Wednesday Word 1.29.2020

Corinthians 16:5-9 New International Version
“5 After I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going through Macedonia. 6 Perhaps I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”

It just seems like there is never enough time to do all the things we would like to do. There are things we want to do and things we know we should. The trick is discerning which to do and which to let slide for now. Or, to know which we must let go of permanently. Even Paul had to make these life choices every day. It sounds like he really wanted a long visit with his friends in Corinth, but needed to travel on up through Greece to Macedonia (further north in what was Yugoslavia, I believe…I have a hard time keeping up with the ever-changing geography of the modern world). Paul had to do what he knew needed to be done.

There are lots of times when I don’t want to. Period. I don’t want to study. I don’t want to get up early on Sunday morning, or any morning for that matter. I don’t want to watch what I say or eat or spend. But that is not how it works. When I start to whine regarding these and so many other issues, I am stopped cold by one simple thought. I am sure Jesus really didn’t want to be tortured and die a gruesome death. But he did. He did it for you and me. That rather puts a different perspective on what I want.

I want to want what God wants for me. My desires, however strong they may be, are no match. Obedience to God is the secret. How to achieve it is our challenge…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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