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Perfect Timing Is in the Waiting
There is a time for everything,
a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NIV
Our culture is one of self-reliance, impatience, and instant gratification. Materialism whispers in our ear to promote, primp, indulge our outer self. What happens when your inner self and your outer existence collide leaving you spinning, no longer feeling you can rely on your own timing because, in hindsight, when you did, things went awry? God provides for this and offers guidance for timing of all things. We just need to be prepared to slow down and wait for His directions. Take a moment and praise God who considers our instant culture and tells us how to live with eternity in mind.
You Never Have to be H.A.L.T.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV
When we are driven by a desire for more, acquisition can become an addiction. If you have God on your side and view Him as the Ultimate Provider, you never have to be victim to these addiction triggers:
- Hungry: God nourishes our bodies and our souls (John 6:35; Exodus 16:14-16)
- Angry: God teaches us how manage intense emotions that may threaten to override the wisdom He graciously provides on a continuous basis. (Ephesians 4:26-27 NLT)
- Lonely: God provides comfort in times of despair and disconnect (Matthew 18:20 NLT)
- Tired: God offers guidance on how to seek and maintain the rest, peace, and refuge from the world only He can offer. (Psalm 5:11-12 NLT).
God is the Provider of all things. He knows what we need well before we do. Prayerfully ask God to provide a time for you to come to Him with quietness of mind and spirit to collaborate on those areas of need in your life. Reflect on Him before clicking Add to Cart.
Looking at Life Through God-lenses
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but from this world. 1 John 2:15-16 NLT
Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, so I will have no fear, what can mere people do to me?” Hebrews 13:5-6 NLT
Merriam-Webster defines materialism as “a way of thinking that gives too much importance to material possessions rather than to spiritual or intellectual things.” When we think and act from an earthly perspective, we get trapped by this perspective and are blind to the mission of Jesus: “The thief comes only in order to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.”(John 10:10 CJB) An earthly perspective contradicts a God-driven perspective, which in turn leads to misery and unnecessary struggle. We can all have a full life when we look at life through God- lenses.
Do you have an Amazon Wish List? Review it with the filter of 1 John 2:15-16 and remind yourself, “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:17 (NLT)
God, the Provider of Correction
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:26-27 ESV
God created us to be like Him, a representation of Him and His characteristics. Unfortunately, due to Adam and Eve’s sin and Satan’s plans, we have become less and less like Him. But God wants His children back as He sees us, as completed whole people, who are solely dependent upon Him and His guidance. For that to happen, He must peel back the layers of our hearts and minds to get them more in line with His Purpose for us. For some, that correction is a little harsh; for others, it is a gentle correction. God knows what we need to be more like Him, which is ultimately for our good. Pray a prayer of openness to the process.
A Prayer for Refuge and Guidance
I kneel before You Lord, empty, broken, tired, weary, confused. In the past, this would've scared me, made me angry, made me feel anxious and out of control. Now, I welcome the emptiness as a blessing; it is an indication that one more layer of surrender and acceptance is happening. It is a sign that healing is setting in, that my life is no longer my own, that I can hand over the reins to You and rest. I can trust that You will guide my steps and not be afraid.
I turn to You and Your Word as the Ultimate Compass to guide my thoughts, my heart, and my actions. There will be times when my earthly self will fight and wrestle with You but my spiritual self will be in full praise and worship.
I am tired, God. Please take over so I can rest.
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches, in hardships, in persecutions, and in distresses for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 MEV
If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest. Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. Matthew 11:28-30 CEV
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