Dear Ones,
Hope you have a “practical day”, doing what God directs you to do! I plan to go to exercise class, crafts and Bible study and also try out new recipes. Al is only too happy to be the taster! Emoji
Devotions from Judy’s heart
Would you say you are a practical person… efficient and quick and know how to get things done? Eugene Peterson writes about how what is biblical and practical are essentially synonymous. If it is Biblical, it is practical and if it is practical, it is biblical. I had never thought about it before but even though we may be super-efficient, if it is not Biblical, we waste much time in things that are not lasting and lead us away from God.

When I read about Jeremiah, I see that he was very practical but if seen from the world’s perspective, it may seem he was very impractical. God told him to buy a field on land that was going to be taken over by the enemy and he and others of his people were going to go into exile. Those looking on must have thought Jeremiah was crazy and totally impractical to buy that field, but he was following what God told him to do. God was using his life as an outward picture of hope to the people that they would one day come back to their land. Judgement was coming to them for they had forgotten God, but He was calling them back.

   God is the most important reality, and our lives were made to live in relationship with Him. If God tells us to do something, then the most practical thing is to do it. If we live apart from God, we wander about and waste our lives.  Sometimes what God asks us to do seems impractical and foolish to those looking on, but if we obey Him when we feel He is the one directing us, then we are doing the most practical thing of all. In Jer. 32:27, God confirms His direction to Jeremiah and says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?”  Jeremiah is filled with hope that the people will one day come back to their land. There are times I also ask God to confirm what I think I am supposed to do, and I love when He lets me know in the most unusual ways at times. Let us all live practically for Him and never lose hope.

Challenge for today: Listen to the Lord for direction and go His way and watch Him act.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy