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2024 Day 2: Living a Life That’s Not Our Own

He has drawn me closer to Himself and helped me to take great delight in Him instead of the things of this world.

Jasmine Chan

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20)

There are some weeks where everything seems to go wrong. I recall one week when I arrived late to every appointment, was disappointed when several friends canceled dinner plans with me and I got into a fight with my mom. I came back each night to a messy room that I was too tired to clean. I wanted to respond in the wrong ways. I wanted to yell back, have a pity party, ignore all my responsibilities and spend the day mindlessly scrolling on social media or the web. And oftentimes, I did respond wrongly.

But by the end of the week, I saw my deep need for God. I saw my utter brokenness and vulnerability to failures and sins. For the Forty Day Impact Challenge, I had resolved to meditate on God’s Word, praise Him daily and fast so that I could pray for others. And through the challenge, the Lord has made a new pathway to joy for me. God has reminded me that He is with me in the midst of my failures and weaknesses. He has drawn me closer to Himself and helped me to take great delight in Him instead of the things of this world. When God met my needs, I could respond rightly to the disappointments and frustrations of everyday life—not expecting life’s circumstances to serve my needs—but counting them as opportunities to live out God’s love.

That desire for God didn’t come easily though. There were times I didn’t feel like focusing on the things of God and mostly just wanted to “get through” the challenges. But in persevering, God turned my focus away from myself and toward Himself and others. My life was no longer all about me, my pain and disappointments, or even about my ability to accomplish these challenges perfectly (which I did not). But instead, along with David, I could now sing, “Because your steadfast love is better than life,
 my lips will praise you” (Ps. 63:3). If God’s love is so much greater and more significant than anything that could happen in my life, how could I turn my focus inward when God’s love is pulsing forth for me and others in ways I can hardly imagine?

I realized then that if I had everything I “wanted”—perfect grades, financial security, beautiful looks all the time, deeply fulfilling relationships that never disappoint, etc.—I would probably forget God. I would forget the One who upholds my very existence. Let us live for the sake of His great love rather than to preserve a life we think will satisfy us. With Christ’s love as our motivation, we can look upward for our hope and victory over the disappointments of the here and now, saying confidently with Paul, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).


Reflection Questions

  1. How easy or difficult do you find desiring God to be in your daily life?
  2. As you reflect on your day or your week, are there moments you regret or feel uneasy about? Talk about them with God. He wants to know what you’re thinking and feeling.
  3. Meditate on Psalm 63:3. How has God shown his love for you today? 

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