Why do we look for and find fault with each other? Could it be because we, ourselves, are not in line with our heavenly Father’s plan for our lives? We have strayed. We don’t look to Him to guide us in our daily lives. Instead, our focus is on ourselves. We don’t have the love relationship with God that He longs to share with us. Consequently, we find fault with others, perhaps in an attempt to camouflage our own imperfections.

The Lord wants to give us a rich experience in life, stemming from an intimate relationship with Him, which transforms us into people who want to focus on doing His work.

Once we are joined with Him, He will lead us day by day to reach out to others in selfless love. Only He can mold us into vessels capable of doing His work. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Anything of value can only be done while abiding in the Lord.

We need to seek Him daily through prayer, Bible study, and in our life experiences. In the Bible, Moses relates God’s promise to the Israelites after their fall into idolatry: “But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut. 4:29).

Seeking Him through prayer involves a heart connection. We connect to the Master of the universe through an intimate conversation with Him. By petitioning and praising Him we are enlightened, instructed, and blessed in His presence.

Bible study acquaints us with God’s character and His expectations of us. Nothing can replace the study of Holy Scripture for guidance and instruction.

When we seek God with our whole being, or soul, we experience Him fully in our lives. We come to know Him while abiding in Him.

Only the grace He extends to us allows us to view others as fellow wayfarers deserving of our love and encouragement. Yes, He can transform us, but we need to enter into that love relationship with Him first.

4 comments so far

  1. Judith Joyner on

    Betsy, I am a friend of Linda Holthaus’. She sent this blog to me and I sincerely believe every word. I wish I could have stated my belief as clearly as you. I often must lead a devotion and I would like to read this blog for the next one. I’ll even give you credit! LOL. Judy Joyner


    • betsyborchardt on

      I am happy you are so spiritually inclined and that you want to share my blog as a devotional for your group. I gladly give you my permission to do that, provided you give me credit. I feel through you, Judy, God has given me a helper in Christ. May God help you and your group find peace and safety in Him. Betsy


  2. Barbara Dickson on

    Dear Betsy;

    Thank you for this message! :0 It is so good to read and be always reminded of what we need to be doing with and for God 🙂 Love-in-Christ, Barb 🙂

    Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 03:34:34 +0000 To:


    • betsyborchardt on

      Thanks, Barb, For being such a faithful reader of my blog posts. So happy you value this one in particular.
      Love in Christ, Betsy


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