This devotional is going to be a bit shorter than usual, so if you like that, this is for you!
So, lately I’ve been thinking a bit about rules. The restrictions we have, the things we aren’t allowed to do, the things we wonder if we’ll ever be able to do normally ever again. Now, if you know me at all, I am a challenger and I don’t like rules. I find it super hard to follow them when they a.) seem pointless to me or make things less efficient, and/or b.) get in the way of my fun plans.
This is something I’ve had to work on a lot. After receiving God’s heart and understanding why these restrictions have been placed in our lives by God – certain ‘rules’ begin to make sense. However, when it comes to the government and the restrictions that we have now; it’s brought up a longing in me and a frustration that sometimes is difficult to tame. Even though the Bible says to respect authority and honour them, I find myself complaining or feeling down. Hope sometimes feels like it’s slipping away because none of us can really see an ‘end’ to all this change.
Being in a place like that isn’t great even when good things are happening. A feeling of hopelessness or disappointment can rob me of receiving the gift (the good thing that is happening in that present moment), when I start thinking about all the things that can’t happen yet. Yet when Jesus showed me that perspective, it opened my eyes a lot to where my heart was at. I realized I was focusing so much on what I couldn’t do, instead of being grateful for things that are good in this time, what God is doing, and looking at things I am able to do. Worrying about things that we can’t change is an endless cycle of disappointment. Sometimes we feel like worrying or complaining about it constantly will do something to change it, which sounds funny when you say it how it is, but that’s partly why we complain so much! The root of our complaints is usually hurt and feeling of being out of control. So in the midst of my disappointed heart, Jesus speaks through devotionals, sermons, and videos I watch during the day. I realized I wanted to actually change my perspective. I had to accept that although things are the way they are right now, there will be good times again; and sometimes there will be hard times too but that’s actually okay! Although I don’t always know the purpose of all the rules that we have I can look at Jesus and ask Him to give me His perspective. If the enemy meant all this for evil, God uses it for good (Genesis 50:20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good…). That’s the perspective Jesus wants me to have and that’s the kind of God we serve!
Love y’all! Have a good week everybody!
- Ask God to show you if there is an area in your life that you find yourself complaining or worrying about? Write it down.
- Pray and surrender that area of your life to God, trust that He is good and His plans for you are good.
- Ask God to change your perspective to see this situation the way He sees it. Be still and see if He wants to show you that perspective right now, write down anything he shows you.
- Thank God for His presence and that He can use any situation for good!
Scripture: Genesis 50:20