Turn Your Focus

Read: “He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done.” 2 Chronicles 29:2 (NIV)

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Reflect: For the past few months I have really been focusing on the way I live my life with Jesus. At first this was more about what things I did during the day, like reading my Bible, journaling, and praying. All these activities are right in the eyes of the Lord, but they’re not all there is to living life with him. I was missing asking God for HIS will to be done.

My wife noticed before I did and she challenged me to turn my focus to seeking God’s ultimate will. During the early stages of this experience, I was caught up in thinking of specific details at first, like an actual direction in decision-making, business choices, or how to better my family life. Those are good, but what God really wanted was for me to accept his truth at the heart level. As I began to seek his will more and more, I kept being brought back to 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” It turns out that is what God had been wanting for me.

In short, doing what was right led to seeking God’s ultimate will, which led to his ultimate answer—he wanted me to encourage others. He created me to encourage others in ALL circumstances. As I have come into alignment with Him, I’m more aware of people around me who need that touch of encouragement. Even when they are unaware of it, God is at work in the details of their lives.

Respond: As you grow in living your life with Jesus, don’t forget to ask God what his will for you is. Write down what comes to mind as you pray so you can come back later and see how God is answering your prayers.

Pray: Lord, turn my focus this week. Help me move from praying prayers about things I want, into praying for your will for me.