I confess that sometimes I feel like I’m playing a game of “divine hide and seek” and it’s up to me to find God. So I search scripture. Pray. Read the latest best-selling spiritual book. Or go on a mission trip. Looking in these ways is important. Indeed, it’s an essential expression of my hunger for God. But sometimes I get so focused on my looking that I forget something essential about God – God’s already found you and me. And that, quite simply, is a life changer to be celebrated and lived!
Sometimes something so horrible occurs you wonder why God would let it happen. So you call out to God to fix it. But when that doesn’t happen the way you think it should, you are forced to confront it. That’s when you need to remember it’s never just you and the pain. It’s you dealing with the pain through the greater reality of God’s love. Love that surrounds you especially when you are most vulnerable and angry. Love that brings healing, hope and even joy. And love that is your beginning, ending and everything in-between.
You see – and sometimes experience – so much suffering it’s easy to start assuming the worst is always going to happen. That’s why God wants you to start with God’s joy. God’s joy does not simply mask cynicism, negativity and worst assumptions. Rather, it literally re-forms you so you become compassionate instead of overwhelmed by suffering, hopeful instead of depressed by pain and purposeful instead of stymied by difficult questions. So go ahead and take that step to tap into God’s joy and experience a power that will change your life – starting right now!
I’m so caught up with me that I don’t begin with ‘Thee’. I’m not proud of this. In fact, I despise it.
Yet Lord, You don’t start with my me-infatuation. You begin with Your amazing grace. Grace that takes the initiative. Grace that reaches out. Grace that embraces. Grace that forgives, heals and transforms.
So Lord, I praise You. I adore You. I worship You. And I give You my heart, mind and spirit. Today, every day and for all eternity. For it is the least I can do.
I pray this in the strong name of Jesus.
Some days you’re annoyed, irritable and grumpy. You know it, and so does everyone else. Most of the time, you will eventually realize what’s going on and that you’re not doing a very good job of loving God, others or yourself. That’s when you need to claim some God time, so that God can help you deal with it. So don’t let the fact that you’re out of sorts control your life today. Instead claim some God time, so that God can replace annoyed, irritable and grumpy with grace upon grace.
It may seem like today is just another day. That’s why there’s something you need to know. Today is God’s day. This means you can experience God with you all day long filling you with unconditional love, helping you grow, walking with you through difficult moments, transforming you from the inside-out, challenging you to do far more than you ever thought possible and helping you discover your God-given purpose. So don’t settle today being just another day. Make sure you make it God’s day all day long.