What's Next?

What's Next?

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

Well, it is the day after Christmas.  Hopefully you have had a blessed day of celebrating the Lord Jesus' birth.  Often times there is so much leading up to the actual Christmas holiday there can be a lull directly after.  It's almost if we can ask ourselves, "Okay, what's next?"  It's kind of like a child who has torn open his gifts and then pauses to look up, realizing there is nothing more to open.  

I think there are times we can all be guilty of this.  We can become so busy looking for what's next; we don't actually take time to enjoy what we have already been given.  This doesn't just happen with our Christmas presents either; it can happen with our jobs, relationships, and even with our walk with God. The premise is the same; we don't look at what we have because we are too busy looking for more, were looking for something else.    

I find this ironic, as this is precisely what led us to our relationship with Jesus Christ in the first place; it was our need for something else.  What this world had to offer wasn't satisfying us.

Q:    What should we do as Christian men and women when we find ourselves looking for something else to fulfill us?

Let me suggest a few things.
  • Let's choose to focus on our relationship with God and choose to look to Him alone for our fulfillment (Ps. 105:3-4).  
  • Let's delight in the law of the Lord and choose to meditate upon it day and night (Ps. 1:1-3).
  • Let's choose to focus on what we have already been given and then choose to use these gifts freely (Matt. 25:14-28; Rom. 12:6-8).
  • Let's choose to invest into the lives of those we have been blessed to call family and friends (Prov. 27:17).

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's seek the Lord to ask Him for His wisdom.  Let's read our Bibles to find His perfect will (Rom. 12:2).  Let's be thankful for all He has given unto us and begin to take stock of all these blessings.  Let's invest into our relationships today and treat them as a prized possession.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 1:1-3 how can we be prosper and be blessed by the Lord?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be content in the things God has given to you?

APPLICATION: Lets seek the Lord today to be fulfilled.  Let's take time to thank Him for all He has provided for us.  

Let's Pray...

Father, thank You for Your abundant blessings.  I am sorry for the times where I have been discontent and have looked for something else to fulfill me.  I choose to seek You today to meet this need and I ask for a fresh filling of Your Holy Spirit.  Help me to be what You have called me to be to those in my life.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

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