When God tells us to wait we often feel like we’re sitting on our hands, but at least we’re not sitting on God’s hands. You sit on His hands when you try to be in control and take things into your own hands. Because as long as you think you can handle it, you leave no room for Him to work. But He says to us, “I want you to come to Me because I am all that you need.”
Hold tight to God and His promises and let everything else pass through your hands and into His. You can’t cling to two things at once and whatever you’re grasping at over God is always a poor substitute for Him.
Relationships are not about finding someone who will make you happy. It’s all about loving them so much that your first concern is for them, to see them whole and happy – to do all you can to keep them confident in the the Lord, themselves, and confident that they are good enough for you and all you could ever ask for. Love means finding your greatest happiness in their happiness and your highest enjoyment in seeing their joy.
The church is full of bench-warmers who want to be on the winning team but not in the game. This has happened because our “church services” attract and create that kind of attitude by leaving nearly all of the body completely passive. Like wise the church is “asleep” because every week she’s given a few lullabies and a bed-time story. If we want to see the radical change of the church waking up and becoming what she is meant to be then we must first make a radical shift in our thinking.
We pray for revival and but continue to “do church” as usual, yet church isn’t where we go or what we do but who we are. It’s been said that church is not a social club, but isn’t that at least closer to what it should be rather than the weekly performance it’s been turned into? How much of that performance do you even remember each week? How much do you engage with any of the people you “go to church with” each week?
I challenge everyone reading this to go through Acts and the epistles which follow, and look for every mention of what the church is and does. Then see how your idea of “church” measures up to what Scripture says. It is my ever-growing conviction that we have gotten dangerously off track. We have nullified the Word of God for the sake of our traditions (Matthew 15:6). We are in danger of worshiping God in vain, only following man-made rules (Matthew 15:9). It’s time things changed. Who’s up the challenge?
Fixing our eyes on Jesus is not about looking for Him in the midst of our mess, for He stands apart from it all. No, we must completely turn from everything around us in order to turn to Him. Then we will see Him and only Him and when we do then we will know His peace and the joy of His presence.
God, help me to fix my eyes only on You, turning my back on everything else in my life trusting You to take care of it all. I want You only.
10 Things I’m thankful for from God’s Word because they comfort me in the trials and pain of life.
God, I thank You that:
You are in control of everything and You work all of it out for my good. (Romans 8:28)
You are close to the brokenhearted and You rescue those who are crushed in spirit. (Ps. 34:18)
Even if everyone else should forsake me, You will never leave or abandon me. (Heb. 13:5)
You have seen every tear that I’ve cried and kept and made note of them all. (Ps. 56:8)
One day You will wipe every tear from my eyes and forever take away all my pain. (Rev. 21:4)
The suffering I experience doesn’t compare to what you’re about to reveal in me – the radiance of Your glory. (Romans 8:18)
You never allow me to get too far of course before You whisper in my ear, “This is the way to go.” (Isiah 30:21)
Your unfathomable peace guards my heart and mind when I give my burdens to You. (Phil. 4:7)
You’re the best friend I could ever have because You laid down Your life for me. (John 15:13)
You always have hold of my hand so that though I stumble I cannot ever fall down. (Ps. 37:24)
I’m so glad that God is in control and “declares the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10). No matter what monumentally stupid things I do trying to take matters into my own hands, God saw it coming and already has it worked into His plan. I cannot mess it up! Thank You God!
Love is not always accepted and love is not always returned to us, yet it must always be given. If we only love those who return our love how are we different from the world? Do we only invest in others when we have a reasonable expectation of return? Or do we love and invest in others for their sake and God’s glory, no matter what we see in this life, trusting in God that all we’ve done for Him is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). God, help me to love as You do – always patient, always hoping, and never failing (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). I choose to love no matter what.