It’s Sunday, December 6th, the morning of the final hunt of the season. My morning routine includes reading a couple of devotionals: Oswald Chambers and Jesus Calling. Many know that after dinner on the first night of the youth hunts we do a short devotional – something to stir the hearts of the dads and something to challenge the youth.
As I read Jesus Calling it highlights a challenge that many dads have – a fully yielded heart to God.
Stay ever so close to Me, and you will not deviate from the path I have prepared for you. This is the most efficient way to stay on track; it is also the most enjoyable way. Men tend to multiply duties in their observance of religion. This practice enables them to give Me money, time, and work without yielding up to Me what I desire the most—their hearts. Rules can be observed mechanically. Once they become habitual, they can be followed with minimal effort and almost no thought. These habit-forming rules provide a false sense of security, lulling the soul into a comatose condition.
What I search for in My children is an awakened soul that thrills to the Joy of My Presence! I created mankind to glorify Me and enjoy Me forever. I provide the Joy; your part is to glorify Me by living close to Me.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.