Have you ever felt like the Israelites wandering in the desert? You know what you are supposed to do and where you are supposed to go, but you can’t figure out how to make it work. Once we realize we can’t do it on our own, and let God do the work He wants to do in our lives, then the wandering stops miraculously and with all glory to God!
There have been some changes in our house this summer, and I knew what God was telling me, but it wasn’t working…so I did my “human back up plan” and wandered around the desert. Thankfully, and by God’s grace, I didn’t choose one of the back up plan options, and He didn’t let me wander too long before revealing the plan He told me from the start.
I am currently reading a book called “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson. It is an amazing read. It teaches us to be confident in our prayers and the answers we are hearing. Do not get me wrong, it does not teach us, and we certainly should not, use God to get what we want. If we are following Christ, studying His Word and in alignment with Him, He will put His desires in our hearts. Then we can rest assured knowing that our prayers are what He wants and we are simply praying for His will to be done. “Thy will be done,’ in every situation, good or bad, hard or easy, God’s will is always the best way.
Yes, it is easier said than done, and no, most of us are not perfect at it. But thankfully God is! He is our Rock, our Savior, our unchanging and perfect God! Praise to Him!
The world is a mess. I don’t know of many people who deny that. Morals have become distorted, God is forbidden in some places (apparently by those who think He can be told what to do), and people are more selfish than they have ever been it seems. In the midst of the craziness our job is to TRUST HIM.
We trust Him in our lives, with our marriages, with our children, with our homes and our jobs. We need to TRUST HIM. That does not mean that our lives will go exactly as we want them to go. He has warned us in His Word that we will have trouble in our lives. It does mean that when everything falls apart we still trust that He is good all the time.
When families crumble, when people leave, when children die, when loved ones do not turn to Him, when commitments are broken, when our hearts our broken, we still hold onto His promises that …
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
In this world that is a crazy mess, He has already overcome. Our job is to trust Him, to let His light shine and to take as many people as we can to Heaven with us…where the pain will stop…where we will be forever if we know Him and follow His ways.
This is a prayer priority of mine, so when this devotional came in my inbox I had to share.
This from Bible Gateway NIV Devotions for Moms
Someone once remarked, “The closer we get to someone, the more our impression will depend upon who they are rather than what they do.” Counterfeits don’t fool many, especially family members. If we want our families to adopt the spiritual principles we believe in, we’ll have to model them with sincerity. Living this kind of life out before our husbands and children and the world means showing them the “real thing” and not just some semblance.
When Joel writes about rending our hearts and not our garments, this is what he means. Anyone can look like they belong to God on the outside, tearing their outer garments in grief about their sinful state the way an Old Testament priest might. But those with genuine faith rend their hearts. They open their hearts to God and to others for inspection.
We can’t fake it with our kids. We won’t be able to fool our husbands. The longer they live with us, the more their impression will be of who we truly are, not just what we do.
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
1 John 3:21-22
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.”
Their hearts are like an oven;
they approach him with intrigue.
Their passion smolders all night;
in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.