[CF Devotionals] 2018-09-12 - Road to Nowhere

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Spending the week visiting my father-in-law in the hospital meant many trips up and down several elevators. There are two that transport visitors to different floors within the parking garage. My husband and I had just been to see his Dad, and as we approached the set of elevators which would take us to the floor where our car was parked, we decided to use the older machine that was arriving first. We waited for a family who had also been visiting someone and each of us pressed our floor buttons to momentarily be heading home. As we skipped to the sixth floor, never pausing for the chosen three or five, it left the entire group aboard confused. We hit the down button, hoping the decrepit machine would remember where we wanted to go, yet suddenly we were back to the first floor again. Everyone aboard agreed to try one more ride up, but the results were the same, the road to nowhere. We then moved to the other elevator, and found ourselves achieving our original goal successfully on the first try. We gave the old elevator a fair chance, but it became quite clear we needed to modify our plan.

Have you ever been on what seemed to be the right path, yet you kept finding yourself stuck in the same, wrong place? While the idea from Louis Daniel Armstrong’s “when you wish upon a star” of how dreams coming true is sweet, it is difficult to have true change without any variation in your actions. We wished to get to the third floor three times, and it was not a charm, and our dreams did not come true. ☺ Sometimes, dramatic changes are necessary to achieve a goal, and other times, just slight variations coupled with lessons learned along the way. It won’t be easy in either case, yet it’s always worth the attempt. Whatever change you try, if it does not get an acceptable result, then try another elevator, and see where it takes you. The “ask, seek, and knockā€¦.” method in God’s word has been effectual for me every time. It starts with actions of prayer, and with looking to God’s word, leading to clarity of the road travelled.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7,8)

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16)

“For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:30-32)

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”(Hebrews 11:6)

“This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:6-8)

“And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.” (Colossians 4:3)

“The prophet Isaiah was speaking about John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!” Clear the road for him!’” (Matthew 3:3 NLT)

Deborah Durrett

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted