I appreciate the devotional thoughts by Sarah Young in Jesus Calling.
Each morning i read daily excerpts and jot down some my own thoughts.
Seek My Face more and more. You are really just beginning your journey of intimacy with Me. It is not an easy road, but it is a delightful and privileged way: a treasure hunt. I am the Treasure, and the Glory of My Presence glistens and shimmers along the way.
The intentionality of seeking the face of God is the key. How does one do that? It is just the beginning. It is the first of many steps. It is a journey. I will never arrive. Yet, I must continue on. Moment by moment proceeding with purpose In order to simple know Him. He is the True Treasure.
Hardships are part of the journey too. I mete them out ever so carefully, in just the right dosage, with a tenderness you can hardly imagine. Do not recoil from afflictions, since they are among My most favored gifts. Trust Me and don’t be afraid, for I am your Strength and Song.
He allows hardships and challenges to intersect my search for Him.
These difficulties will dissuade me or determine me.
I will give up or I will gear up.
The more I embrace these obstacles as opportunities, the more I grow in grace and feed my faith. Suffering makes me stronger.
I trust in Him.
My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
—2 Corinthians 4:7
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”