life happens: God the Almighty…

God the Almighty When He Doesn’t Make Sense

Funny, isn’t it, our human propensity to describe everything in terms of us.  I laugh when I review the title of this chapter.  What if, in the whole of life, it isn’t about God making sense to us?  What if it is about us finally acknowledging that God is Who He says He is?  He says He is almighty.  Why don’t we believe Him?

Read each of the following passages.  Write what God did in each passage.

  • Genesis, chapter 1.
  • Exodus 14:1-29
  • Leviticus 9:22-25
  • Numbers 22:22-35
  • Deuteronomy 2:31-36
  • Joshua 10:7-14
  • Judges 7:15-22
  • Ruth 4:13-17
  • 1 Samuel 1:1-20
  • 2 Samuel 6:16-23
  • 1 Kings 3:5-15
  • 2 Kings 2:6-14
  • Chronicles 10:11-14
  • 2 Chronicles 2:12
  • Ezra 6:21-22
  • Nehemiah 4:10-14
  • Esther 8:1-8
  • Job 1:6-12
  • Psalm 149:1-9
  • Proverbs 2:6-9
  • Ecclesiastes 2:26
  • Song of Solomon—What kind of love does God ordain, as shown in Song of Solomon?
  • Isaiah 4:1-6
  • Jeremiah 6:16-21
  • Lamentations 3:1-66
  • Ezekiel 3:3-14
  • Daniel 3:8-28
  • Hosea 6:1-3
  • Joel 2:28-32
  • Amos 5:4-15
  • Obadiah 1:17-21
  • Jonah 4:1-11
  • Micah 2:12-13
  • Nahum 1:1-9
  • Habakkuk 3:17-19
  • Zephaniah 3:8-13
  • Haggai 2:20-23
  • Zechariah 14:16-21
  • Malachi 3:1
  • Matthew 3:1-17
  • Mark 1:29-31
  • Luke 1:5-21
  • John 16:1-4
  • Acts 4:5-13
  • Romans 4:13-25
  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-6
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
  • Galatians 4:3-5
  • Ephesians 2:1-3
  • Philippians 4:19-20
  • Colossians 1:15-18
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3
  • 1 Timothy 2:5-7
  • 2 Timothy 1:8-11
  • Titus 3:4-7
  • Philemon 1:3
  • Hebrews 10:12-13
  • James 2:5
  • 1 Peter 3:12
  • 2 Peter 1:2-4
  • 1 John 5:6-9
  • 2 John 1:1-3
  • 3 John 1:11
  • Jude 1:24-25
  • Revelation 3:7

The Lord God is Almighty in all things.  Praise His holy name.

life happens: God the Judge…

God the Judge–When I Feel Anger, Resentment, and Jealousy

God the Judge.  It seems that we overlook this aspect of God.  As we breeze through Old Testament Prophets, and glaze over Jesus’ harsh words to the Pharisees, we miss out on the action part of God’s righteousness.

God is righteous.  We know this.  Yet, when we overlook Him as the Judge, we miss the power of our actions.  Yes, God is forgiving, merciful, and gracious.  And yes, He will forgive those who repent.  However, forgiveness does not always equate to relieving us of the consequences of our actions.  We will never know all the ways He works to protect us.  However, He is also the ultimate Judge.

Before beginning your work, list everything you think about “judging.”
Write out what you believe about mercy and grace.

Review what you have written.  Assuming your definitions are accurate, how might God bring them both together in righteousness?

God the Judge—of His enemies

We believe in an esoteric way that God judges His enemies.  But there is a part of Christianity that seems to breeze past this because of the uncomfortable reality that God does not always judge as we would like to see.  Anger, resentment, and jealousy are ultimately feelings rooted in being oppressed, offended, or hurt.

Believe it or not, anger itself does not seem to be a sin.

Read Ephesians 4:26 through Ephesians 5:2.  What does the scripture say about being angry?
What does this passage say about our actions in regards to anger?

What other actions are highlighted in this passage.

It seems that the feeling of anger is not a surprise to God, nor is it condemned by God.  However, there is a time limit between anger and sin.  Anger allowed to stew becomes resentment and bitterness.  These are the deathly sins that eat away at the soul, put barriers between us and God, and put barriers between you and the rest of the world.  Jealousy is yet another outcropping of anger.  Jealousy believes that someone else received something you believe should be yours.  In essence, it is an anger toward God for not providing that thing for you.  This, too, is dangerous for your soul.

