Greetings Everyone! Welcome to Tuesday, January 4, – a brand new day to spend time pondering together in God’s Holy Bible.
Today, in Genesis 11:4, we get a glimpse of the character of the people who have chosen to live on the east side, near Babylonia. The words coming out of their mouth: “and let us make us a name,” (KJV) show us their strong desire for power. Oh, can’t we all relate to this earthly human heart that seeks a name for its self and wants to feel important?
God created us for a different purpose. Our purpose is to glorify Him at all times.
The ‘east’ keeps popping out at me the past several days.
Cain left the LORD’s presence and settled ‘east‘”(Genesis 4:16)
“People migrated to the ‘east‘ and settled” (Gen. 11:1)
“Lot chose for himself the whole Jordan Valley to the ‘east‘ of them” (Gen. 13:11)
Living ‘eastward’ brings short spurts of satisfaction and contentment. Kind of like a bowl of ice cream! One, ½ cup serving is never enough. There is a longing for another serving; but, allowing Jesus to satisfy our desires brings true contentment. How do we get to this place? By abiding in Him. Practicing His presence for longer periods each day. Not settling for less than our whole heart. Another word for settle is to negotiate. Oh, how often do we negotiate and talk ourselves out of doing what God is asking us to do? May we choose on purpose, – the opposite of ‘eastward.’
The more we read the Bible, the closer our desire will be to draw close to Jesus. We live in a world of lawlessness and our only hope of not being deceived is knowing the Word of God. As we grow in our knowledge, our motives will be exposed to us through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Then, the knowledge learned will transform our actions and words to be pleasing to God. We are called to make this daily choice. “If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine” (Matthew 10:38 NLT).
Dear Father, Help us not to settle on the east side. Help us grow closer to you today. May your glory be seen through our words, our actions, and more importantly, – may you see evidence inside us in our heart. May our heart’s desire be to give you the glory in all things. Humbly and obediently we want to serve you with our whole heart. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.