Good Morning !!
"Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise."
I woke up this AM and after a quick God given revelation, I had a not so pleasing thought: I have NO job... Immediately I could feel my anxiety mount. I diffused the situation by getting my mind on other things - Social Media... Which is covered in opinions and prayers, still not the place I needed to be. I prayed a quick prayer and began my transition out of bed. Had my breakfast and coffee, and started to gather my morning study materials. It struck me, how that morning thought, was already causing my day to drag and my focus to be off. I got my daily scriptures together and began to hear God clearing my earlier encounters. I "mistakenly" read 1 Peter 4:9, which says "Be hospitable to one another without grumbling"... Okay God, I hear you, was my first thought. Then I encountered the verse above from Hebrews. That first sentence - "Therefore do not cast away your confidence" completely brought me back to that thought, "I have NO job." I have been so confident, trusting and knowing GOD would provide. I realized in that moment I was taking my eyes off God and placing them on my situation. I was trying to figure out the next step on this God ordained path. How unqualified I am to do that. The verse goes on to say, "Which has great reward." See !! I knew that.. or at least I thought I had. "For you have need for endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:" Did God just give me the words to pray? Did He just show me what I needed to pray for?? Emphatically I say YES!! Okay God, I see you !! :) In this moment, I am reminded of the bible story when Peter began to sink as he was on the water with Jesus, and our Savior extended His hand to save him ! Can I just Praise Him in this moment ?!?!! That He would reach out His hand and save me from myself, in this moment...My God
One thing I have learned is that "Therefore" requires me to go back and look at the verse before because it's inclusive to what I have just read. And in doing so I encounter this wonderfulness: "for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an endurning possession for yourselves in heaven." Wow, I feel like God is saying to me in this moment, "remember? Remember when you walked away from everything you knew for me? Remember when you felt it was better to have nothing as long as you could have Me? Remember how heaven was your goal, how I was your goal, Remember?" Yes, yes I do ! So what's next? I begin to listen to the voice of God again. He is telling me, "I have something greater for you." I go back to the ways that led me to Christ. Listening to Him and not to myself.
I Pray that when God speaks to you today about whatever may have your attention or whatever may be trying to distract you, you hear Him loud and clear. I Pray that you place your eyes on Him and not on your situation or this world. I Pray that you don't allow shame to shape your thoughts. And you can walk boldly into whatever He is calling you to no matter what it "looks" like .
Always in His Love,