New And Improved?

May 28, 2010
by Julie Bowles

As I opened the fridge one morning to get milk for my morning cup of tea, I noticed the following phrases on items in the fridge:

    Improved recipe
    New buttery taste
    New great taste
    Same look, new taste
    Improved taste

We live in a world that is broken and hurting. Searching for improvement seems to be a way of life for so many. "If only I had this or that", or "If only I could do this, or make this better" — these are common phrases of this world.

As I went with my tea to spend time doing devotions with the Lord, I gathered my Bible, pen, notepaper, and daily Scripture reading, and I wondered whether I am guilty at times of searching for gimmicks and methods to try and improve my time with the Lord. Yet human beings were created simply to have fellowship with the Lord:

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (NIV)

Genesis 3:8a – Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day. (NIV)

Revelation 3:20 – Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to Him and dine with him, and he with Me. (NKJV)

These Scriptures remind me that there is nothing better created or changed than that which comes from the Lord.

He wants us to come to Him — just as we are.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for the reminder that Your Word encourages us to spend time with You, in Your presence. Help us, Lord, when we stray too far from You. Help us to know that it is not the product or the process that we need — we need You. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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