The Journey with Ron Moore
Devotion Text
 

Psalm 63:8

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.

 Sometimes all we can do is hold on. One doctor’s visit leaves our minds spinning. One phone call changes the course of our days. One text leaves our hearts heavy. We’re not up for reading a book about the theology or the practice of prayer. Sometimes all we can do is cling.

David wrote the words of today’s passage when he was in a desert – a dry time, a lonely time. Maybe you can relate. Today you are in a desert of illness or loss, fear or doubt, confusion or anxiety. Your mind is swirling with questions about the future and real-time decisions. You are exhausted from the tests, the waiting, and the procedures. You are recouping from the treatments. You are reeling after the loss. Sometimes all you can do is cling.

That’s all you need to do! Hold tight to the Father! Fasten yourself to him. The ride may be bumpy so buckle up next to him. His strong right arm is wrapped around you. He’s holding on to you more tightly than you are clinging to him and he will never let you go! Wherever you are and whatever you’re going through, keep clinging to the Father. That is the only place of real protection, encouragement, and peace.

Talking Point

  • Lord, today help me cling to you. Thank you for your strong right hand that holds me up. 

Father, I am clinging to you! Thank you for holding tight to me and never letting go. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

The War Within

Devotion Text
 

Job 12:13-14

With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding. If he tears down, none can rebuild; if he shuts a man in, none can open.

When the family is healthy, when the job is secure, when you are enjoying a great stretch of life, then it is easy to say, “With God are wisdom and might….” But when Job uttered these words, he was on a zipline headed down with no end in sight. He was mourning the loss of his children and his health. Job’s wife had told him to curse God and die.

And yet…read Job’s words. Reread them. In the midst of grief and suffering, Job can still acknowledge God as sovereign. His ways are certain. When he tears something down, no one can rebuild it. When God binds something up, no one can release it. Wisdom, might, counsel, and understanding belong to him.

I don’t know your situation. I don’t know if you are enjoying a great ride or if you are barely hanging on as your life spirals downward. But I do know this. Whatever your situation God is in control. He has not left you alone or forgotten you. Somehow (and I know this might be hard for you to believe right now) he is working all things together for your good. Can God be trusted? Yes! Can you trust God? I will let you answer that question.

Talking Points

  • Tell God exactly what you are thinking and feeling. Prayer is simply talking to him.
  • Thank God for being trustworthy. Ask him to help you trust him.

Dear Father, you are close to the brokenhearted. Please make your presence known to those going through difficult times. Remind them that no matter what it “feels” like, you are in control and at work for their good. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 


 

Today on The Journey Broadcast:

 

Sanctifying Sexual Desire in Men – Part 2

Sex in the backseat has you imprisoned, looking at the road behind, as you travel farther and farther from home. It’s taking you for a ride you think you control when you don’t. But there’s someone closing fast. Someone who wants a word. Someone who loves you.

Ron Moore is here to tell you about it in this half-hour.

Imagine this scene. It is windy and hot with the temperature close to 100 degrees. There is the sound of horses and wagon wheels and loud voices of impatient men. The air is filled with dust and anticipation. All has been left behind for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Families in covered wagons and individuals on horseback are lined up, anxiously awaiting the sun to reach its zenith. At high noon the gun will sound and these 19th century pioneers will be off to stake their claims.

It was September 16, 1889. These pioneers were off to settle a piece of land in Oklahoma Territory known as the Cherokee Strip. Perry, my hometown, was packed with people, as it served as the headquarters for this Oklahoma Land Run. Each year this event is remembered with a weekend of activities known as the Cherokee Strip Celebration. After the Saturday morning parade, you can dine at the Cherokee Strip or the 89er’s Restaurant. Of course, you could go with me to our favorite, the Shady Lady. Yes, the Shady Lady is a family restaurant.

Funny thing about these pioneers that staked out the land around my hometown. They started out as pioneers leaving the past behind, and set out for unsettled territory. They endured the hot summer winds to stake new claims. But after their homes were built, they became “settlers.” Many would never move again. The very ones whose wagons bounced over the open plains became “stuck in a rut.”

In his book, Frontier, Louis L ‘Amour, describes the settler mentality.  He wrote: “Everything within you and me begs, Take it easy. Don’t rock the boat. Leave well-enough alone. Back off. Why run the risk? If you leave the familiar and venture outside your comfort zone, you’re liable to mess things up.” That’s settler talk. Safe. Secure. Predictable. Boring.

Here is some more settler talk you may have heard somewhere along the trail. “It has never been done. We’ve never done it that way. We’ve always done it that way. When you’ve been here awhile, you’ll realize … We’ve got enough on our plate. We tried that once before a few years ago. See, I told you it wouldn’t work. Change anything, but that. That’s not in your area (translated: Stay off my turf). Let’s form a committee, I’ll chair it.” Settler talk. Ineffective. Immobilizing.

In the same book, L’Amour also described the pioneer. “It is our destiny,” he wrote, “to move out, to accept the challenge, to dare the unknown. It is our destiny to achieve. If we are content to live in the past, we have no future. And today is the past.”

Our present generation is being built on the crumbling foundation of relativism. Our culture smirks at absolute truths, making up the rules as it goes. Singles are staying single longer and wondering if the church knows they exist. Single parents, trying to balance all the balls, wonder if the church cares. Teenagers, bombarded with pressure and temptation, wonder if the church understands. Children, accustomed to the electronic media, wonder if the church will ever catch up to the level of technology that communicates to them. There is no time to settle down.

It is our destiny to move out, to accept the challenge of proclaiming the unchanging message of Christ to an ever changing culture.

To attempt things for Christ that we have never attempted before. To achieve things for Christ that we have never achieved before. Today is the past. And if we are content to settle comfortably in the past, there is no future. We hold in our hearts and our hands the Good News. Let’s keep it moving through our lips and our lives.

So saddle up your horses! Grab the reins! Get ready for a wild and glorious ride. There is unsettled territory just over the hill. And once we have staked our claim, it will be time to mount up and move out again. Our destiny is to bring glory and honor to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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