Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Be still and know that God is fighting for us.
Scripture of the Day:
“He says, ‘Stop your striving and recognize that I am God! I will be exalted over the nations! I will be exalted over the earth!'” 11 “The LORD who commands armies is on our side! The God of Jacob is our protector!” (Selah)
“It is finished”, Christ proclaimed as He breathed His last on the cross. No more work needed to be done to complete the perfect sacrifice. Such a stark contrast with the other religions of this world which state that we will never do enough to earn our salvation.
In Christ, we recognize that our good works are like filthy rags, but we also see our need to serve God with all of our lives.
The motivation is different, though. We do not serve out of guilt or obligation, but out of incredulous gratitude and a heart of obedience.
Formerly enemies, we, who are in Jesus Christ, are now called His sons and daughters. And He says to be still – to cease striving, worrying, trying to defeat the enemies we encounter while temporarily on this earth. He, our All-Powerful God, already won the war and we are positionally already with Him in the heavens.
When faced with life’s realities, though, it can be difficult to rest in God’s victory, because our eyes, hearts and minds scream out the opposite.
What does this rest look like? Not lying down on a couch eating potato chips and playing video games – no, this rest is on our knees crying out to our God to fight on our behalf. Once again, the motivation is changed. It is not for us, but for His glory. We do not just want Him to fight for us, but for His Name’s sake – that others who look at our lives will see that we serve the living God.
Lord, thank You for accomplishing our salvation and victory and for living in us. Help us to not look at the waves of this live, but to rest and to look to You, our Almighty God Who loves us.