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"A Question about Life's Direction"

November 17, 2006

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"What shall I do, Lord?" I asked. Acts 22:10

When Saul, an enemy of the church, asked Jesus the question above, he had been struck down and made blind by the light from heaven. He realized he had been persecuting the Lord of glory and that his life was in Jesus' hands. Christ changed him from Saul to Paul and made him history's greatest missionary.

Probably not many of us have had the course of our lives changed so suddenly and dramatically. Yet life's problems may drive us to our knees as we seek direction from God.

Instead of waiting for a crisis, we do better to live each day with the inquiring attitude, "What shall I do today, Lord?" We seek God's direction in the smaller things of life, yes, but especially at times of decision: "What shall I do about career, job, marriage, retirement?"

God does not disappoint us when we ask trustingly for His guidance. For Paul it was a life of joyful missionary service. Even the beatings and imprisonments did not cause him to regret following the Lord's directions. We have the confidence: "He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all--how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" (Romans 8:32).

PRAYER: Gracious God, grant us direction for our lives, trusting in Your merciful goodness; for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Ezekiel 5-7    1 Timothy 4

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