make the same mistakes.  And with the oft’ times misguided advice we receive, we appear surprised that we remain frustrated.  We appear surprised that we remain angry and combative.  We appear surprised that we just can’t shake those feelings of anxiety and bewilderment.  Really?  “You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  It’s just that simple.  For life’s questions, always go to the One who created and gave us life.  When life becomes a pressure cooker, we need someone who knows how to relieve the pressure.  We need the Lord.  Are you tired of bad advice?  Are you tired of being discouraged?  Are you tired of being frustrated?  If so, let me ask this:  When was the last time you truly talked to the Lord?  I’m not asking the last time you “complained” to the Lord, but “talked” to the Lord.  When was the last time you took some time and relaxed enough in God’s presence to share every little and large thing in your life?  Beloved, the Lord wants to spend that time with you and hear from you.  The Lord wants you to experience true counsel from the Almighty.  Stop asking those you know who cannot help you, and ask the Lord who can help us all.  Be blessed by this today
 
Be blessed because God’s got Us!  
 Pastor Perryn

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