In what areas of your life are you harboring long-term anger, resentment, bitterness, and/or jealousy?  Confess them now.  Bring them to Jesus and ask Him to show you His face, His hand in these things.  Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God—He will lift you up.  Confess those things now.

When you clear away the anger in your own heart, you can begin to see the righteousness by which God judges His enemies (note: His enemies, not yours).

Genesis 15:12-16.  These verses happen in the middle of the Abrahamic covenant.

What does God promise Abram regarding those that will afflict his descendants?

God judging His enemies is a comfortable idea for us.  Even more comfortable is the idea the God judges your enemies.  Interesting, isn’t it, how quickly we convince ourselves that our enemies are also God’s enemies.  Churches split because two people disagree and one or more have convinced themselves that if there is disagreement, then one side *must* be the enemy of God.

Read Joshua 5:13-15.  What stands out to you?

 

What question does Joshua ask?

 

And what is the Commander’s response?

You are much like Joshua.  As am I.  There is an assumption in Christianity that whatever I, personally, believe must be right.  And since you are right, then anyone else is against you.  And therefore, the angel of the Lord would be against them.

Ugly, isn’t it?  If you are stuck in a moment right now where you are thinking of everyone else who has this perspective, you need to stop.  Stop right now.  You have this perspective.  You are the one.  You have set yourself up to believe that you are the center of the beliefs.  And you need to deal with your own stuff.  Not “deal with your own stuff first”—there will be no next.  You deal with you.  Before you move one, also remember how God responds to those who repent.  What comes next is not an exercise in beating yourself.  It is an act of repentance.

Review your life, your enemies.  And confess.

What is God asking you to do right now?

Change your perspective.  It will revolutionize your life.

God the Judge—of His people

That title might be a hard pill to swallow.  We think that God does not judge His people.  He does (have you read the Old Testament?!?).  Because this concept can be difficult, first, explore what God does say.

Read Romans 8:1-3.  What stands out to you?

Romans tells us there is no condemnation.  Condemnation is different, however, than judgment.

Review verse 2.  What does it say about the two laws?

We tout that we are free from The Law under Christ.  That is only half-true.  We are free from the Mosaic Law.

However, review verse 2 again—by what law do we now abide?

 

How do you feel about knowing there is a law of the Spirit by which you are expected to abide?

The law of the Spirit.  What does the law of the Spirit look like?  Laws are set forth to bring a desired result.  In the United States, there are yellow lines in the middle of two-way roads, each pattern communicating a different thing.  These lines are there to remind us of traffic laws.  And the end result of traffic laws is to bring the desired result of safety on the road.

Read Galatians 5:22.  What are the desired results of living by the law of the Spirit?

 

Back up your reading a moment.  Read Galatians 5:13-21.  What stands out to you?

 

Review verses 19-21.  Look at your own life.  What similarities do you see?

Many years ago, I was part of a small group study studying Galatians.  In our conversation about this passage, the group of all women were evaluating their lives based on these verses.  Then, an interesting thing happened, the group went off on a tangent after reading “adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery…”  Then came the tangent.  The discussion went toward men and how men struggle with most of those issues—short of sorcery.

Funny, how we stopped reading at the point where the words began to judge our behaviors.  Because isn’t it true, that in the gross generalities of life, women struggle far more with the second list?  Hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy.  If you are a man, you may find your struggles in the first half.  If you are a woman, you need to stop a moment.  We women are in a dangerous situation—society as a whole denounces much of the things with which men struggle.  So though they are inundated by the same things that society also condemns, they cannot escape the understanding of judgment around these issues.

However, and that is a very large HOWEVER, the things with which women most struggle tend to also be things that society has deemed lesser offenses.  After all, “we all” struggle with jealousy, “we all” struggle with moments where our temper gets out of control, “we all” struggle with selfishness.  And in couching everything in “we all”, women have been sheltered from the gross reality of the damage their struggles inflict.

Re-read Galatians 5:15.  What stands out to you?

The actions resulting in “devouring each other” are not the “big sins.”  They are the hatreds, contentions, and strife.  There are dramatic, awful results of giving yourself a pass on those things with which “we all” struggle.

Confess them now.  Do not move on in this study until you do.  You must, must, must understand the depravity of your sin.  You must understand the horrendous consequences.

What is God asking you to do?

