“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
What stood out to me…
The more time I spend in God’s Word, and in prayer, the more I am understanding about God’s character. God is solidifying inside me how much I can trust in His goodness, faithfulness, and unyielding love.
The flipside of the coin is, the more time I spend in His Word, the more I realize there are questions I will never be able to answer.
– If God loves everyone so much, why are there people still dying of starvation?
– If God has such a strong heart for children, why are there so many parents waking up today to hear their child has to battle cancer?
-If God loves me so much, why would He not choose to take this situation away from me?
In the midst of tough situations and everything going on in the world, Paul’s challenge in Ephesians 5:20 has me pause:
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
“Father, you couldn’t possibly mean everything.
How could thankfulness be part of the response to the horrible plight of so many people?”
As Paul is penning the letter to the believers in Ephesus, it is important to remember he is likely in prison. Not a modern-day, American prison; He likely was on a dirt floor, with little to no clothing, no climate control and daily beatings from the guards.
Yet he still says always give thanks because of Jesus.
Our six year old Addison was just diagnosed this past week with Celiac Disease. This momma’s heart is sad for all the changes Addison (and our family) will endure. As an adult, I can handle the fact we won’t be getting our favorite Stan’s Donuts every birthday and first day of school. But my kids, they are disheartened at the loss of a tradition.
As the parent, I know we will make new traditions. We will make special breakfasts for all those occasions or find a specialty bakery to do something for us. I am already anticipating my first trip to the specialty shop and the excitement on Addison’s face when she sees all of the treats inside the bakery case.
In the middle of difficult situations, it is important to realize God didn’t give us our disappointment and He is even sad too. We can remember how much He loves us. He wants us to be vulnerable and cast our burdens, sadness, anger upon Him and then thank Him for His faithfulness to not forsake us.
God’s Word is without a single blemish. The Lord doesn’t make mistakes and there isn’t a clause excluding certain parts based on our circumstances.
Because of Jesus, we get to tell Him the truth about how we feel. We get to ask for freedom from the hurt and then rest in the assurance God is anticipating the good things He wants to give us on the other side of the glass.
For Thursday, September 3, read Ephesians 5:21-33