November 26, 2014

Read: Luke 15:11-32

Remember the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty?  This is a guy that, for some reason, thought it was a good idea to sit on a wall.  Like walls were built to sit on!  He must have really been an egg head. Humpty set himself up for, not just a fall, but, a ''great fall."  I wonder how many times his father said, "Son don't sit on the wall. It was put there as a boundary for safety." But old Humpty didn't listen and sat on that wall of discontent looking for something “more.”

In Luke 15:11-32 the father had the same problem with his younger boy.  This boy did not stay where the Lord had given him all he needed, a loving father, a strong family, plenty of food with much freedom to enjoy the land his father owned. He sat on the wall of discontent, looking to see if there was something “more.”  His eyes deceived him; his own heart led him astray when he saw the land of "more."  The land he thought was "more" exciting, "more" freedom, "more" pleasure, "more" friends.

How often do we do this?  Our heavenly Father has given us everything in His Son Jesus who is the Chief Corner Stone, building a wall of truth for us to abide in.  We have safe boundaries to guard us from the enemy of discontent when we focus on Jesus. Many people have taken a great fall by sitting on the wall of discontent peering off into the distance, looking for "more.” Let Jesus be your everything and “more.”

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.