February 12, 2016

Isaiah 33:1-12

Notice 33:2: “Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you.” I have a confession. I have several things I have longed for in my life:

I have longed for Mexican food.
I have longed to find the right outfit for a big event in my life.
I have longed to see a loved one that I have been parted from.

But I confess I don’t often “long” for Jesus. Even though Jesus is with me always through the gift of the Holy Spirit, it isn’t often that I “long” to speak to Jesus, to focus on him alone, to feel his holy presence with me. It seems as if I wake up and have my devotion time where I get filled up, and then I sometimes live the rest of the day as if I have told the Holy Spirit, “I’ll call you if I need you.”

For the last few years, Jesus has been teaching me to “practice his presence” and my life has been changed. Maybe you have this constant walk with Jesus down. I admit that I struggle often and have to turn back to my Savior and apologize for running ahead of his plan. He helps me get back where I belong, which is beside my Savior, holding his hand so that I go through the day WITH him.

Pray these words of an old hymn with me: I need thee, oh I need thee; every hour I need thee! Oh, bless me now, my Savior; I come to thee!