The One Thing I Need Most

They were alive! The only three from the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah still breathing. Still in existence. The LORD had saved them! In his loving kindness protected them. Preserving Lot and his daughters through judgment.

Devotional Scripture: Genesis 19:30-38
Key Verse: “Preserve me, O God, for in you I put my trust” (Ps. 16:1)

Yet they trusted him not.

Seeking by their own means to preserve life. Seeking (ironically) the very thing God had just done for them! The older said to the younger, “Come let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring from our father” (Gen. 19:32). And so they did. Two consecutive evenings the girls took turns having sex with their father; first the older and then the younger. While Lot, completely inebriated, had no clue.

Acting on the assumption there were no men anywhere, the girls convinced themselves incest was the only option. Trusting their instincts they pressed forth with the plan and committed a grave sin. Both conceived and gave birth to boys from which came the nations of the Moabites and Ammonites. Both nations enemies of Israel. Both nations allies with Babylon in the destruction of Judah. (2 Kings 24:2) Oh that I might never underestimate the reach of my sin!

Clearly God had shown them He was the one who could preserve life. He was the one who could guard them, sustain them, and keep them.

Yet they sought him not.

Why? Why did they not seek the one who saved them? Because maybe…it wasn’t enough. Maybe salvation just wasn’t enough for them. Which begs the question is it enough for me? for you?

It’s the proof of God’s love, the evidence of his affection.“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved” (Eph. 2:5). But is it enough to merit our unceasing trust?

It’s more than enough.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While we were yet sinners, God declared his love for us. He didn’t have to save us. He chose to save us. Christ willingly put himself on the cross. Yet we doubt his affection every time we lean on our own understanding instead of His. Every time we try it in our own strength instead of His. Every time we make a plan apart from His. We’re telling him it. just. wasn’t. enough.

O Lord forgive me.

For the many times a day I don’t look to you. When I’m out of strength or patience or kindness or wisdom and yet I seek you not. Distressed over which path to take. Or miserable because the  one I chose to take. Trying on my own to hold it together. Failing more than I care to admit. When all I need to do is simply seek you. You’ve declared to me – “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you” (Ps. 55:22).

Yet I carry around my worries as if you don’t mean it. As if I don’t trust you. As if you haven’t already proven your love for me.

No more Father. I lift my eyes to you. I need you. I need your daily preservation.

I need you to keep me from stumbling (Jude 24).  When I’ve answered to “Moommmyyyy” 5,763 times and can’t do it again. When I have no idea who took what tractor from whom and it’s my 87th time to make such a determination. When I’ve said NO nine times to a cookie and he’s still screaming at the pantry. When I’m tired of cleaning everyone else’s mess. When I just don’t want to do any of it anymore.

I lift my eyes to you.

It’s your steadfast love and faithfulness that will sustain me (Ps. 40:11). Your spirit that will enable me (John 15:5). Your promises that will uphold me (Ps. 119:50).

I lift my eyes to you.

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3)

So I trust in you. Since you chose to save me. It’s enough LORD….it’s forever and always more than enough.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I put my trust” (Ps. 16:1)

Lot’s daughters looked to themselves for preservation. But I will look to Jesus! Will you?

Contemplate and Evaluate:
For what do you need to seek God for today? What do you need to trust Him with?
In what situation are you leaning on your own understanding instead of God’s?image

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