It’s the morning after Easter, a new day and a new week, with an emphasis on new life and new beginnings. The opposite side of that is we have to let go of our baggage from the past or our old, former ways of doing things, in order to step into the new things God has waiting for us. Sometimes that struggle seems too difficult or too painful, and we tend to shrink back. Instead, we should take God’s hand and walk THROUGH the trouble to get to the other side.
Now onto today’s devotional shares. Remember, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings.
“When you begin your journey to wholeness with the Lord, you are usually all knotted up inside. As you allow Him to do so, He begins to straighten up your life by untying one knot at a time. The temptation is to run away from your problems, but the Lord says that you are to go *through* them.
The good news is that Jesus has promised that you will never have to go through them alone. He will always be there to help you in every way. When you decide to follow Jesus, you will soon learn He never turns back in fear. His path is always straightforward to the finish line.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“We all have times in life when we feel like giving up. God gave many men and women in the Bible difficult tasks to perform, but He always promised a reward. Looking to the reward helps us endure the difficulty.
The Bible states that Jesus, ‘for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God’ (see Hebrews 12:2).
I encourage you not to look merely at your work, but look also at the promise of reward. Take time to enjoy the fruit of your labor, and you’ll be energized to finish your course. It will also build confidence as you realize that you are worth enjoying the reward of your labors, and it is indeed God’s will for you.
Pray: Lord, I trust that You will give me a clear understanding of the rewards You have for me. Help me to see beyond today’s challenges to where You’re bringing me. Amen.”
–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”
-1- All knotted up…that’s a good description! I never thought of it quite that way, nor the idea of allowing God to untangle one knot at a time! I am thankful God doesn’t lead us into the middle of trouble and then abandon us–instead, He walks with us, or even carries us, THROUGH the troubles to victory on the other side.
-2- Ah yes, the urge to give up happens frequently when troubles seem too heavy to bear; yet again, there’s that promise of His presence with us and His reward for faithfulness…and the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of our labor.
So what are YOUR thoughts? Do you need to have some knots untied or untangled? Do you like the idea of not having to go through troubles alone?
Looking to the reward…what are some ways you can experience the fruit of YOUR labor?