Understanding the depravity of your sin is one step.  Another step is understanding to Whom you are responsible.

Read Ecclesiastes 3:14-17.  What stands out to you?

 

In verse 17, who does God judge?

 

How does that make you feel?

The desired response of the reality of God’s complete judgment of every man is found in verse 14.

According to that verse, why is God so faithfully consistent?

Like it or not, we are under the authority of God.  Recently, I was driving in another state on an unfamiliar road.  As I chatted with my passenger, I looked in the rearview mirror and found a police car with it’s lights on.  When the officer with the firm tone of voice came to my window, he asked if I had seen him on the hill as I came into town.  I said that I did not.  He asked if I had seen the speed limit signs.  I apologetically said I had not.  He then said, “Well, as you came into town, you passed two speed limit signs, then you passed me, then you passed another speed limit sign.”  I had been unknowingly travelling a consistent 10-miles-per-hour over the speed limit.  Though I did not realize it, I had not only broken the traffic laws, but he had given me four chances to change my behavior before pulling me over.

Modern Christianity emphasizes choice, emphasizes the ability to decide what we will take to God and what we will keep for ourselves.  And though keeping things for ourselves is frowned upon, it never seems to be handled in the reality of our spiritual situation.  Unlike my speeding situation, where I was not aware that I was speeding, we are aware of our sin.  What we seem to conveniently forget is that God is omnipresent judge, and there are serious consequences for our sin.  We know that He does not like our sinful behavior, but we justify every single one of them.  We talk about “struggling” with sin as an excuse to not actually changing.  We “commit to change” rather than actually changing.  We promise we’ll do better without actually doing better.  And we comfort ourselves with God’s grace, conveniently forgetting God’s judgment.

We have all been in public and seen a toddler lose it, melt down, and have a good old-fashioned fit.  We look at the coddling, catering parent, we shake our heads and think how sometimes children need more discipline than their parents provide.  And yet, as we look at our own spiritual life, we have cast God as the coddling, catering character, not powerful enough to do anything about our hissy-fits.  We couldn’t be more wrong.

Using your concordance, or an online Bible search function, look up at least three scripture passages that discuss God’s power or authority.  Write what stands out for each of them.

 

What is consistent throughout these passages?

 

What authority does God have in this life?

Change now.  Change how you view Him, how you interact with Him, how you behave and feel in this world.

Write out those changes.

 

Knowing what you know now, what place does anger, resentment and jealousy have in your life?

 

Who is the judge of your actions?

 

Meditate on Ecclesiastes 5:14.

life happens: Week 1–God the Creator…

God the Creator When I Feel Unhappy, Discontent, or Disappointed

The truth about life is this: life happens, there will be emotions and reactions to those happenings, and your faith needs to be bigger than those reactions.  This is both simple and complicated.

The simplicity of the situation is that all of life comes down to the choice of choosing faith, or choosing whatever there is vying for attention outside of faith.  But first, we must explore what this is not.

Choosing faith is not closing your eyes to the world around you, plugging your ears, and singing songs to distract yourself from this world.  It is not saying “God is in control” and ignoring your emotions and reactions.

How can we know this?

Read the following verses.  Write out what strikes you about each one.

  • Psalm 9:9
  • Psalm 31:7
  • Psalm 50:14-15

What is the consistent theme of these verses?

Jesus promised us we would have trouble—and He always keeps His promises.  The Psalmist writes of both the trouble in his life and the reaction of God.  We will have trouble.  God is not intent on us ignoring it.  He is intent on us choosing faith in our time of trouble.

Unhappiness, Sadness, Discontentment, Disappointment

The fundamental root of unhappiness, sadness, discontentment, and disappointment is unfulfilled expectations.  We have an idea about how life “should” work out, and when it doesn’t, we have a natural reaction to it.

Throughout this study we will not necessarily explore each individual emotion.  This will not be a practice in rehashing your hurts or comparing your hurts with another’s to see whose life is more painful.  For this is not God’s will for His people.  He knows this life hurts.  And He wants His people to work through the emotions, work through the reactions, and see Him in each situation.

Unfulfilled expectationscause us to fundamentally question who is in control of this wacky world.  You have expectations.  Expectations about the quality of life, who will be in your life, how they should treat you, and how the course of a day should run.

And when those things go awry, unhappiness ensues.  When unhappiness is allowed to remain, sadness becomes a state of being.  Where unhappiness and sadness hang around, discontentment, disappointment and bitterness are soon to follow.

