Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:3
Most of us would agree that God should be first in our lives. Many of us believe God is first in our lives but allow the situations of our past, circumstances of this day, the “unknowns” of the future or the people in our lives to take the driver’s seat in our journey. A few of us understand that if God is first in our lives all situations, circumstances and people are not ours to control – they are God’s to control. We are His workers, each assigned different tasks to bring Glory to God.
Past and present events that have caused brokenness in our lives and are unresolved in our souls many times become barriers to our ability to focus on God. We may be steeped in bitterness or jealousy or anger. The events or circumstances continually resurface in our minds. They become our focus in times of quietness or are triggered by new and similar situations. They steal our joy.
We sometimes keep going around and around the mountain as if on a train that never changes tracks but circles the same scenery day after day. We can feed on the drama letting it weave its ugliness into us day after day. We seem to be unable to move forward, to forgive, to give the bitterness to God to handle – unable to search for the way to set the anger aside.
Likewise, the possibilities of disaster in the future can be overwhelming. We can become obsessed with planning for a future that we do not realize is in God’s control. We waste time, effort and resources planning for something that we think we want or need. We get caught up in what is going to happen to the point that we miss the miracles of today – the song in our heart that once sang for Jesus is but a faint memory.
In all these scenarios, we forget that we can stop, turn and refocus on Jesus –
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The Grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. AMEN.
Challenge of the Week – Identify one thing that is separating you from God – pray to forgive, if forgiveness is needed; pray for mercy if mercy is needed; pray for grace, if grace is needed; pray for healing if healing is needed and Pray for your eye’s to see the situation through Jesus’ eyes; for your ears to hear what the Holy Spirit is communicating to you about the situation and for your heart to be filled with the love, peace and joy that comes from seeking God’s Glory.