In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 15, 2008 - Return to the Father - Acts 13:38
Welcome to the In Touch Devotional.
Unless we ground ourselves in God’s Word, we will tend to drift from Him. Sometimes, the results are obvious, as with a person who gradually gives in to greed and eventually finds himself addicted to gambling. In other situations, the effects are more subtle. Either way, living apart from the Lord’s will grieve His heart. It prevents His wandering child from feeling fulfilled.
Only a close relationship with Jesus Christ can truly satisfy the soul’s yearning. God wants His followers to have the peace, purpose, and joy that only He can provide. He often waits patiently for them to return. But if they persist, Proverbs chapter 3:12 shows that He’ll eventually discipline His loved ones to bring them back to Him.
When a believer wants to end his drifting, he should acknowledge his disobedience and the distance it has put between Him and God. A believer must show genuine repentance. This includes asking forgiveness and deciding not to continue in the same pattern. Then he can resume a life of submission to God’s will.
He should also readjust his priorities. The Lord must come first. A person fully submitted to God will make time to study and meditate on Scripture, correctly worship, and have fellowship with other Christians.
Thankfully, God truly is a loving heavenly Father. He longs for us to walk closely with Him. God wants us to live the abundant life that He intended, which is full of real peace, joy, love, and purpose. Ground yourself in His Word and submit to Him. Nothing else will satisfy.
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