“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.”
While in a difficult situation recently, someone asked me how I could be so cheerful. The answer is a Scripture-based phrase that I often use to give myself perspective: “God is moving history to a conclusion and is taking us with Him!” Whatever the present event, it is part of God’s work to finish history and move us into eternity. He is in control; I can trust Him.
This perspective is found throughout Scripture. Colossians 3:2-4 expresses it well: “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Have the wider, God-focused perspective.
“For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Leave behind the culturally-based, performance-oriented, comfort-focused value system and rest in the security we have in Christ
“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” He will appear, and He will bring us with Him—focus on the long-term truth!
This understanding gives a wide and long view of what’s happening. This view can change our goal from being comfortable and safe, to joining God in what He’s doing.
If, from a human perspective, my whole life collapses around me (illness, accident, loss, poverty, persecution, injustice, war), I can look at it within the bigger picture of God’s glory, greatness and grace, knowing that He is doing something significant through it; therefore I can praise and trust Him in it. My favorite verse sums it up: “My soul finds rest in God alone” (Ps. 62:1).
This is a huge shift from “normal” human thinking. We cooperate with God in making this shift by internalizing Scripture, and then putting it into practice in every day little events. Disappointments, delays, little hurts, small losses all are opportunities to offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving (Ps. 50:23) and honor God.
In giving thanks, we affirm that God is good, God is in control, God is at work using this irritation to expose my sin, to transform me, to give me opportunity to be a light to those around me, to give Him glory before the unseen hosts. Truly, knowing Jesus is enough for joy, period! Let’s join Him today in living in this truth!
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, you are enough. Help me to walk with you through this day in your power, giving you glory in each decision, trusting you rather than myself. Praise be to you for what you will do in me today. Amen.”
Taken from the devotional book, EDIFIED!