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Daily Devotional: Live in the Moment (Day 31)

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Living In The Moment

Daily Devotional Series - Day 31

Reading: Ecclesiastes 8:1-8

It was one of the last exams I’d ever take in my seminary career. As looked over the questions, my blood started to simmer and then it came to boil and steam started to come out of my ears. I wanted to walk up to the professor and say, “The answers to all these questions are the same! I know the answer and you know that I know the answer! Why are we doing this? You’re insulting my intelligence. I can’t do this anymore!” That’s what wanted to do. But I took a deep breath, completed the exam, turned it in, and ranted to my friends. If I did what I wanted to do then, I wouldn’t be allowed to do what I am doing now.

Sometimes when we want something so bad or are stuck in misery we forget that God has a plan and purpose. We get tired of waiting so we take matters into our own hands, we cut corners, we circumvent the process, take the easy route, we justify the ends over the means, and while it may help us momentarily, it will catch up to us. “Wickedness will not release those who practice it.”

If you are going through something now, keep praying about it and keep your eyes open for the right opportunity when it presents itself.

Key Scripture

“For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.”

Ecclesiastes 8:6 (NIV)

Today’s Prayer

Father, I am afraid to pray for patience because you’ll probably just give me more things that try my patience. Give me strength to wait on you, knowing you will do things at the right time and that you are never late. No matter what I think. In Jesus’ name. Amen.