Like anything else, there is a first step to this series of emotions.  Often, that first step is unhappiness.  Unhappy with a situation, you have a choice.  Who are you going to follow?  Your own expectations?  The shared expectations of those around you who bolster what “should” and “should not” be?  Or the One Who holds the entire world in His hand?

When unhappiness knocks on the door of your soul, remember this: God is the Creator.  Whatever expectations you may have, He is the One Who set the world into motion.

Read Ecclesiastes 11:10-12:1, and write what stands out to you.

According to this passage, when should the Creator be remembered?

Review the work you did in the introduction section.  Where is the foundation of your worship life?  If it is currently centered on you, now is the time to make the change.  Battling unhappiness is hard enough when your center is God.  Battling unhappiness when your center is you leads to confusion—after all, you are the one who had the expectations in the first place.  It was those expectations that were not realized, and the unhappiness you feel stems from that.  You cannot rely on yourself to get through.  You must re-center your life and expectations on what God demands.

What is He asking you to do right now?

Read Isaiah 40:21-31 and write what stands out to you.
How is God described in this passage?

What questions are asked in this passage?

These questions serve as great touch-points.  When the world around you is confusing, remember “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?”  And from there, remember all the things you know about God.  Remember all the ways He has led you in the past.  Remember all the wisdom He has bestowed.

Write out Isaiah 40:28.

Review this verse over and over until it resonates in your heart and soul.

What is standing in the way of you centering your life’s expectations on God?

Why are these things difficult to let go?

What is God asking you to do with what you have just learned?

Commit today to follow the Creator, to replace your expectations with His.

plain & simple: Week 3, God…

God.  We think we know Him, try to describe Him, and seek to do His will.  But Who is He, really?  We can describe Him based on His qualities, can do a word study to understand what those qualities actually mean, but this week, we will learn about Him differently.  Stripping away everything we think we know about God, we will explore Him anew this week.

His glory

When my grandmother died, I received both her dining room set and living room side tables and coffee table.  Her tastes ran toward walnut colors; mine run more toward mahoghany.  After enduring decades of use by a large family, the living room tables needed re-finishing.   Convenient for me, my father has decades of woodworking experience.  One challenge of re-finishing tables is the stripping of the current stain and varnish.  One method of stripping the wood is to “dip” the furniture in stripping chemicals and let them do the work.

This is what we must do with our understanding of God.  We are furniture, stained and varnished in a way that has been worn, that likely has impurities, and needs to get down to the raw wood.  A beautiful finish requires excellent preparation.  And to prepare the wood, you must first get rid of the impurities.

What impurities are present in your current view of God?  Are you stuck in a health, wealth & prosperity cycle, believing that earthly reward should be your focus?  Do you treat Him like a servant—demanding He act at your will and command?  What is flawing your pure understanding of God?

Maybe it is fear—maybe you are afraid that by looking at God anew, you run the risk of learning something that makes you different from everyone else.  Let me tell you, I have been a follower since my early years, and I have been rejected by Christians throughout my life.  And yet, when your understandings are congruent with scripture, your endurance in such uncomfortable circumstances makes those circumstances a tool to drive you ever closer to Christ.

What fears do you need to set aside as you work through this series?

The next step in this process is a realization of our self-centered attitudes.  It is important for us to understand the lenses that we look through in order to counteract the harmful ones and capitalize on those that will bring us closer to Christ.

One example of such a shift happened in my life during college.  I was riding in the car, going to a family function.  I asked that the radio be turned on, and my parents obliged.  I noticed over the course of about 30 minutes, my mom was getting increasingly frustrated with the music.  We were listening to a Christian radio station playing songs whose musical style align fairly tightly with what my parents usually listen to—it wasn’t like I was making them endure Christian rock, rap, or punk.  Confused, I watched as each song increased her frustration.  She finally leaned over and turned off the radio.  I asked her what was bothering her—her response sticks in my mind: “Since when did the Christian life become all about our feelings?  Not a single song mentioned God, only God in relation to us.  Since when did it become all about us?”

In what ways has your faith become all about you?

Repent of those now.

Thinking of God, His glory, and His worthiness of praise, go back and review what you learned during the lesson on creation.  What stands out to you with regard to the majesty of God?

