Psalm 2:1 asks the question, “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain against the Lord?” It’s because within the cunning imagination of man is that prideful idea that we can control our own destiny…but this all just vanity. For God’s Will prevails over all… and He will carry out His plan and purpose for His glory. We may think we know the answers…but only God can see from beginning to end and around every corner of life.
You are the work of God’s hands…lovingly created with unique abilities, gifts, talents, and passions. When God made you, He had the eye of an artist and the soul of a poet as He formed you…for you are truly a work of art to behold. There is no one like you, for you are God’s workmanship…created to be like Him in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24)…and eager to do what is good. (Titus 2:14)
Everyday we have to make the decision to either accept the world’s view or to trust God with His vision. We can either be driven by fear, gloom and doom in a world of pessimism and distrust, or we can stand on God’s Word with hope and confidence, knowing He’s still in control. It all boils down to asking yourself one question, “Whose report do you believe today?” Is your faith and trust in the world or the Creator of it?
How many times have I put God in a little box…expecting Him to behave in a certain manner, showing up and fulfilling His duties, only to see Him move in a completely unexpected and surprising way. That’s when all my welled planned out intentions are blown out of the water and I have to admit again…He is God and I am not. God’s Will isn’t up to me, nor do I have any control over it. It’s God that chooses when, where and how to move…not me. My job is only to be flexible and submissive when He throws me a curve ball.
We seldom do something for others totally out of unselfish motives…for usually we have some hidden agenda, whether good or bad. We’ll do some kind gesture, with the inner thought of, “what’s in this for me?” Or we’ll go out of our way for someone, hoping others will see our sacrifice and praise us for all our hard work. The Lord knows our thoughts and examines our hearts and will immediately show us when our motivation is wrong. For God can bear witness to what lies within all humans…every self-seeking, egocentric, greedy fiber and part.
No matter what, the Lord is there for you. His presence doesn’t hinge on how good you try to be or how many times you read His Word and pray…No, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do… God’s always there. Maybe you’ve been abandoned or deserted by someone in the past, so now you feel you can’t trust God. But it’s different with the Lord, for His covenant with you is unbreakable, unchangeable, unshakeable. Realize today…God will never leave or forsake you.
I really hate getting up in the middle of the night and stumbling around in the dark. It can be scary and potentially dangerous. But if I simply first turn on a lamp, it changes everything. My fear of falling or tripping over some unseen thing goes away…for now I can see clearly my path. God’s light…His truth, is like a floodlight to our life’s path…illuminating all the precarious obstacles in front of us, so that we may walk in safety.
Romans 2:4 says that He is the “God of peace.” Do you need peace in your life today? Have the worries, anxieties, and troubles of the world crowded into your mind and caused unrest and turmoil? Why deny yourself of God’s kindness and mercy…why deny yourself of His peace?
When God calls you to something, His plan and purpose for you has been already laid out. That good purpose and plan then shapes and effects you from the inside out…allowing you to think and act differently – having right desires and good intentions.
Walking on uneven and bumpy ground can be very challenging…and even dangerous. At anytime our feet can slip and we can fall. But if we stand on solid, level ground, we can walk with confidence, even if the path is shrouded in shadows. Our journey through life is like that…it can be either be smooth or rough…life or death, depending on the path we choose.