Devotional Books for Individuals Seeking to Find God's Best for Life

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Devotional books can help set your mind on Christ and transform your life.

Are you one who is looking for life, joy, and pleasure? Are you seeking God’s best for your life? God has provided a way for you to have these things. Our devotional books and Bible studies point to this way and show in detail how to find, experience, and enjoy it. 

Finding the Life God Desires for Us Through Devotional Books and Lessons

Here’s how we find this life we desire:

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”Psalms 16:11 (NIV) 

Let’s go deeper into this passage:

First, notice that in order to find the path of life, God must reveal it to us. The psalmist wrote, “You make known to me the path of life.” God must make it known to us, or we’ll never find it. If you are an individual seeking to find life, to find God’s best, then God must make it known and reveal it to you.

“However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard,

and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 (NIV) 

When it comes to finding this way of life, it might surprise you to discover that the way of life comes by the death of Jesus Christ on a cross. Notice the connection between us finding life, and Jesus laying down His life on the cross, in the analogy that Jesus used here:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11 (NIV) 

How do we find the way to this abundant life? It is through Jesus’ death. The Good Shepherd went to the cross and laid down His life to rescue us from the “wolves.” Some “wolves” that Jesus rescued us from are:

1) the law which would condemn us (Colossians 2:13-14) 

2) the wrath of God which would destroy us (John 3:36)

3) the hell of separation from God which would torment us (Daniel 12:1-2)

4) Satan’s work of tempting and then accusing us (Zechariah 3:1-7; Colossians 2:15) 

Jesus suffered abuse and death so that we might have life eternal and life abundant. And there is a way to enter into this life, to enjoy and relish in it.

Take just a moment to look at the cross and see what Jesus is doing there. He is taking our curse to give us His blessing (Galatians 3:13), entering into darkness to rescue us out of it and bring us into the light (Colossians 1:13), paying the ransom price for our freedom (Matthew 20:28), being punished that we might be pardoned (Isaiah 55:7), experiencing separation from the Father that we might be united with Him forever (Matthew 27:46), becoming poor that we might be rich (2 Corinthians 8:9), bearing our sin that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24), suffering in weakness that we might receive power (Acts 1:8), giving up His last breath that we might have His Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), and dying that we might live (John 3:16)!

Do you see it? If you look at the cross, you will see God revealing to you the way of life through Jesus’ death, and as you believe that message, you enter into the experience and enjoyment of this abundant life.

Second:

Notice the second point in Psalm 16:11:

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalms 16:11 (NIV) 

Again, we notice that it is God who does the work. He enables us to know the path of life through the cross of Christ, and He fills us with joy in His presence. 

If you want to be filled with joy, study how to enter into His presence. We have already seen above that all blessings come to us through the cross of Jesus Christ. Nowhere is this truer than when we want to find joy.

If we look at the cross long enough, we will see Jesus becoming a Man of Sorrows, taking all our sin and sorrows, our sicknesses and sufferings, right on Himself. He was then banished from God’s presence and died alone in the darkness, under God’s wrath, being separated from His Father because of our sin.

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3 (KJV) 

But His sorrow becomes our joy, even as His death became our life! The Man of Sorrows produces people of joy, for as we view the cross, not only are our hearts broken, but they are filled with awe and wonder at what Jesus is doing there, and we begin to experience, maybe for the first time, heartfelt joy! 

Third:

Finally, notice the third point of Psalm 16:11:

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalms 16:11 (NIV) 

Again, God does the work. God makes known the path of life through the cross, God fills us with joy as we view Jesus, the Man of Sorrows dying in our place, and God fills us with “eternal pleasures at your right hand.”

The gospel tells us that Jesus died for our sins and was buried, according to the Scriptures, that He rose again on the third day and ascended to God’s right hand (1 Corinthians 15:1-6):

“After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” Hebrews 1:3 (NIV) 

When Psalm 16:11 tells us that we can be filled with eternal pleasure at God’s right hand, what does that mean? It is pointing us to the finished work of Christ on the cross, and His ongoing work in mediating and interceding for us, and the joy we have in His presence as we contemplate His working on our behalf. Jesus sat down at the right hand of God, and we find eternal pleasures at God’s right hand!

Are you looking to find God’s best for your life? Do you agree that finding life, being filled with joy, and experiencing eternal pleasure is better than you might have thought?

If so, consider what Jesus has done for you. Through His death, He brought you abundant and eternal life, through taking on your sin as the “Man of Sorrows” He purchased a heart full of joy for you in being free from sin’s penalty and power, and through rising from the dead and ascending to the right hand of God, He mediates for you and dispenses eternal pleasure.

Oh friend, come to the right hand of God now by faith, see Jesus’ body full of the scars of His love for you, listen to His cries and prayers for your ongoing forgiveness and pardon, hear Him pour out His love for you to the Father, even as He poured out His blood for you on the cross!

In closing, you can read about a man by the name of Job in the Bible. Job once declared that he had helped people so much in his life that when they came to the end of their lives, they blessed him. He said, “the dying man has blessed me” (Job 29:13). 

With our eyes of faith, we turn to the hill of Calvary, and we go back in time two thousand years to view a shocking spectacle - the only perfect Man who ever lived dying on a cruel cross as if He were the worst criminal. But with those same eyes of faith, we see that dying Man blessing us with overwhelming love, with unspeakable joy, with abundant life, and with eternal pleasures. Yes, we can say with Job, “the dying Man blessed me.” And in so doing, we can find God’s best for our lives! 

More Devotional Books and Lessons for You

Read more about this abundant life, unspeakable joy, and eternal pleasures in the devotional book called “Looking to Jesus: A 30-Day Devotional For Transformation.”

Looking to Jesus: A 30-Day Devotional For Transformation

Wendy writes, "The Looking to Jesus devotional has been a balm for my hurting heart. I have learned essential truths, actually the most important truths to know, by going through these lessons."

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