Consider the last 24 hours.
What did you think, say, or write in your own strength? What did your words or tone convey about who you are when you are afraid? What was your demeanor if you were misunderstood, interrupted, or questioned?
How confident were you in your own opinion; in the way that seems so obviously right to you? How can she not see the truth? Can he even be a Christian?
How often did you examine your own heart before examining the heart of another?
In our best moments, we remember God’s mission: That all creation would know him as he really is; that all mankind would trust him with everything that is precious to them, and that the world would enjoy his extravagant love forever.
In our best thoughts, we remember God’s story, read his words, and believe the hundreds of promises that declare: I will not ever let you go.
At our best hour, we remember to cast all our fears on our Heavenly Father; we remember that he cares for his people and his world. We remember that God wants us to bless the nations, as he has blessed us with himself.
“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things!” (Joshua)
Do you trust that our God – who is the same yesterday, today, and forever – is doing astounding things in all the raging confusion of our world? Are you willing to get up and move with Him into the dark water, the unknown territory, the land he has chosen to bless?
Do you trust him with all that makes up your mundane minutes, your anxious days, your precious life?
At our best selves, we remember that God is always doing something wildly unexpected before we know it. He asks is for his people to entrust themselves fully – their futures, families, and all their many fears – to his saving, loving, and tender care.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity! He gave us a spirit of (his) power, and (his) love, and (his) self-discipline.” (Paul, in 2nd Timothy 1)
May you continue to trust in the power of God who is doing amazing, saving, and beautiful things – even now – so that you and all the world will know him as he wants to be known
Grace and Peace,