While studying the 13th chapter of Matthew this morning about the leaven the woman took and hid in the meal and then the parable of the mustard seed, I am immediately reminded of the smallness and least visible ideas of these stories. But the full fruition comes about in God’s own time. This also applies to anything we may be working on and praying about! God, being omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, is caring for all. We needn’t humanly outline or speculate or predict but leave the outcome to God. It will always be even better than we can ever envision.
2 Corinthians 4:18 states “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.” My daily prayer is to listen more, worry less and trust God with my entire being.
While at my desk studying and praying, it really dawned on me that this is a new day! I don’t have to wait to receive fresh inspiration; it can happen right here, right now. Rather than rehearse the past, my thoughts can be filled with God’s wonder today, instead. This is always up to me. By turning any and every limited human thought into the expectation of peace and harmony is what I will do today. Revelation 21:5 reads “And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.'” What a freeing thought!
Last night as I was visiting with God and thanking Him for His many blessings, I was praying about our daughter and her husband selling their house which has been on the market for months. Suddenly, I realized I was almost pleading with God since the need looks so dire when I knew I was praying amiss. Rather than thanking Him profusely and knowing He knows our needs before we tell Him, I was thinking He had let this need slip by. Once again, I mentally and humbly got on my knees to see what He sees and He certainly doesn’t see a lack of Good. After receiving my peace, I decided to let go and let God be God! He’s got this!
Philippians 4:19 states “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” There are no exceptions.
Recently, our grandson, who is graduating from college with honors, was awarded a scholarship for his masters degree in another state. There is a fellowship given of $10,000 to several and our grandson was the first alternate. Last week we drove over to take pictures of him in his cap and gown. While there, we were talking about how we could help with expenses while he finds a part time job when he moves. As I told him I was praying he responded he didn’t want to get the money if someone else had to turn it down due to illness or anything like that.
We talked and knew God didn’t work like that because what blesses one blesses all. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I prayed with that verse.
Yesterday, he called so thrilled. He had been awarded $10,000 for expenses. The young man that had turned it down had been granted another one from another school which had been his first choice. God is the only power there is and I will claim that today.
Many years ago when moving to another city, we found our dream home and bought it before we had sold the previous one because we did not want to lose it to another buyer. My husband moved and I stayed behind since I owned a jewelry store at the time and would go back on the week-ends. After a few weeks, I began to become very fearful since my son was taking over the jewelry store and we actually needed the money from our home.
Praying about it constantly became a ritual as I outlined how it should happen and how much we would receive. During this time, the worry became so obsessive it would be the last thing I thought about at night and would awake to the same worry. While telling my son that I had been praying about it and asking for signs, he laughed and said that he doubted God would answer me with a billboard or other signs like that.
When driving from the store one afternoon and praying, I came upon the exit to go to my previous home where I was staying and I noticed a “yield” sign. I drove about a block and there was construction and another “yield” sign and yes, there was a third sign a block away. A light came on in my consciousness and I knew it was from God since He comes to us where we are! Immediately, I thanked Him for the sign and knew all was well and complete. That next week-end at an open house, we received a contract and the house sold. I just needed to open my eyes to the perfection all around and release the fear that can seem crippling and keep us from seeing that God is always working His purpose out and it blessing all. Psalm 25:14-15 reads “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”
This morning while at my desk studying and praying before starting my day, I glance out my back window. There I see doves playing in the bird bath, squirrels scampering about and deer running by. This scene is absolutely captivating as I realize it has not changed, probably for years and years, but my “seeing” has changed. Not too long ago, I would have never seen this due to “busyness” but it has always been here. What else have I overlooked? II Corinthians 9:8 states “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” Today, I will be aware of what I am seeing and how I am looking.
While praying for the world today, I think of how easy it is to criticize and condemn others if I am not careful. When I cease entertaining those negative thoughts about others, I know I am progressing spiritually. World peace actually begins with each individual.
1 Timothy 2:8 states, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” When I first thought of this title today, I opened my Bible to this verse. God is always revealing precious angel messages to us which we can hear as soon as we kick ungodlike thoughts out!
It never made sense to me to pray “And” worry. If I am going to worry, why pray and vice versa? Prayer to me means releasing the issue to God totally. When I worry, it becomes a god because it is foremost in my mind. Psalm 112:7 states “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Today my choice is praying and rejoicing, not worrying!
As I ponder this today, I think of when I am struggling, it is because human will is attempting to be in control. Then, when I turn to God and release human will, it is like the morning mist and distorted images that it contains dissolving in the presence of the sunlight. Humanly, we often think of “turning to God” as a state of passiveness, when actually, it is a very active exercise.
Praying with Colossians 3:15 bring peace as it states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
This morning as I am thinking about events in the news; many powerful people being humbled due to sexual misconduct and I began to pray. We have heard repeatedly that nothing hidden will not be revealed and in so doing, there has to be correction of wrong doing. So often there is a void and people choose lesser gods to worship as in people, possessions, and power. There is only one God and He is a jealous God! He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Good so there is no place for a lesser power.
By bringing this into the open, these errors can begin to heal. In the beginning of the Bible, error appears as a serpent (an evil suggestion) and by the time we get to Revelations, it has become a large dragon, but that is when it is destroyed. So rather than a bad thing that is happening, things can only be healed if they are revealed. These are not bad people but people who have made wrong choices. Today I will love even more as I witness chastening everywhere.
Colossians 2:2-3 states “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”