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Daily Reading: Joshua 3:1-4:24 ESV, Luke 14:7-35 ESV, Psalm 80:1-19 ESV, Proverbs 12:27-28 ESV

Daily Verse: “But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you.” (Luke 14:10 ESV) 

TOPOS (5117): “Of a place which a person or thing occupies, a couch at table.” [i]

Perfect place.

Each of us has a different place in the world, one chosen by God for us to occupy. At a conference recently, one of the speakers made the statement:

“You cannot fail when you are in God’s perfect will.” Johnathon Falwell.

Jesus, dining with the ruler of the Pharisees on the Sabbath, talks about choosing your place at the table. Instead of assuming the seat of honor, take the lowest seat at the table. If the host wants you to have a better seat, all at the table will see him bestow the honor upon you.

Searching for God’s will happens daily. God doesn’t give us a blueprint for our entire lives; He directs us one step at a time. 

Wait patiently.

Seeking God’s will requires patience. We do what we know to do, then wait for God to guide us. Inch by inch, God leads us into His perfect will.

Walking my dogs recently, Sophia, my oldest, wrangled out of her harness, taking off for parts unknown. After searching for her, I realized she would either come home or not. A rat terrier, her speed and agility far outweigh mine. I could do nothing but pray and wait, recognizing my helplessness.

Her shenanigans took place right before I had a therapy appointment. Gratefully, she didn’t go far, and we found her before I left for my appointment. Because of her little excursion, my therapist and I discussed death and loss, bringing healing to me.

God used Sophia’s antics to nudge me closer into His will. Finding healing allows me to live life to the fullest, one day at a time.

Find your place in God’s will. Seek Him diligently, looking for signs of God’s activities. Let your Maker guide you to the perfect place at the table for you.

[i] [i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (pp. 251-2) Thomas Nelson

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