Reminders of His truth to deliver us from our daily distractions. Reminders of His grace to comfort and sustain us. Reminders of His peace that will refresh us like a warm towel laid over our eyes—taking us to another world, relaxing and invigorating our senses, and refocusing our perspective… lighting our path for the day ahead.
If you feel as though you’re struggling with some sin that seems big and hairy and out of control (maybe like a giant, Burt-esque unibrow), I ask you to consider something. Think back to another area of past bondage that you are now free of and remember how difficult that seemed at the time. Remember how you were able to uproot that sin as you relied on God. Now trust Him to be faithful again. Ask Him. Let Him
My 3-year-old daughter adores art. Occasionally however, her love becomes a source of frustration when she has trouble executing the beauty she sees in her mind’s eye. Her cry begins with despair and turns to rage because “It’s not beautiful!” Her maturity in one area does not line up with her development in the other.
Our heavenly Father, through Christ, has given His children the amazing gift of grace with zero strings, yet we seem inclined to try and fulfill some sense of duty or obligation. No strings. If God had wanted puppets, He wouldn’t have given us free will. Yes, He wants our obedience, but not without our hearts. Obedience without love is simply law.
This brings so much hope to me when I hit a rough patch. We may be living in a world gone nuts, but God’s plans for His people are “to prosper, not to harm.” (Jer. 29:11) If we are inclined to believe anything God says, it should follow that we believe EVERYTHING He says. So we can trust that no matter how bad it may look to us, He will work all things together for the good of those who love Him… “for our own good.” Always.
Our loving God, who is above all things, has THE perspective… wouldn’t you agree? Try as we might, we will never truly understand or see anything clearly until we shift our focus to Jesus, rest in Him—relax and receive His revelation.
If your heart is with Him, you can rest in the knowledge that He already has everything figured out and if He wants something done (or not done), He will make it known. You don’t have to wonder if He will. The question is, will you?
With Jesus on first, we now have a whole new ballgame: What? and I Don’t Know are on the bench, replaced by Grace and Rest. And apparently, Jesus knows Will. We found him! And here’s the best part… Jesus is offering His knowledge and easy-yoke line-up to you.
We’ve been given free will of course, but as God’s children following the example of Jesus, we seek His will rather than our own (Matt. 26:39). Has determining God’s will for you ever felt a little like the Abbot & Costello comedy routine “Who’s on First?” Let’s say “I” am on first… that puts “What?” on second and “I Don’t Know” on third. Confusion abounds. But what if we try a new line up? What if we put Jesus on first?
There’s a nature trail in the woods not far from our house where I enjoy spending time alone with God. It’s like entering another world as my feet abandon pavement for soft earth and I venture deeper into the canopy of trees. The sound of cars is soon drowned out by the busy chattering of birds and squirrels. The forest begins to speak a story of God’s creation, virtually untouched by man.