His Promises and His Presence

Wayne Cordeiro

"This is what the wicked are like—always carefree, they increase in wealth. Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence… When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny" (Ps. 73:13-17)
At first glance, life appears unfair. It seems as if it is in vain that we keep our hearts pure and fight to stay morally upright. It all seems unnecessary, no fun, useless.

At first anyway...

It is not until we stand in the presence of God that we will understand the fuller context what's transpiring. It is only under as we gather under His wings that we begin to connect the dots.

Faith is living in advance what we will only understand in reverse.

But the reality is that I'd rather understand everything first, then proceed! Wasn't that how we were taught? It was said that in order to succeed in any decision, you must remove as many doubts as possible first. Reduce the risk, accumulate all the guarantees you can, and when you've reduced the possibility of failure to a near zero, then you proceed.

But faith is slippery. It can contain a huge amount of risk. I may not have overwhelming guarantees... only biblical promises. Faith says you have to be able to run with just promises in your pocket.

You run with God's assurance and warrantees alone ... not proof, just His promises and His presence.

Where do we find that assurance?
In the sanctuary of God. In the holy place of His presence. It could be just you, or it could be in the throngs of the people of God. But it will be on holy ground that we will receive what we need to take us across finish line.

Prayer is thinking deeply about something in the Presence of God. That is what I must do. I must take the time to plot my course in His presence. Proverbs 16:9 reminds us that "The mind of the man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his steps."
I must be faithful to "sanctuary with God often. There I can plan my ways all the while depending on Him to direct my steps - using basic, biblical principles to guide my decisions.

I have only His promises and His presence for my food and drink, but that "manna" is all I need to sustain me til the end.
Dear Father,
Thank you for Your promises and Your presence. That is all I need to finish well. I may not understand everything, but I will press into Your Presence and "sanctuary" often, and in doing so, I may just understand a whole lot more!

Devotions for July 07

Hosea 10,11,12
Psalms 73
Hebrews 4

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