Devotion for Wednesday, July 3, 2024

“And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast” (Matthew 9:15).

Life in this age is to be one part fasting and one part rejoicing.  We fast from the things that keep us away from the true life.  The Lord knows what that is for each one of us.  We celebrate the life we have in Christ knowing that He Who is our Savior will lead us in all of His ways.  We live in today, but also look forward to that day when all things are made new.  Live the life Christ gives you according to the Holy Spirit’s leading.

Lord, You know the immaturity that is mine.  You know those places where I am in need of fasting.  But also, You know where I should celebrate.  Guide me in Your goodness and mercy to reflect You in my life so that others may see what I do and seek You also.  You are the bridegroom of us all and call for us to follow You to the marriage feast.  Lead me according to Your word to seek You in all Your ways.

Come, Holy Spirit, and go deep into my soul that I may be rid of those things which hinder me from fully putting Christ on.  You know me better than I know myself and You know what You are making of me.  Lead me today through those places where I cling to what is neither good nor helpful.  May my spirit be willing to be led as You guide me throughout this day to do what is pleasing in the Father’s sight.  Amen.