Have you ever faced one thing after another and wondered, “What is going on here?” I have many times! Seems like I’d recognize a battle by now, right? But it seems to come out of nowhere, when you least expect it-BAM! Like an unseen enemy, gloating in the element of surprise.
I was reading this morning from the Message bible in Philippians 4 what Paul said to do;
4-5 Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
I soon realized that the key to success in the Kingdom of God is to focus on Him, all day, every day. Keeping Him larger seems to obstruct the view of the chaos around you. Ever run into one of THOSE Christians? You know, the ones who seem impervious to their obvious situation. All they seem to do is worship, praise God, spend all their time encouraging others when its clear they’re the ones who need it most.
It’s not that they don’t know what’s going on, they’ve just chosen what they want to focus on; God. Like the song Ray Overholt wrote years ago, “God is God and God will never change. I know God, God is God, and He always will be God.”
Father, I will keep that in my heart today in the midst of the mess around me, You are indeed God. You are perfect in all of Your ways; Your word is proven and true; You are a shield to those who run to You, rely on You and trust in You. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.