December 30, Wednesday

REPOST Today’s AMI QT Devotional, provided by Pastor David Kwon who heads Journey Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, was first posted on December 22, 2014.  He is a graduate of Drexel University (BS) and Columbia International University (M.Div.).

Devotional Thought for This Morning

“Pursuit of True Happiness”

Proverbs 28:14

Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.

Every human being longs for true happiness.  The French theologian Blaise Pascal said it best: “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even those who hang themselves.”

Since the word “blessed” in the Bible is best translated as “happy,” this proverb is saying, happy is the one who fears the Lord.  Most people think that those who are happy never fear; but the word “fear” refers to reverence, not of bondage; of caution, not of distrust; of diligence, not of despondency” (ref. Bruce Waltke).   Thus, happy is the one who always keeps up in his mind in holy awe and reverence of God, His glory, goodness, and sovereignty. On the other hand, this proverb describes one who does not fear the Lord as someone who has a hardened heart, fixed in unbelief, and often in defiance against God.  In short, godly fear and true happiness are inseparable.  

Having a healthy fear of God starts with revering Him; thus, start this morning in worship, giving him the praise and honor that is due Him.  Pray that Christ would be exalted in all the areas of your life today.

Prayer:  Lord, thank You that You are the one who brings true happiness.  Help me this day to worship and fear You.  Amen.  

Bible Reading for Today:  Micah 6


Lunch Study Break

Read Ephesians 1:3-6: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

Questions to Consider

  1. What is Paul reminding the believers in the Ephesian church?
  2. What are the reasons Paul gives as to why we are “blessed” in Christ?
  3. How should these truths impact our lives daily?

Notes

  1. We have every spiritual blessing in Christ – we are adopted as God’s children and we have power to overcome sin.  It means our identity is secure in Christ, which frees us from all other identities we often pursue.  
  2. God chose and loved us before the foundation of the world.  What an amazing truth! If we could remember this truth, it would give us tremendous freedom and encouragement.
  3. We do not have to live in fear or pursue other worldly identities or possessions, which promise temporary happiness.  We have been adopted through Jesus as His child, which gives us true satisfaction.  

Evening Reflection

We have been meditating on the idea of “blessedness” today.  Every day, we need to be reminded of this great promise that God has blessed us through his Son Jesus.  Spend time thanking the Lord for His unending love for us.  

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