Lord, may not only our eyes, but our hearts be opened to see Your glory for who You are! “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,” Isaiah 46:9
When my computer shuts down unexpectedly while I’m online, when I sign back on, in the corner of my screen there appears a button that says “restore.” This button is designed to take you back to the tabs and sites you were visiting or working on before the crash or shut down occurred. It is there to bring you back to the place where you once were.
Have you ever experienced a shut down moment in life? A time when is seems that the walls came crashing in and you lost sight of where you were? Has there ever been a time when you just need a refreshing? You needed to step back, evaluate everything presently before you, and start again? I’m pretty sure we can all raise our hand to attest to being in similar situations at one time or another. A time when you just felt depleted and needed to be restored.
Restoration is right up God’s alley. Everything in the Bible points mankind to His holy desire to see people restored. God cares about us. Not only the spiritual us, but He cares about all of us. Every tidbit in life, He is well aware of. Many people only look to God in the big and dramatic areas of life, but God is concerned about your well-being in the whole of your life.
John once wrote, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth,” (3 John 2). I believe that John wanted us to walk out the restored life in our daily living. Not just claiming it for our salvation (which, needless to say, is very important), but to have it as an active mindset that goes before us and prospers us in every part of our daily living.
Slumps are all around us, but we are not called to be slump dwellers. We have a choice how to handle the strains and afflictions we face in this life. Peter gives us this advice:
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” (1 Peter 5:6-10)
In these few verses, Peter doesn’t hide the adversities one faces, but he highlights what to do with them. First, he states to humble yourself before God and let Him exalt you (vs. 6). When God is the one exalting you, you are restored! Next, in verse 7, he tells his readers what to do with all those cares that are weighing you down, all those things that are making you feel like you are in a shut down mode. He says to get rid of them. And, we are not to dispose of them any kind of way. We are to give these burdens to God because He is the One who truly cares for you. Once again, if God is caring for you and helping you to deal with your burdens, you are in a restored position.
There are things that can try to hinder and rob you of the restored life. Following the above two verses, we see some of the afflictions and dealing with the enemy that people face and how we are to be on guard against the advances of it and be steadfast in our faith through it all. We have a responsibility to protect our restored status while pushing forth in the faith.
And lastly, in verse 10, Peter lets us know that though there may be suffering at times, it will never compare to the glory that we inherit by our Lord Jesus Christ. It is He that will see us through. It is He that will make us perfect. It is He that will “stablish, strengthen, settle you.” It is through Him you can be restored!
In our everyday life, as well as in the time to come after we pass from here, in Christ, we live a restored life. Once in a while we may feel that we have been knocked off our rocker, but remember who you are and whose you are. In Him, we don’t have to stay in that “knocked off” state. Follow Peter’s advice and give what you are dealing with to God and ask Him to hit the restore button in your life.
God wants you to be blessed in Him. He wants you, more than anyone else, to live a successful Christian life. Let Him in your world, your circumstances, and your situations and lean on Him for complete restoration and healing. He will pick you up, polish you off, and make you like new again.
Here’s a thought for today: “NEVER GIVE UP!”
Many of us had beautiful dreams as a child. Dreams of how life would be and the things we would do. Some of those dreams were childish because we were children. But, some of those dreams were real aspirations to do something great in this life and to push past what’s before you right now.
I am here to tell you today, don’t let go of those dreams. They are still in you and they are still waiting to see their realization come to pass. Life may get hard sometimes in the race before us, but keep pushing on. Believe God has your best in mind always, and NEVER GIVE UP!
God bless you!
Father God, Sometimes in this life we just don’t understand everything that’s going on around us. We have ups and we have downs, but through it all, You remain the same. Thank You for being our source this day and every day. Thank You for holding our hand through the turbulent tides we face. Thank You that You have continually kept Your promise to never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Thank You for bringing us through.
Father God, our hearts are opened before You. Nothing is hid from You. We take great comfort in that because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that You know us better than we know ourselves. You are our Lord. You are our King. You are sovereign in all Your majesty and power. You are our leaning force, our shelter to run and hide in the time of the storm. You are He who loves us beyond measure in spite of our faults and shortcomings.
Father God, we love You so much. You are the One who deserves all the glory and honor. Without You we are nothing and apart from You we can do nothing. Our life is in Your blessed and mighty hands. We are praying for Your help throughout this day. Help with life, help with the decisions and choices that we make, help in every situation and circumstance we may face.
Father God, we are asking You to bless our homes, bless our families, and please remember the unsaved members of our families. We are praying for hearts to be opened to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. We are praying for hearts and minds to be sensitive to Your holy call. Thank You for the grace and mercy that You have bestowed upon each one of us this day and every day. Thank You for another day that You have kept us.
