January 22 – Best Year Yet – Where is God?

Read Isaiah 30:18

At this point in his life, Austin Carlile was at the top of the world. He was the lead singer of world renowned band Of Mice and Men and was an icon for a sea of super fans. The band was succeeding incredibly as they were consistently touring with other mega bands. However, it was in the midst of all this success that Austin felt like something was missing. A hole had figuratively been punched through his heart as his mother died when he was 17. No matter how much he fought to fill that void with success and popularity as well as drugs, sex and alcohol, it wasn’t being filled.

In an I am Second video, Austin tells the story of calling his Dad from the top of the band’s tour bus asking, “Is this it?” Was what he was experiencing the best that life could offer? His dad’s answer was actually a very simple question:

“Where is God?”

This is a question that all of us are confronted with at one point of our life. When we live our life our own way, we believe that we are doing what’s truly best for us. If you’re like Austin, you may even “find what you’re looking for”. It’s at this point when you realize that what you found isn’t really what it’s cut out to be.

Our passage in Isaiah tells us that God longs to be gracious to us and that He waits on high to have compassion on those who long for Him. God is waiting to bless you; are you in the correct position to receive that gift?

No matter where you are in your life, where is God? How important is your relationship with Him? Are you going through the motions or are you living your life to glorify Him and to advance the Kingdom? When God is at the center of your life, you are primed for blessing and for the best year of your life!

Will you be honest with yourself to ask where God is in your life? Do you need to bring Him back to the center? Are you holding anything back from Him? Where is God?

Here is the I am Second video from Austin. It is my prayer that you find encouragement through his words:


If you want 2019 to be the best year yet, identify where God is in your life and position Him even closer to the center.

Jake Lawson


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