“Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:11 New International Version (NIV)
Daily Devotional Series from Victory Church
Whenever the pre-flight safety instructions are given on an airplane, we are admonished that, in case of an emergency, we are to put the oxygen mask on ourselves first and then on our children. We are better able to help them if we are in a correct state of mind. This is true, as well, when we are reaching out to others. If our spiritual tank is dry, we have nothing to offer. We cannot share what we do not have ourselves. The next letter in our acrostic is “P” and prayer is one element of filling our tank.
I recently ran out of gas on the freeway. I knew I was running on low and fully intended to stop at the gas station that I knew was at the next off-ramp but didn’t quite make it. Thankfully Auto Club came to my rescue and I was on my way again, but sitting on the side of the freeway at dusk with cars whizzing by was not a fun experience. Letting my gas tank get low was not a good idea and was a not so subtle reminder of how important it is to keep an eye on how much gas I have left!
Keeping our spiritual “gas tank” full is even more important. Are you aware when your tank is running low? I am an early riser and have set aside time each morning before leaving for work to spend time in prayer and in Bible study. I call them my “Morning Moments.” On those days when I am running late or things just seem to fall apart, I miss that time of quiet and reflection.
The passage from 1 Chronicles reminds us to always seek His face. Looking to Him for strength on a daily basis fills our tanks and in turn, allows us to fill others with His love and grace. I love this quote from the book “The Turquoise Table” by Kristin Schell: “Before we can create a place of belonging for others, we must believe that we belong. For that, we must know to whom we belong. We are able to love because we were first loved.”
About the Author
[ Kay Pflueger ]
Kay Pflueger and her husband Wayne have been members at Victory Church for the last 8 years. Kay is a loving mother and grandmother whose love for the Lord is on display at all times. To contact Kay directly about this devotion, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.