While I truly feel God speaking to me through music, I have decided to be more intentional with daily devotions. As much as I love books, I have decided to try an app. Since I have been wanting to buy the "Jesus Calling" book, I opted to download the free app (I may purchase the full app at some point, but this will be good to get my feet wet).
Today's topic - God being able to handle ALL of our expectations.
To me - that's powerful. Of course, He wants us to come to Him with our positive expectations, but He also wants us to come to Him when we are heavy hearted. Sometimes our unanswered prayers are simply lessons. Lessons for us to learn to wait upon Him, to TRUST Him - not only in the light of our day, but in the darkness as well.
I find it SO easy to praise Him when things are going well. Throw up a quick THANK YOU GOD! I mean, how can you not. When a friend does something wonderful for you, how simple is it to just say "thank you". Yet, its in those moments where I feel alone. In my darkness. Those are the times where I can't see past the pain. But God wants me to run to Him. I should thank Him. Not because I am suffering, but because I know that He is in control - simply because He loves me.
Today's devotion said:
"The more extreme your circumstances, the more likely you are to see My Power and Glory at work in the situation." ~ January 6th, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.
Ok - so as I typed the above quote I realized I read the wrong day. Oh well - God gave me a lesson & I'm running with it.
As I look back on my life, my story, I can see exactly when God was glorified by my circumstances. No, I am not saying He wanted me to suffer and endure the hurt. I truly believe He grieved WITH me. Instead, I rest in the knowledge that He can use those events to show His goodness & mercy.
For today, I will try to thank Him in the good and bad. Just because something doesn't go my way, doesn't mean it didn't go the way it was supposed to go. Instead, I need to simply accept the outcome. I will meditate on Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.