5-5-5 Daily Devotions Challenge: Paths, Part 2, “Looking Ahead”, Aug 27-28, 2022

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Do you spend the majority of your time thinking about the past, present, or future? Why?

The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Proverbs 27:12 NIV

You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised. I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.

You are good and do only good; teach me your decrees. Arrogant people smear me with lies, but in truth I obey your commandments with all my heart. Their hearts are dull and stupid, but I delight in your instructions.

My suffering was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your decrees. Your instructions are more valuable to me than millions in gold and silver. Psalm 119:65–72 NLT

Sermon Insights:

Direction determines destination.

Life is linear. There is a connection between yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Have you come to the belief that God takes better care of you than you do?

How do you think King David came to be thankful for his suffering? Are you grateful for what the difficulty in your life has accomplished?

Do you see a direct connection between your choices and attitudes yesterday and your situation today? What choices and attitudes will you embrace today for a better tomorrow?

What are you grateful for in your life? What needs to change in your life? How?

Lord, dogs don’t have bank accounts or board meetings. You have given me incredible awareness and with it, responsibility. When I was a child, I did not know what tomorrow would bring and I usually made decisions that were enjoyable in the moment. Help me today to be filled with wisdom and healthy self-control so that I can follow your path today for a better tomorrow. Help me discern and choose the direction that will lead me to your preferred destination!