Daily Devotion

December 1, 2013

Stop Getting Burned

There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
—Proverbs 18:24

Choosing to spend time with the right people is one of the most important decisions you can make in life. It’s also one of the most practical areas to begin discerning the voice of God and His will for your life. Have you ever given your best in a relationship but gotten the worst in return? Remember the lyrics of the popular country song, “Lookin’ for Love,” by Johnny Lee:

Lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces.

That has become a theme song for far too many people.

It’s time to put a stop to getting burned. It’s time to start enjoying the healthy, balanced relationships everyone wants and needs. God wants to help you make wise choices about the people you let into your life, from friends to business colleagues to spouses. Finding the proper people is an important part of determining God’s will for your life. If you have ever been used, abused, abandoned, or taken advantage of in a relationship, this section is for you. Too often, good people get entangled in bad relationships — with disastrous results.

If you start bringing the right voices into your life, you’ll begin to make the right choices as well. And once you start making the right choices, you get the right connections. Every time God does something significant in our lives, He introduces us to new people — ones who are connected to our destiny and purpose. Learning to discern God’s voice and follow His leading will remove you from bad relationships and bring you into contact with the right people.

I’m going to share how you can hear God’s voice and discern His will so that you can distinguish between the “right people” from the wrong people.

Heavenly Father, I pray that over the next thirty days, You will develop the gift of discernment in my life. Guide my thoughts and feelings to mirror Your perfect will for my life. Help me to know the right people from the wrong people and associate with those who are furthering Your kingdom. Amen.