The sun has come up (like it “always does”). Your alarm has gone off. That can only mean one thing: the start of another day (“as usual”).
Have you even paused long enough to realize that “this” new day is a gift. It didn’t have to come, God gave it to you (“like He always does”). And your eyes opened and you took that next breath in (“like you always do”), because God wanted you to open your eyes and take that next breath…those too are gifts. The only reason they seem to “come automatically” is because God, the Giver and Sustainer of all life, has done just that, “again”…gifted & sustained your life.
God first purposed then created you…you are exactly where He wants you to be (location, job, family, century, current situation…), none of it is accidental. So, what is it that you’re facing today, right now? Something have you concerned? God tells us, not to worry at all about our circumstances. But to SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and “all these things” (these things that we have concerned ourselves with this morning) will be given to us as well. He says that while we know how to give good gifts to our children, how much more (as our Father who loves perfectly, extravagantly and has endless resources since all things belong to Him) will He supply His children with good gifts.
What seems too big for you to shoulder? A better question, why are YOU shouldering it? God tells us to cast all our cares on Him because He cares for us.
When God was giving the town of Jericho into the hands of His people, their “job” was to hear God’s instruction and obey, however odd. So, they marched around the fortified city walls blowing horns. When God was fighting a battle for His people, Moses was to hear God’s instructions and as long as he obeyed and kept His hands raised, GIVING GENUINE, VISIBLE GLORY TO GOD, the battle was won. When God was going to free His people from the hands of the Midianites it was going to be by Gideon hearing God and obediently allowing Him to dwindle his army from 32,000 to 300, so that God could effectively fight & win the battle.
Time and again God takes the time to tell us, to show us through the many varied situations and circumstances found throughout Scripture, that He is our power, He is our strength. All these true life stories are continual reminders that we live this day, “not by OUR power, nor by OUR might, but by My (God’s) Spirit says the LORD.”
So, today, right now, our feet have already hit the ground running (“like always”)…Who are we depending on? Praying our trust is in the One who holds all power, all strength and all victory.
And what are you hearing God say? Has He burdened your heart for the poor, the widowed, those in captivity, those without clean water to drink, without sufficient food, who have yet to know Him? However “odd” it may sound, He’s asking you to hear and obey so that He can bring victory (“not by power, nor by might, but by My Spirit says the LORD.”) Are you willing (no matter how ridiculous it may appear) to do “it” (that thing you’re hearing Him whisper in you ear) His way?
Here’s to living like D.O.G.s :)