Heart of Missions – Day Two

Heart of Missions

Day Two:  A Word in Season

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

–Psalm 119:105

“Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”

–Psalm 25:4-5

 

Have you ever tried to find something you needed in the dark?  Not a McDonald’s toy or a pen cap—something you actually need.  Getting down on your hands and knees, you fumble over the surface trying to remember exactly where you dropped it.   Like a digital recording, you reverse and replay the scene multiple times in your head, with hands down on the grass or pavement.  You cover every square inch of ground in a specified radius.  If only you could find that tiny contact lens, the new hearing aid of a family member, or the only pacifier left in the house. It seems your recently mobile toddler just learned how to play hide-and-seek with her toys.  The only problem is, the game isn’t so fun at bedtime when she needs that pacifier to go to sleep.  Fear strikes—maybe you won’t be able to get her to sleep at all without that tiny, coveted piece of plastic!

More likely than not, we all experience a less drastic version of this little hide-and-seek game at least once a week.  I confess, I’ve spent more time than I’d like to admit looking for a set of car keys buried in the bottom of my purse.  Whether it’s the back of your daughter’s earring gone missing, a game piece rolled under the couch, or your favorite pen lost behind the desk—what’s the first thing you do?  Turn on the light, right?  Always.

With the light on, we can focus our vision on the task at hand.  I have even gone so far as to pick up a small desk lamp and shine it underneath the furniture to locate an item right when it falls.  My husband has a flashlight app on his phone to do the same.  Can we do the same thing with our life today?  Maybe everything is going just right in your life right now.  Praise God—He is so faithful.  Maybe for some, your life just feels like it’s missing something.  Maybe you already know what it is, or maybe you can’t lay a finger on it.  You know it was roughly in this specific time period, and you have a general radius in your mind about when something started feeling…

Not.  Quite.  Right.

Maybe today, fear strikes, and you are wondering what on earth you were thinking booking a flight halfway around the world to do missions.  Fear is trying to take over in the place where joy should be. Let’s shine the Word of God into those areas of our life today.  When we fill up with the Word of God, our apprehensions are gone because God is Love, and “perfect love casts out fear”!  We can fill our hearts and minds with the Word of God today and dispel the darkness while delighting in Him.

Psalm 119:47-48 says:

“And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.  My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on Your statutes.”

Take some time to read the Psalms today.  Here are a few to get you started:  Psalm 19, Psalm 23, Psalm 24, Psalm 63, Psalm 91, Psalm 95, Psalm 100.  If you have a lot of time throughout the day, you could start reading Psalm 119—it’s divided into sections, and it is full of encouragement about the goodness of God and His word for us each day.

Let’s pray and ask God to show us where to shine the light of Jesus in our lives.  Sometimes, the only thing missing is a close communion with Him.  We get busy, crunched for time, and we miss out on those moments of spending time with God each day.  He loves us so much, and He is the friend you can always pick back up with no matter how long it’s been.  Pray and ask God to fill those places with His love and a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.  Take time each day to read His word, and thank God for loving us.  Pray for another person in your life today for God to build them up and strengthen their life in the Lord.  Now let’s pray together:

Prayer Focus:

“Dear Lord, I pray that You would prepare my heart to serve.  Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.  I delight in Your Word, and Your perfect love casts out fear.”

 

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