Today I will work and pray with the above scripture, which reads “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” To me, that includes you and me and I will ask for discernment to see that in everything I see. With God’s eyes we will be able to do the following, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 . Truth destroys error, Love destroys hatred and light dispels darkness and the choice is mine on what I want to experience.
While studying Nehemiah and the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, I have been so impressed by Nehemiah’s avoidance of distraction. His so-called friends kept telling him to come down under various pretenses, but he resisted. He had work to do.
That applies to us daily. Yesterday, I heard a woman talking of her golf game and the pro who was teaching her how to make a long drive, kept telling her to focus and not be distracted. When she began doing better, he laughed and told her she would have it down after about five hundred more times.
When I am studying and praying at my desk, I can be distracted by the computer, or random thoughts if I am not careful. By spiritualizing thought while studying the Bible, I can receive answers to any question I may have. Gratitude and humility fill my heart with the knowledge that by asking for bread (understanding), I will never receive a stone!
The world’s way and God’s way are always opposite. Man’s way to attain riches is to amass more and more and hoard. God’s way is by letting go and giving. Gratitude is riches. Matthew 6:24 states, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
When pleasing others becomes foremost in my thoughts, it can give those power over me and enslavement ensues. Certainly, I cannot or have not put God first in my life and have broken the first commandment. The same can happen with fear, disease, unpleasant situations, etc. ” Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (God). By dwelling on any of the above can become hypnotizing when God is not first and foremost.
“Yet I hold this against you; You have forsaken your first love.” Revelation 2:4
Neither worrying or humanly outlining is ever a solution to a challenge. By letting God be God is the only way to find peace and He always has in store for us so much more than we could imagine! Luke 12:25-26 reads, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”