The glory of God can seem an elusive concept.  We begin to grasp the enormity of His greatness.  We get that He is greater than us, bigger than us, and more magnificent than us.  At a loss to describe it, we stumble—we know He is great.  We have experienced His working in our hearts, homes, and lives.  And yet, when we are asked to describe it, we come up with a whole lot more “uh, well, um” and a whole lot less detail.  How are we to describe God’s greatness to others?  Rather than making up our own definition, let’s take a look at what scripture says about the glory of God.

Read the following passages.  Briefly describe what you learn about the glory of God.

  • Exodus 33:12-22
  • Isaiah 42:8-9
  • Now read Isaiah 42:5-9
  • Proverbs 25:2
  • John 1:14
  • Romans 4:16-22
  • Romans 16:25-27
  • Psalm 63:2
  • I Corinthians 1:26-31
  • Psalm 145:5

What stands out to you, overall, about the glory of God?

Review the last passages.  Make Psalm 145:5 your commitment.

His love

We know about God’s love.  We try to imagine what it would be like to sacrifice our own child for the sake of willful, disobedient people.  We imagine ourselves in Abraham’s sandals, walking the long road to sacrificing Isaac.  We study His sacrificial love.  We try our best to understand it.  We listen to sermons, participate in communion, and explore this sacrificial aspect of the Almighty’s love for us.

It is powerful.  It is meaningful.  And instead of studying that once again, we will be looking at His love in a little different way today.

Read Joshua 5:13-15.  What stands out to you?

Reading verse 13 again and taking what Joshua says, how would you describe the perspective with which he is approaching this situation?

The New King James Version reads: “Are you for us or for our adversaries?”  Are you here for us or here for them?  Are you for me or against me?  We often take this same perspective in our life.  We see things as “my way or the highway”…whether it be issues of faith, doctrine, disciplining children, or how the ice should be scraped off the car.  We pick our battles, number them one by one, and demand for people to take sides: are you for me or against me?

Take a moment and reflect on all areas of your life.  Are there issues for which you have built a battle strategy and asked for people to take sides?  It can be as complex as issues of doctrine, or as simple as how the toothpaste should be squeezed out of the tube.  Be honest, be real, and take a look at how you are living your life with regard to drawing battle lines.

Know that you can decide how much to share from this—the important part is to be honest with yourself and with God.

List those areas, those battles, here—then hide the list should you so desire.  This is between you and God.

What are the dangers of drawing these battle lines?  What results have you experienced, or could you experience?

As the last question suggests, there is a danger of drawing battle lines and demanding that people choose sides on any issue.  Some of those dangers may be worth it, some may not.

Going back to our passage in Joshua, review Joshua 5:14.  What does the Man (some translations say “angel”) respond to Joshua’s line in the sand?

Whose side was the Man/angel on?

When we draw lines in the sand, we provide only two options: me or them.  God draws lines based on a whole other system.  Him or not.  We draw our lines between humans and then demand that God choose a side—we raise our fist, command attention, and then demand that people choose.  We say we are on God’s side, but then ask people to choose us rather than Him.

Read Joshua 7:6-9.  Knowing that this passage happens after the victory at Jericho, describe Joshua’s perspective on where God has placed the Israelites.

Joshua, a mere man, wavers in his commitment to the ways of man and the ways of God.  Though Joshua’s life history includes faithful greatness of being one of two spies to tell Moses the people could take the scary things in Jericho, Joshua too had moments of weakness in his faith.

Review again the question Joshua asked the Man/angel in Joshua 5—“Are You for us or for our adversaries?”.  What is the danger of making battle lines based on human understanding?

Joshua sat outside Jericho, leader of millions of people.  He had great faith moments in his past and had seen the previous generation, including its leader, die in the desert for their faithlessness.  He had seen great deliverances from God and experienced God’s provision of manna from heaven and water from rocks.  Joshua had seen the cloud by day and fire by night.  Joshua was chosen by God as the next leader of Israel, in part, because he was willing to stand against Moses’ fear-filled faithlessness.

And Joshua’s faith faltered.

No matter our history of faith, no matter where our battle lines were begun, we are faltering humans.  We cannot be trusted to remain faithful, even to the most faithful God.  We cannot trust our own emotions, our own perspectives, without checking them continually against what God would have us do/be/say/become.

