Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
God is not idle…
PEACE be unto you!
I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying, “A bird in the hand is with two in the bush.” I have as a background on my desktop the attached picture. Of the hundreds of pictures I’ve taken on our trips to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park that is one of my favorites. Yesterday when I turned my computer on this picture is the first thing I seen. As waited for the startup programs to start up I felt the Holy Spirit impressing on me a Word from God.
“Stay focused on what is closest instead of what is blurred by future conditions.” As I think about staying focused on what is closest I find myself in a quandary because I know the importance of planning for the future. Patti and I along with Bonnie and Jon Teeple are making plans for a trip to the spot where I took the picture on the Foothills Parkway. Does God tell us to stop making future plans? Does that mean people making financial plans for their future need to stop and depend totally on God? After all Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matthew 6:34, NLT)
When I think about my tomorrows I am haunted by the activities I was able to do years ago. For example a number of years ago on our trip to the GSMNP we made the climb up Clingmans Dome and I want to make it again this August but I am haunted by the fact I will be unable to make it. I want the same for my future I had in my past, and we all know that will never be.
There are times when we can become so obsessed with the future we miss the present. I believe the message God is trying to get through my thick skull is simple. Let the past stay where it is at, learn from it but don’t expect to carry it into the future. We can go ahead and make your plans but we must leave the outcome up to God. By preoccupying myself with what I am unable to do later I will become discouraged (which I do get) and begin our vacation on a negative note. I believe God wants each of us to experience him in our minute-by-minute daily living. Because God is omnipresent, he already has plans for us in place for our tomorrows and He is hard at work preparing us for them now, today, this very hour.
God is not idle. We have a God who works, and works, and tirelessly works every second of our everyday.
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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