Yes I Will

Sometimes I don’t want to do the things I want to do. Do you ever feel like that?

I want to stick to a schedule during social distancing. I want to be patient with my family. I want to gently lead them into prayer, worship and activities that will help everyone keep the right attitude. I want to serve God and put other people first. I want to serve Him even when it is hard. But sometimes I don’t want to do what I want to do.

This morning I got out of the house early for a trip to Walmart. I didn’t realize first hour was seniors only, so they kicked me out. I came back an hour later. There were a lot of stern faces at the grocery store. When I got home there were some explosions going on over homework and chores. My mood went dark and I couldn’t bring it back easily. Then it was time for family devotions.

What do you do when it’s time to do the right thing, but you don’t want to do it at all?

Yes I will (Vertical Worship)

This is a song that has been helping me the past few days. The moment when you don’t want to do the right thing is an opportunity. It is an opportunity for true worship.

Hebrews 13:15-16 says this. “Through Jesus let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that willingly profess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

What exactly is a sacrifice of praise? It is the decision to praise God when nothing in you wants to do it. It is an act of defiance against the darkness. It is painful to do. It is full of power.
 
If you praise God when you feel great and life is good, what reward will you get? Doesn’t everyone do that?

But if you praise God when nothing in you wants to do it, if you do it as an act of defiance against the darkness and your own wrong desires, then you are living like a true child of God.

We did our devotions this morning. I forced my mind and body to praise God. I prayed for my family even though I was mad at them.

Yes I will lift You high
In the lowest valley
Yes I will bless Your name
Oh, yes I will sing for joy
When my heart is heavy
All my days
Oh, yes I will

#devotionschallenge
 
 By Isaac Whiting