Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Daily Grace - Out of Orbit

I still find it amazing that we can launch probes into deep space. But think of how wasteful it would be if on the way to Mars, our probe got caught in the gravitational pull of a lesser, insignificant object. Beware! That might be happening in our lives.

When Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, He meant for them to begin a journey to passionately pursue Him. Followers of Christ have been launched into a trajectory that is defined by drawing closer and closer to Him. But in the process, we are often distracted and succumb to the gravitational pull of lesser, alluring things. When that happens, we cease our pursuit of Him and go into orbit around stuff that in the end is empty and unsatisfying.

Psalm 63 is the cure for lives stuck in orbit. David pursued God, knowing that He alone could satisfy his inner longings because His "lovingkindness is better than life" (v. 3). The joy of God's presences consumed every moment. "When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches" (v. 6). David understood that true joy and purpose come not in admiring God from a safe distance, but from chasing hard after Him. Let's get back on track and pursue an increasingly closer walk with God! The closer you walk with God, the less room for anything to come between.