Lord, I Don’t Know What Awaits, But…—Acts 20:22-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 20:13-21:36

Heavenly Father, as this year comes to a close, a season of ministry is ending. While I certainly don’t compare my ministry with Paul’s, I do know what it’s like to hear the Holy Spirit say go, start, leave, or stop.

And now I am bound by the Spirit to go to Jerusalem. I don’t know what awaits me, except that the Holy Spirit tells me in city after city that jail and suffering lie ahead. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. –Acts 20:22-24

Lord, it took obedience for Paul to leave Jerusalem and it took obedience for him to return. Five years ago I heard a quiet, kind, an loving thought bounce around my heart, “I want you to lead and online Bible study through the One-year Chronological Bible and I want you to write a devotion for each day’s reading and post it on a blog.”

Holy Spirit, I knew it was You because I would have never had that thought and Satan certainly would never tell me to do that! Up until this point I had only been posting on my blog once a month. Lord, in my natural mind I didn’t think what You were asking me to do was possible but with You all things are possible.

Lord, as this journey comes to a close, it’s taking as much obedience to stop as it did to start. I have learned so much. Leading this Bible study has taught me that You will open my eyes to the truth and relevancy of Your Word, when I spend time with You. Some days You gave me the words in an hour, some days it took three or four hours. Because of my commitment, I waited and You know that I’m the kind of person who needs a commitment. It amazes me that You work with the way You made me!

Lord, because of what I’ve learned and because of the intimacy I’ve had with You, I really don’t want to stop, but I will—because You said so. I will, knowing that the learning and the intimacy will continue, just in different ways.

Jesus, I don’t know what awaits me in this next season but I know my life is worth nothing unless I spend my time telling others about You.

Lord, I trust You. Use me for Your glory!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 21:37-23:35

6 Responses to “Lord, I Don’t Know What Awaits, But…—Acts 20:22-24”

  1. Harry December 2, 2014 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, the Journey is really coming to an end … maybe, better said is … not an end but just becoming something different than it has been.

    The insights the Lord has given us by way of our journey with you have been so wonderful. I wish everyone could do as I will after your journey evolves into what He has in store for you. I’m fortunate … I get to watch and learn … because God blessed me with becoming your husband over 13 years ago.

    I’m glad I won’t have to say … “I’ll miss you”!

  2. Sandy Satterfield December 2, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    I have so enjoyed the journey with you this year. I pray that God gives you a new journey with your followers. I’ll be praying for that to be His will. Love & hugs. Sandy

  3. Marcia Zecchini December 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    Thank you so much for your commitment. I have received so much from your labor. Well done.

  4. Nancy December 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm #

    Dianne, I remember the conversations we had when you made this commitment for one year. It has been such a blessing to participate in this journey. You have allowed us a glimpse of your growth in the good and bad times. Thank you for your commitment to our loving Father and to those who have been part of the journey with you. I KNOW God is going to use you for His Glory!

  5. Donna Franklin December 3, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Dianne, My routine for two years has been to wake up at 4:00am, read the scriptures from The Journey, read your blog, then I have my prayer time. I want you to know this study has enriched my life with knowledge about the word and encouraged me in living out my christian life. Many times you bring light to scriptures I have overlooked for many years.This year as you spoke to God for all to read, I could feel your pain. I have had some painful issues this year also.You have helped me as I continue to walk through disappointments and loss of loved ones. Please know my prayers are with you on your next journey. While it saddens me to know this Bible Study will end, I know you are following the will of God. Thank you for your faithfulness.
    Donna

  6. Helen December 20, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

    Dear Dianne

    Thank you for your blog. So sad that it is coming to an end! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts (all the way from England!) and benefitted from them greatly! God bless you in the next season of your life. Helen x

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