Bonhoeffer: Pebble in My Shoe

August 6

“Theological work and real pastoral fellowship can only grow in a life which is governed by gathering around the Word morning and evening and by fixed times of prayer.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Chase cars long enough and eventually you’ll wind up with a mouth full of tail pipe and bumper.

I’m not always chasing the best things. Even now, though no longer chasing the things I chased in my youth (do I really need elaborate on that?) I need to constantly be re-evaluating what I am chasing and what I seek. Even in ministry, if God has set me upon a course – even a good and right and noble one – then I am wasting time pursuing it.

The danger in our Christian living is the comfort level we find, having settled into the good works of The Lord. I should be most nervous when I am most comfortable because these are the moments when the enemy will sneak in to distract and destroy and dismay. I’m not looking for the traps he begins to lay until I find that I’ve wandered into a minefield with no recollection of how I got there in the first place. In my comfort, I am are less inclined to seek God and His righteousness because I think I’ve found all of Him that I need.



Stay uncomfortable by seeking God daily. Let His Holy Spirit be that pebble in your shoe, on guard and alert, daily searching Him through my times of prayer and His Word. I guarantee that if you’re asking the Holy Spirit to reveal things you need to work on, reveal spiritual deficiencies that you need to address, you won’t stay comfortable for long. And the enemy won’t find it nearly as easy to slip past your sentries to set his traps within your heart!

Peace, Sean G.

Today’s Scripture: Amos 5:14-15

14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.

15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.


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