My Devotion today is I Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” God Bless you, Zoey.
The time in our days can so easily be filled with the craziness of our culture. We walk around with this “craziness” like it is the norm, until something changes our thinking. There is a scripture in the bible that says in Rev. 3:15: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot.”
Do we, as individuals bring our thinking to a point of acceptance of our environment? In my early adulthood, I believed that man is a product of his environment. My personal philosophy hasn’t changed over these 40 plus years. What has developed before me is different from what has developed before you and vice-versa, right? I am reminded in Matthew 6:24, “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. This is the modern day challenge to our culture.
Look around you today, as you wake up in the morning and then going through your entire day till night. A full 24 hrs. Make a list of what you observe. Ask yourself questions about what you are perceiving in your mind, first. Maybe your list has several items or only a few observations worth noting. To bring a little light on the matter…this is the 24 view you will also be giving to God. Thinking about what I said earlier, how a man is a product of his environment, you can now see the reality of this concept. We live in confusion and it is not getting any better. We read in James 1:8, “I double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” It’s makes us take a hard look at ourselves, right? By first, thinking about our perception of how we are living before the Lord and secondly, it helps also to bring the transparency for God’s Light to shine through the “darkness’ that besets us. In other words, our personal issues are making us dig down deep into our hearts with a more honest view. (My fav: “Please be patient with me, God is not finished with me yet.”)
Another verse in the bible states in I Corinthians 13:12: “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” God knows us better then we know ourselves. We do have a choice each day to better the “reflection” we mirror back to others and in our walk of faith. But you might say something like…”I don’t have any control over things, let alone people!” I understand this thinking, totally! Although, we feel this way, the fact is we don’t have to stay in the messes or our difficult environment, right. The answer is with the Lord, He enables us to take it on little by little and day by day. The battle is the Lord’s and we can give our list to him daily. You can start today…right now. He is faithful to teach us how to handle the stressors, disappointment, long suffering and difficult circumstances that make up our “personal environment”. Each day will be filled with His tender mercies and His loving kindness. His Spirit is like a invisible reminder and will show up in your daily moments to bring hope and grace.
“My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.” [Proverbs 23:26]. God is not Santa Clause…his list is not complied from “naughty or nice” behavior. His list is his word. In this passage in Proverbs 23, He says to give your heart to him and our responsibility is to watch Him work it out for our good. He is a good God and he does good things for us. He is Good. Believe He is on it and in it for your good. He loves you, he asked for your heart, right. He asks for our heart so he can abide in Love with us. He will remind us first of his love for us…it was great enough to send his only Son so that we could be with Him in His Heavenly place. Think about that. Believe and trust him with all the levels of your day, your moment and your heart. I pray this message of promise found in Jeremiah 31:3: …The Lord says… “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” And in John 6:4, Jesus says…”No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Amen