Monday, February 27, 2017

Devotion 2.28.17

How do you prioritize life?  How do you go through your day attempting to say, "Before this day is out, these are the critical items that must be accomplished?"  Two angry customers who called you yesterday?  That well that has to be repaired that you have put off, but now before the crops are planted, you have to do it and have about one week left?

In education, we study a psychologist named Abraham Maslow.  Maslow developed what has become known as "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs."  The theory is simple, before you can be motivated to address lofty goals in life, the most immediate needs will come first.  So, before you can reflect on the future and dream about that book you've wanted to write or that ultimate house you have wanted to build, you do have mundane items such as putting food on the table for your family and the water leak in the restroom that have to be addressed.

Our needs drive us.  When are we most likely to "need" God?  Like David, we turn to God in our hour of need, but in truth, we need God daily in our lives.  Suffering, joy, pain, sorrow, faith, healing, grace, mercy, peace, thanksgiving, worship, praise, and devotion.  Those are daily needs of ours. They are "our daily bread."

Over the next 40 days, we will journey through these needs using the book of Psalms to talk to God.  "To you I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of the maidservant to the hand of the mistress so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he has mercy on us." (Psalm 123:1-2)

Together we will lift our eyes to the Lord our God, through His Son Jesus Christ, asking His Spirit to give us a measure of faith as we take all of our needs to him in prayer. 

Hope Men's Ministry

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