Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Hope comes alive…
A couple of days ago while thinking about where my life is going I uncovered a very important fact about having hope and keeping it alive. It’s something I’ve probably known for a long time but was overlooking it until now. The apostle Paul writing not only to Timothy but you and I as well about the source of hope wrote, “We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That’s why we work and struggle so hard.” (1 Timothy 4:10, CEV)
While God was, is, and always will be our source of hope we need to focus our hope, our dreams, and our lives not on what God will do but on what God CAN do. On the surface it may appear as if I am only making a play on words, after all God will do whatever God wants to do because God has His own plan in place and sometimes it doesn’t include our own plans. What I uncovered was when I think and focus on what God will do I am no longer thinking and focusing on God but on what I am looking for Him to do. Basically I am saying, “God, I know You have Your own plan for my life but I’d rather go with my plan.” It’s kinda like Frank Sinatra’s hit song, “I did it my way.”
We talk so much about the freedom we have and enjoy but it seems as though there are times when we stifle God’s freedom to bless us by focusing on what we think is best for us rather that what is right for us. Wasn’t Jesus giving God the freedom to put His own plan into action when he prayed, “Father, if you will, please don’t make me suffer by having me drink from this cup. But do what you want, and not what I want.” (Luke 22:42, CEV)
It takes a great deal of courage to place complete trust in God whom we can’t really see because we’ll never be more vulnerable than we are at that point in our lives. And the truth is there’s nothing we can say to each other that will take away all of the uneasiness, all we can do is to encourage each other and depend on the Holy Spirit to take our hand and walk with us as we live out God’s plan for our lives and the lives of our loved ones not our own.
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” (Isaiah 43:19)
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