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A life of surplus is available

Isaiah 48:17

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
The Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
Who teaches you to profit,
Who leads you by the way you should go.”

Do you know how to profit in life? How to be left with a surplus instead of a deficit in all the areas of your life? This verse implies that on our own we DON’T know!

For some of us, life is one frustration after another. We keep getting fired, but we don’t know why. We always manage to get sick at a certain time of the year, and it just seems like an inevitability for us. We always seem to attract the kind of guy or woman that we don’t like. Things only ever work for us for a certain length of time and then we have to switch friends. Do these kinds of patterns sound familiar to you?

When you find yourself stranded by life, do you understand why? Do you know why you are so often in a crisis? It’s time to turn every deficit into profit.

The fact is that a life of profit is available, but we will have to be taught how to live it. It’s not going to happen just because we desire it, or because we are educated. Natural advantages on their own can only take us so far. If we really want to enjoy lasting profit – in our relationships, our finances, our mental state, our emotions and our physical bodies – we must seek for God to teach us how from the infinite wisdom of His Word.

When you go to church, do you expect to be taught something? Or are you mostly wanting to be inspired? Being inspired is wonderful. We need to be lifted emotionally and encouraged in our minds, but if we are not learning anything, the benefits we feel will be very short lived. We will go back to our challenges and nothing will change, because we have no new instructions to get us a different outcome.

As you go to church this weekend, ask God to teach you how to profit in the areas of your life where you are bumping up against a wall all the time and you are out of answers. It’s time to break out!

Pray

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge you as the source of all wisdom. There isn’t a single problem to which you don’t have an answer. There isn’t a single deficit in my life, that you cannot turn into surplus.

This weekend I ask you to teach me from your Word. I am hungry to be taught so that I can do something that will change my situation. Take away my ignorance; show me things that have been in my blind spot, and teach me how to profit in my life. In Jesus’ name!

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