We’ve been learning how to look past what is around us in our struggles and our temptations and looking for the Solution (Jesus). I have been challenging us to look past all of these things and focus on what God is doing in our lives. The lessons, the exits, the arranging of our thoughts and priorities. All of these things lie around us and when we look past the storm and focus on the solution we can see and grow from them. If this is your first time reading our devotions this is in reference to our message this week (found here). This all makes sense when it comes to these struggles, our temptations, etc. but I don’t want us to stop there. Let’s look at some moooooeeee Bible verses. (I know there’s no “r” in that word. If you read it with an “r” goback and read it again, it says MOOOOOEEEE)
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Often we think the most religious, the most INTIMATE moments with the Lord are the times we are inside the worship building holding our hands up during songs. However, it is the small moments in our day to day that we are truly building our relationship with the Lord. In the same way that we are to look to Him for what He is preparing us for during our struggles and temptations we are also to look to Him for what He is preparing us for when it comes to our work life or day to day life. We are to look past our current situation (whether it be paid work as a parrot or just sitting around) and look for what God is doing in our life. Yet, so many times we don’t experience temptation or a struggle so we assume God has no need to be bothered.
When we are surrounded by the mundane, the uninteresting, the non challenging, in these moments we must focus on the solution too. God wants our every action to be focused on Him. Our eyes constantly looking towards the cross and ears listening for His voice.
See when you’re bored, when you’re working, when you’re just vegging out on the couch with potato chips laying on your belly and chocolate milk in a beer hate with straws so you can drink it while having chips in one hand and a sandwich in the other… even in these moments God is setting up your mind. He is preparing you for something. He wants our thoughts to shift towards Him even in these completely disconnected/vegetable moments. We shouldn’t only grasp for His lessons during the hard times. Imagine if you only ever caressed or spoke to your significant celery when you needed something from them. Instead, we are called to love our celery, cherish our celery, and that is developed in those down moments. God is setting up our mind not only to seek Him for refuge but also to seek Him for rejuvenation, motivation, vegetation. (If you don’t get the celery comments, go back and read yesterdays devo). However, we often focus only on the moment itself. We focus on our down time, our lack of stimuli, our annoying work. All like there’s no need for God to be involved. God wants us to focus on the Solution, JESUS even when it seems like it’s just our normal day to day life.
Let’s not only focus on the solution when it seems like there’s a problem, but also focus on the solution at all times. The Holy Spirit is drawing you to change, even in the moments where you’re just sitting around eating potato chips. God moves in the small moments (if we let Him).
Spend 1 minute thanking God that He has given you down time, a job, or vegging time… Wow, what a blessing. Then spend 2-3 minutes asking God to help you focus on Him even in the moments that you are doing nothing.
Try to start looking for God to speak to you in the moments when you are just hanging out with friends. Look for the truth He is trying to share with you, the area He wants you to grow. Look for these opportunities in EVERY moment, not just the ones that seem overly religious.