“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)
How often do we take circumstances and try to figure out the meaning. We look at our business or things that happen and can’t make sense of them.
An infinite God has a different perspective. How do we ever expect to understand him? We won’t. His ways are not our ways, his thoughts not our thoughts. Sometimes we need to understand that we won’t understand and just……trust.
Often just as we think we have God in a box, and understand Him, things change and the mystery continues. It is just a part of our walk with God. Why don’t we just let God be God, we don’t always have to understand.
Quick Prayer. “I will trust you.” Amen
“To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it.” (Deuteronomy 10:14)
Everything; now there is an all encompassing and all containing word. No exceptions, no exclusions, no special case, nothing left out. It all belongs to God, whether we agree or not, accept or not, believe or not.
If it is in heaven it is His and if it is on earth it is His. All we have and all we think we own, is His. If this is true, then we are merely stewards of what belongs to God.
If we really thought about that and understood this fact in all its ramifications, would our lives be different? I think we would be more generous, less frivolous and more thankful. To begin with perhaps we should acknowledge that He owns it all, and then maybe He will respond by giving us a greater revelation of how we should steward that which is His.
Quick Prayer. “It is all yours Lord.” Amen
“Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
Here is a bombshell, it is not about you. We spend a lot of time with a self centered view. Take a moment to look to others and see their needs.
Interestingly we are commanded to esteem, look upon and be concerned about ourselves, and others. This is not a denigration of self but an additional focus on others. So whilst we are not to undermine ourselves we do need to raise our awareness of those around us.
As you go about your business today, look around, God may have someone for you to minister to today. In fact I could guarantee it. Often He is just looking for a willing accomplice.
Quick Prayer. “Help me be aware of others needs today Lord.” Amen
“In the beginning God created….” (Genesis 1:1)
How gracious it was of our Creator to model work in His very first act on our behalf. In the beginning He…created, an act of work, followed by rest. Is work important to God? Oh yes, it is so important that he acted it out in the very beginning of creation.
Why would He do that unless He wanted to point something out? He values work. Often we work for a wage, a profit, and see it as just a way to provide. God clearly has a different perspective. Will we allow Him to shift our worldview?
He took the time to carefully lay out the creative process as a working week. He values our work as a Godly attribute. If it is important to Heavenly Father, it should be important to us.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you value what I do for work.” Amen
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:18)
If work is from God, why is it so hard sometimes? When God begins to transform us, He doesn’t sprinkle dust from heaven; He applies pressure and heat. Like a diamond needs pressure to be created and just as gold is refined in fire, so too do we need adversity to grow godly character.
We have two options when the heat gets turned up: resist and achieve nothing or surrender to God, press into Him, and choose to react in His ways. The dross rises quickly to the surface, and we need to let Jesus heal us and transform us into His own image.
This is not a pleasant process, yet it will transform us to be available for His purposes and plan. We need to cooperate with His plan and not resist the change process. Who are we as clay to tell the Potter He is not making us correctly?
Quick Prayer: Transform me into Your image. Amen.
“Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.” (Ecc 5:10)
If only I can have this or that, then I will be satisfied. Have you noticed that the latest and greatest tool or toy from a few years back now no longer has the same appeal?
Consumerism is built on waves of dissatisfaction. We always need to replace the last favorite thing with the next new latest and greatest toy. The same is true for wealth and money in general.
Check out some really wealthy people. Do they look happy to you? If wealth truly made people happy, the more they have, the happier they would be. This is patently not true, so let’s keep our eyes focused on what truly satisfies.
Quick Prayer: Help me to have what truly satisfies as a priority, Lord. Amen.
“To this John replied, ‘A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.’” (Joh 3:27)
All we have and all we are comes from the hand of the Father. All we achieve and receive comes from heaven. No one can boast and say that they have achieved this and that, for without God we would have nothing.
A gift can only be of value to a person who is willing to receive it. What is the position of our heart when it comes to receiving His gifts at work? If we assume that we are to operate in our own strength at work and that God is not really interested, there is a consequence. There will be gifts He has to give us that we do not receive because our hearts and prayers are not positioned to receive.
Quick Prayer: All I have is from Your hand. Amen.
“I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work.” (Neh 2:18)
The hand of God is gracious. That is a beautiful picture of how He influences us with His grace—a loving heavenly Father reaching down and gracefully touching and moving our hearts, spirits, and minds.
When the hand of grace is on you, the hearts of kings can be moved on your behalf. The favor of the people around you can materialize. The purpose of His grace, the moving of hearts, and the favor of the people was to complete a good work.
God always has a purpose when He intervenes in our affairs. He is an active participant in our lives and has good works for us to do that are prepared before the beginning of time.
Quick Prayer: Thank You for Your gracious hand. Amen.