Our Daily Elder Devotional
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Today’s devotional is from Billy Graham’s “Hope for Each Day”
Accept God’s Freedom
James 4:8New International Version (NIV)
8 Come near to God [with a contrite heart] and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
One day a little child was playing with a valuable vase. He put his hand into it and could not take it out. His father, also, try his best to get the little boy’s hand out, but all in vain. They were thinking of breaking the vase when the father said, “Now, my son, make one more try. Open your hand and hold your fingers straight out as you see me doing and then pull.”
To the fathers astonishment the little fellow said, “Oh no, Daddy. I couldn’t put my fingers out like that because if I did I would drop my penny.”
Smile if you will but thousands of us are like that little boy, so busy holding onto the world’s worthless trifles that we cannot except God’s freedom.
What “trifle” is keeping you from God? A sin you won’t let go of? And unworthy goal you are determined to reach? A dishonorable relationship you won’t give up? I beg you to drop that trifle in your heart. Surrender! Let go and let God have His way in your life.