(Isaiah 46: 3-4) 3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob, all you who remain in Israel. I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. 4 I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
I occasionally catch myself in an ungrateful mindset. I don’t mean to be that way, but I think sometimes my flesh just pushes me into wanting things to be a certain way, so I get unsettled and I see only the negative aspects of my surroundings. It is easy to become engrossed in our everyday lives, and likewise distracted by feelings of displeasure and the desire to have it all just so. We busy ourselves with DIY projects and endless shopping excursions to find all of the perfect stuff to arrange in our homes, workspaces, and even our churches…just because we want things to be perfect. We put thousands of dollars into education, savings…planning for a future we aren’t promised. Hey, there’s nothing wrong with planning and bettering ourselves and our lives, but like they say, “all things in moderation.” It can become a distraction…taking time, money, and effort away from what we should be doing. Do our plans come from a Christ-centered place in our hearts, or from a place of worldliness?
(James 1: 22-25) 22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.
All of which to say, now is not the time to get caught up in the mundane worries of life. So your house is not what you picture in your head. So you are not at the weight and/or size you’d like. So you’d like to have an updated car. So you haven’t achieved the goals you had set to reach by now. That kind of stuff…it’s just not as important as we’ve come to believe that it is. Instead of focusing on what you wish for, what you don’t have…why not begin each day with a thank you for what you do have? Are your basic human needs provided for? Do you have friends and family who love you? I am betting on yes to both. You’re way more blessed than you realize. And why are we blessed? So we can live, work, retire, and die? Not a chance. We are blessed to be a blessing to others. We receive so that we can turn around and sow seed…grow something beautiful…all the while magnifying God to the world.
If you have chosen to remain with God…faithful to Him in all ways…then He will never let you fall from His arms. That’s a promise. Whether or not you get what you want out of life, that’s just not a given. You’ll definitely get what you give…what you work for…and, as promised, you will be carried, cared for, and loved. Hebrews 13:5 says, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to begin each day more grateful to you than I have been before. I refuse to allow the enemy to have that kind of leverage over me. Whatever I have, whatever I do, I give and do it all unto You. Amen.