Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well, and that this devotion finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy!
Readings for June 13, 2021: Third Sunday after Pentecost
Ezekiel 17:22-24; Psalm 1; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10 (11-17); Mark 4:26-34
Blessed is the one whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1: 1a, 2-3
Do you have regrets? Most people have regrets. Making life decisions are difficult. It’s hard to know which way to turn sometimes in life. Then there are those decisions you’ve made on a whim or based on your feelings or pressures from others. In many such cases, the outcome of those decisions may not have been for your good because you had no guidance to know what would be the best for you. Maybe they were enjoyable and good decisions in the moment, but the long term effect of the decisions has been detrimental to you, your relationships, and maybe even your life as a whole.
While you can never go back and erase your past, you can stop and begin to seek the truth and guidance that will be for your good both now and in the future. This guidance comes from the Lord. This guidance is written in his Word. This guidance is for you because of his love for you. He created you and he desires what is best for you. Yes, it includes his Ten Commandments, but there is so much more. Take time to get to know God’s truth for you in his word in order to make solid decisions which will take you into the future with assurance of His presence and blessing, and no more regret. For his words are truth and by living in them, you will be as it says, “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
But just to be clear, by following his Word and his laws for your own life does not mean that the execution of your decisions will be perfect, that you will never fall on hard times and that you will never sin again. In fact, it is for this very reason that Jesus came to redeem us- you and me- to pay the price that our sins deserve because we can’t do it ourselves. So when we do fall short, we can approach God and ask for the forgiveness that Jesus has won for us on the cross, and we can start again, trusting that God will continue to shape us, and guide us to walk in his ways to his glory and our own good. In fact, through the gift of repentance and forgiveness, we can even address those past hurts and regrets, and the Holy Spirit will cleanse our hearts and lift the weight of regret that has plagued us for years. In the Lord, there need be no more regrets, only a life lived to its fullest.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your word and your guidance for my good. As I trust in your ways, I will not fear regrets. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (Psalm 119:105) In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!