Date: Monday, July 7
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:8-12
Verse: “Pursue the Lord and his strength; seek his face always!” 1 Chronicles 16:11
You’ve probably experienced playing peek-a-boo with a baby. You hold up a blanket to hide your face from his or her sight, and when you drop the blanket the child seems surprised to see your face each and every time! When the child is in the right mood, a good game of peek-a-boo can keep a child laughing for 20 minutes or more — long after the adult’s arms are tired! They say this may help babies with separation anxiety. They are learning that whenever you go away, you always come back.
Unfortunately, we sometimes feel like the baby on the other side of the blanket from God. We pray and nothing seems to happen. We read the Bible and don’t feel anything. We come to church and leave as discouraged as we did when we arrived. Every one of us will go through a dry spell once in a while. That’s OK. The next time you feel like you are there, remember these words from Chronicles, “seek [God’s] face always!” And know the clouds will clear and you will see him again.
I think God loves us to seek him. He doesn’t want us to seek what he can do for us, seek to avoid punishment, or seek to receive material reward. He wants us to want him, to keep praying, reading, serving, listening, and eagerly waiting — like the baby on the other side of the blanket — to see his face!
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for always being there, even when I cannot see you. Amen.
Action: Play peek-a-boo with a baby, or simply be playful with your coworkers, family members, and everyone else you meet today.
Respond: How have spiritual dry spells helped you know God will always be there, like the child who has his or her separation anxiety lowered through games of peek-a-boo?
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