Daily Devotionals

Run To The Father 

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Scripture: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.” – Proverbs 18:10


When coming back from college, I was once again reunited with high school friends. I was so eager to get to see them again. I ran as fast as I could to make plans with them, putting it before everything else I had to do that day. Looking back on it now, it makes me think- what if we had that same attitude towards seeking the Lord? 


When seeking the Lord, we strive to be eager to learn about the Lord and put him before everything else in our day, but how often do things happen in our everyday lives that distract us from seeking the Lord? Proverbs 18:10 uses the word “run.” When I think of the word “run,” I think of urgency and steadfastness. When running, we are completely determined to finish a certain task and completely uninterested in the surroundings around us. Now, imagine what it would look like if we ran to the Father. Completely eager and determined to seek the Lord. Completely uninterested in our everyday life surroundings. Solely focused on the Lord our God.  


What does running to the Lord look like? Running to the Lord will be different for each of us. You may set aside time during your day to read the Bible. You may take time during your day to pray about what is on your mind. Making the effort to go to church on Sunday is also like running to the Lord. The idea of running to the Lord is taking time each day solely devoted towards building your relationship with Christ. Of course, life gets busy and will throw us curveballs. However, no matter what happens in a day, we are all capable of spending a fraction of our day building our relationship with Christ. 


Today’s verse has helped me realize the importance of seeking the Lord daily. The verse also uses the word “righteous.” The word “righteous” is ascribed to someone free of guilt and sin. Without the Lord’s forgiveness, we would not be worthy of his protection, but because he is forgiving, we are saved. 


Seeking him daily to praise him for all he has done for us is important. He is with us now and forever. 


Prayer: Righteous God, I pray that as we go about our lives we remember to seek you out on a daily basis. Help us to run to you. When we are worshiping, help us make that the only thing on our minds, completely unaware of the surroundings around us. Help us to remember that everything we have in this life is because of you, and that in the midst of all of our chaos, you help us to worship you now and forever. Amen.


Submitted by James Blackwelder