You might be right that the toilet paper comes more easily off the roll if the end comes over the top rather than hangs down the back.  However, what would God’s perspective be on the issue?  True, it is not a scriptural issue—there is no verse to look up that gives guidance as to how He would have the toilet paper sit.  Lacking that, we have to look to scripture for other aspects of the issue—how are you treating those around you with regard to this issue?  Is your behavior aligned with scripture?  Is your perspective on the issue so ingrained in you that you are unwilling to hear it from a different perspective?

Review the issues you listed above where you have drawn battle lines.  Which ones have you chosen to be on God’s side, regardless of what He chooses?  Be careful—it is easy to say “I am right and God would agree.”  It is much harder to say “I think I am right, but God, what do You want?”

List out those issues that you need to surrender to God’s hand and following His perspective:

There is another important aspect to understand about our battle lines.  I have been in true battles before for the truth of God as revealed in His Word.  I have fought in prayer, in word, and in deed to stand up for what God has declared, despite the risk to my present and future livelihood.

And even when I was exactly on point with what the truth of God said, He continually brought me to the point of humility regarding HOW I was going about the battle.  For the battle was not about flesh and blood, but it was happening in the flesh and blood world.  I could stand for all the truth I wanted, and be “right” in my interpretation of truth, but if I sinned in the HOW of the battle, I was just as much a loser as those who were standing against God.  I was on God’s side with my understanding—I needed, also, to be on His side in my manner and being as well.

Reviewing the list of battles again, in what ones might you be on God’s side in truth, but need to re-surrender daily to His methods?

 

Read John 2:1-4.  What is Jesus’ response to His mother’s request?
Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-11.  What stands out to you?

It is important that in your battles, where you are on God’s side and following His lead, that you continually seek His wisdom for His timing.  What He asks you to do today may be different than what He asks you to do tomorrow.  In my own example, He asked me to stay in the battle for eight months—eight very long, very arduous months.  And during those eight months I had very wise, very caring people who have known me for years and genuinely care about God’s ways and the best for my future suggesting that I leave the situation.  And for those seeking God’s perspective rather than our own, it did not take much for me to share that God wasn’t releasing me from it yet.  They then shifted from suggesting I leave to providing support in my battle.  Others were not so easily  dissuaded—and I had to choose: God’s side or not?  God’s side meant eight months of tremendous stress, hourly battles, and being publicly and privately denigrated.

And then, one day, the final straw happened—only I did not yet know it was the final straw.  I had committed myself to seeking God before acting/speaking/reacting.  It was habit, it was pattern.  Yet another thing happened, and when I went to God expecting Him to say “endure”, He instead said, “leave.”  I was shocked.  After eight months battling, begging to be released, I was surprised with the different answer on that day.

And though I knew not what the future held, though leaving would leave a stain on my future attempts at livelihood, I left.

And even though the end result was the same, the timing was different.  Choosing God’s ways and God’s timing meant putting aside me versus them—it put aside my pride, my reason, my rationale and required me to choose moment by moment to do things God’s way and not my own.

Which of your issues, or others that have come to mind, do you need to continually commit to God’s way in the battle?

Commit now to choose His side in the battle.  Then commit to choose His way in how to go about that battle.  From personal experience, it may not be easy, it may lead to arduous days, tears, stress, and even being ostracized—but choosing God’s side and God’s approach will bring you more than you could ever dream from your human perspective.

So what does this have to do with God’s love?  His love is this: He knows we are small humans with limited minds—He does not shift with our wavering shadows.  Instead, He remains consistent in His holiness, constant in His intimacy, and dedicated in His desire to give us a better life, in this world and the next.  It takes an enormous amount of unfathomable love to keep that better perspective while the ones following are wavering and throwing fits—ask any parent of a toddler trying to teach them how to properly behave in this world.  Patience doesn’t begin to describe.  God’s love reaches beyond our mortal mind and perspectives to provide for us a way of life that will reap rewards beyond our imaginations.

Chronological Bible: May 15, Building momentum…

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Read:

  • Ecclesiastes 9:1-12:14

“…that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…” Ecclesiastes 9:9b-10a, ESV

I get lazy. Sometimes physically, sometimes emotionally, sometimes spiritually…and usually when one area lags, the others speed along with it. Speedy laziness, quite the paradox. Inertia powers so much of our existence. We continue to do whatever we do. So whether in laziness or intentionality,  the momentum we create today will impact our experience tomorrow.

What momentum are you creating today? How do your plans for tomorrow set you up for success or failure? “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might…”

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