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Thursday, November 16, 2017

More than Rote

Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.
—Psalm 119:18 NLT

So often we carry out things we are called to do without seeing the deeper aspect—without understanding the amazing purpose in His instructions. We exist in rote—in tradition—performing instead of participating in His wonderful truths. We have looked, and not really seen. We have heard, and not really understood. The thing we had to do was held to be more important than the reason behind it. We lost our vision in the midst of our performance, and discovered, as we began to perish, that we had lost our first love.

Lord God, open our eyes to the wonderful truths in your instruction! Let us grasp the joy in the daily things we are called to do. Nothing is too menial. Stir us to always fight against the routine of life becoming something without meaning. Give us your eyes to see the spiritual strength you offer to carry out what must be done. Give us the perseverance to make it our own. Give us your ears to hear your loving encouragement through days that become hard and dreary, and give us your understanding to realize the beauty of character you wish to grow in us. May the routine of today be the joy of our purpose! May we participate and contribute instead of just perform! May we, in becoming less, discover how much more you have made us! You are Truth. Your Word is Truth. Purify us with its message.

© 2017 Lynn Lacher

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