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“The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied” (Psalm 16:4a NASB)

Our hearts are often torn between the god we want and the God that is. Our sorrows increase when we opt for the god we want over the God that is because serving the god we want allows us to pacify our consciences while permitting us to violate them. We step over boundaries God put in place for our protection, which leads to residually painful consequences.


The god we want may serve our purposes, but the God who is calls us to serve His purposes, and His purposes are for our good. Patrick Morley wrote: “There is a god we want, and there is a God who is. They are not the same God. And the turning point of our lives is when we stop seeking the god we want and start seeking the God who is.”


Let today be the turning point in your life. Start seeking the God who is with all your heart. In seeking Him, you’ll find He is the only God you truly want.

© Paul R Downing

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