“My wife and I,” Stan began one morning, “went out towards Garberville yesterday afternoon to get some apples from an orchard out there.”
“How was that?” I asked.
“Once we got there it was terrific. We got some of the most amazing apples. Apple pie is coming down the road!”
“But,” he continued, “I got a bit lost on the way and had to stop at a gas station and ask for directions.”
“Then everything was okay?” I asked.
“Yeah,” Stan responded. “The fellow told me the way to go. Stay on the road to the second stop sign, turn right, and go straight. He said I couldn’t miss it. He was right. Got to the orchard just fine.”
Continuing, he added, “Kind of like what the apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the church in Thessaslonica.”
“How’s that?” I asked.
“Making the right turn,” Stan replied. “Paul, in essence, patted the church on the back for turning to God from going the wrong direction.”
“In order for me to get to where God wants me to be,” Stan continued, “it is essential for me to make the right turns. If I don’t know the way, I am to stop and ask for directions.”
“I couldn’t find the apple orchard without the right directions,” Stan concluded, “and I can’t find where God wants me to be without stopping to ask Him. He, through His word and His Holy Spirit, is more than happy to point me in the right direction. I just have to listen and follow!”
For they themselves report . . . how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God. 1 Thessalonians 1:9.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, that you want me to be right with you. And thank you for showing me what turns I need to make in order to get there. I confess that too often I have not and I do not ask for directions. Please forgive me. And please lead me, and help me to follow, the exact directions you have for me. I know they are not complicated. All I need to do is ask and follow what you have to say. Please help me in doing that. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Things to think (and journal) about:
1. What is your biggest take-away from this devotional?
2. What does this devotional say about God and about us as His people?
3. What is God saying to you to do personally?
4. Who can you share this with to make a difference?
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