We are entering the season when we are supposed to slow down and get ready for Thanksgiving as well as the upcoming celebration of Christmas. But instead of thinking about the beginning of these special times of the year, it seems that people are getting a little anxious and more amped up than usual.
I don’t mean just in the corporate world, but in everything from shopping for Christmas gifts to already thinking about the new year. Now I don’t see anything wrong with planning, but when folks get caught up in the moment, they tend to forget about God in the process. Rather, they try to control things themselves and God becomes an afterthought. Of course, I don’t mean to imply that God centered believers renounce their faith or turn to the dark side – they just take things into their own hands and God takes a back seat to human centered solutions.
I should know about this kind of stuff – because I am guilty as well. As much as I study God and pray and teach about the Scripture, there are times when I try to take control and for some inexplicable reason, I forget about seeking God’s counsel before I make my move. Throughout history, great men and women of the Bible have suffered similar lapses of judgment. For example, Kind David. As devoted as he was to God, he used poor judgment on many occasions. Same with King Saul and many other Old Testament leaders.
The truth of the matter is that God is faithful and if we will approach Him with a spirit of submission to His will, we have a much better chance of getting things done that are in alignment with what is right and true. We also need time to smell the roses. Rather than rushing into our projects one after the other, most of us need balance in our lives. That means that we should take time and acknowledge that we really aren’t in control of anything.
We worry about the right choices but we should know, at least intellectually if not in our hearts, that God will accomplish His will regardless of whether we want to participate or not. So why don’t we just yield to the idea that we should be stopping and consulting the Father before we initiate our plans. And why don’t we just rest in the knowledge that God has our best interests at heart.
So rather than go on for much longer, I am going to take my own advice and spend a little time with the Father rather than continue to write this evening. The verse for this evening reflects God’s desire to slow down and revel in His rest. From Psalm 62:5, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Simple, honest, complete…
My encouragement this evening is to slow down this holiday season and let the love and peace of God lead you in your thoughts and your actions. My prayer is that you will experience a divine balance in your life and that you will remember to consult the Father before you move too far out on your own. In the meantime, have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…