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A Challenge

You know it’s so easy to look at the bad things that are happening in our lives. It’s very easy to focus on those awful things. It is easy to complain about what we don’t have, what we need, what we could use, or if we could just… It’s so easy to look at the things that are going so wrong, how the bills are due, how the kids are misbehaving, what our husbands are not doing, the sickness that we have, the job that’s not paying enough. It’s easy to focus on how things are really looking bad right now. It’s easy to see the negative and focus on those negative things.

But today, I have a challenge for you and I’m challenging myself as well. Yes, there may be things not going so well in our lives. Right now, things might be looking pretty bad. Our lives may look like a tornado has blown threw our city and we need to assess the damages. Maybe the wind is still blowing and the rain is still pouring down hard. But today, can you try not to look at the chaos that’s going on around you? Let’s not survey the damages. Don’t look at how horrible things have gotten. Let’s not focus on the destruction, the confusion, or the craziness. Yes, let’s focus on something much better. Let’s turn our eyes and attention to someone else.

Today, my sister, I’m challenging you to focus on the One who is still in the “working it out” business. I’m challenging myself to keep my mind on the One who knows what to do and what’s best for me. Today, I’m challenging us to keep our attention on the One who has it all under control. God can and God will take care of everything. He has everything in place just the way He wants it. The things that are going wrong in our lives are no accidents; they are no mishaps or mistakes. These things are not by chance. No, God foreknew they would happen. That’s why He’s sovereign. That’s why He’s God.

Therefore, today, let us bring everything to the Lord. All of our worries, all of our confusion, all of our disappointments, all of our health issues, everything. Let us bring all of our issues to the One who can handle it all. If we bring all our burdens and petitions to Him, (and leave them there!) He promises to refresh us and give us peace (Matt. 11:28; Phil. 4:6-7).

A Prayer: Father, we thank You for being a God who can and who will take care of everything. Father, forgive us for not bringing all our cares to You. Lord, You said You would bear our burdens, You would lift our heavy load, but You want us to bring all of them to You. So, Father we bring them to You and we leave them there. Father, give us faith to trust and believe that You will work everything out for our good. Father, help us to focus on You and only You because You are all we need. Lord, we love You and we thank You. In Jesus name, we pray, amen.

It’s Wednesday, Hump Day! Here’s our biblical principle to help us get over this hump.

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves;

from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death.”

(Psalm 68:19-20, NIV)


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