Father God, it’s to You we pray and it’s in Your hands we commit every one of these prayers. You are our trust and our stay. You are our comfort through this day. You are our peace even when we don’t know what to do. You are where we lay each burden down and know and believe that You are just, faithful, and true. You are the God of all righteousness, and to You be the glory forever and ever. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, we pray, AMEN!
Do you ever feel like life is a series of “Duck, Duck, Goose” games? There you sit in your circle, surrounded by other people. Then, the opportunity comes. The one who can tag you as the next one that can rise from the circle begins to make their turn around the circle. They look at each one sitting and try to take in the possibility of who gets to be the privileged one; who gets to be “goose.”
All eyes and ears are opened to that one. They watch. They listen. They wait in anticipation to see if the chance and opportunity to rise and run falls on them. As the game proceeds, the favor of that one doesn’t fall on you and you are left to sit in the circle once more.
Times of sitting and waiting are rarely fun unless you see the possible potential that can flow from that down time. Often, many people, in many circles, of life are overlooked and passed by without a second glance. And, while it seems the favor of man has continually ignored and/or snubbed you, in your down time there is One who sees.
It’s so easy in life to get caught up and focused on the human to human point of contact and favor. While a better use of our time, down or not, should be focused on our human to God contact, and the potential of growing more in Him.
While David was a young man in his circle, he was overlooked not only by his brothers, but his father too. When the prophet Samuel came to pay a call to anoint the next one to rise out of the circle, the next one to be king, David wasn’t even thought of when all the sons of the house lined up according to the potential that human eyes could see.
But, in his down time, there was oodles of potential growing and producing a God-fearing, dedicated life beyond the eyes of what man can see. In my opinion, it is possible that even David himself didn’t see everything in him like God saw it, for he didn’t force himself to be seen by others and noticed. It was not until Samuel exhausted all possibilities before him did he bother to ask was there another option. Was there someone else who should be considered for this great honor?
He heard the whisper of God speak, “Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart,” (1 Samuel 16:7), and as all the possibilities passed before him, he found out the Lord didn’t choose any one of them, even when man thought and believed they were the logical choice.
No, but in his overlooked season, a heart was developing in David that caught God’s attention when others neglected see the power of potential growing in him. A heart that loved God from the inside out. A heart that was sensitive to the leading and moving of God. A heart that had faith in God that would allow him to stand before a literal giant and make him fall. A heart in David was growing and maturing for God alone. This is what piqued God’s interest in him. Not the outward stuff that others could see and overlook him for. But God was excited and drawn to those things on the inside that only He could see.
Height. Stature. Good looks. Outward talent and so forth will all fade and deteriorate over time. But a heart that is truly after God will last and endure.
What we need to remember and take away from this story is that God sees it all. Although it is not right, many will continue to judge by only what they see on the exterior of all you have to offer. But God sees all the possibilities within. And, although many may overlook you, God has not.
Don’t sit in your circle idly waiting for others approval. Rather, wait on God, and live for Him. Once again, David didn’t seek their attention. He was outside with the sheep doing the work he was assigned to do at that time (1 Samuel 16:11) when he was called to be anointed the next king of Israel (1 Samuel 16:12-13).
Wherever you are in life, keep your focus on God. Live a life that is pleasing to Him from the inside out. Worry less about what others think and rest your hope in what God alone sees and knows all about you. This is not a game to Him, and He will never overlook you!
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Everything that we could ever need can be found in our relationship with God. The inheritance is in the relationship we have with You through our Lord Jesus Christ. When we are found in Him, He shall be found with us.
Father God, Help us to realize the awesomeness and the severity of the promises Your power of relationship holds in our lives. For those of us in You, remind us that You alone are the Sovereign end of all. You stand as the only true God in whom we can always trust and everything we need can be found in You. For those who don’t know You yet, Father God, we are praying for shackles to be loosed in their lives. We are praying for scales to fall from eyes that they might see You, and all of Your glory. That they might know that if they want a future of life eternal, they must come to You through Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, to secure that relationship. Help us all to keep our feet firmly planted in the promises, in the love, and in the relationship that You so willingly offer to those who seek You with their whole heart, mind, and soul. In Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN!
GOD CAN turn any situation around and get the glory out of our lives. “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3
I don’t know God’s plans for you. And, I don’t know all that He has planned for me. But one thing I do know is He is sovereign and has control of everything pertaining to each and every one of us. It is better to wait on the Lord than to chase what is fruitless and futile. Even if we are in the valley of affliction, and don’t quite know which way to turn. Turn where He is turning. Go where God is leading. Wait on Him and trust Him to bring your change to past. “All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come,” Job 14:14. The change Job was looking for may be different than the change you or I are hoping for, nonetheless, wait till it comes!
Father God, thank You that You are mindful of us this day and every day. Thank You that Your hand of mercy has raised us up this day and the power of Your Holy Spirit is walking with us through this day. Thank You for Your daily love, compassion, and faithfulness that is at work in our lives. Thank You for just being the great and glorious God that You are. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray, AMEN!