Inspirational Thought of The Day:
When we consider the works of God, we cannot help but praise Him.
Scriptures of the Day:
“He causes everyone to stop working, so that all people may know his work.”
“He said, “See, I am going to make a covenant before all your people. I will do wonders such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation. All the people among whom you live will see the work of the LORD, for it is a fearful thing that I am doing with you.”
“Indeed, ask about the distant past, starting from the day God created humankind on the earth, and ask from one end of heaven to the other, whether there has ever been such a great thing as this, or even a rumor of it.”
There is something special about times when foul weather or illness strike so the work man does comes to a screeching halt. Like hamsters spinning incessantly on a wheel, a break in routine is jarring at first, but a welcome relief.
It is in those moments that we are forced to stop – when the busyness that encompasses us about is silenced just long enough for us to consider and ponder something other than our normal routine. When snow blankets the roads and man has to admit that even his mighty vehicle cannot circumvent them, we are humbled to realize that God made it all.
God wants us to slow down long enough to see His work. All creation testifies of His greatness. Every minute detail lauds Him as our genius Creator and heroic Savior. We hear it said many times, we read it and sing about it – how great our God is. When we consider His character – unmatchable, indescribable – it overwhelms us to even attempt to try to give Him the praise He is due.
Pause and praise Him today. Think on what He has done in your life. Reflect on His promises and His mighty deliverance. Take a break from the vicious cycle of life and breathe. That’s right. God gave you that breathe to praise Him.
The distractions of this world threaten to blind us to seeing the wonders of God. When we forget what our God has done for us, we are in danger of living for self and forgetting our very purpose – to bring Him glory and praise. That is simply what we were made for – to know Him and enjoy Him forever.
Lord, You are awesome and we cannot thank You enough! Thank You for opening our eyes to see how wonderful You are. Help us to never forget your works and great gift of salvation.
2 Corinthians 11:3
“But I am afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve by his treachery, your minds may be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11
“And to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you.”
He could have had red carpet laid for Him, trumpets blasting His coming, a crown of gold laid upon His Kingly head. We would expect nothing less than this for a King, but He chose a simple manger, a simple dwelling and to be born of a poor household. Why? No distractions, no prideful entrance for this Holy humble King. Just a simple message to all who have ears to hear: salvation from Your God, who comes in humility to bring love, compassion and forgiveness. We do not need anything other than that.
As I make preparations for Christmas this year, I want to stay in this moment of reflecting on how simply He came. I do not want to be distracted by all of the “necessities” this season brings. I don’t want to miss this key message of Christ’s coming. We can be set free from the busyness that presses us daily. We can choose to be like Mary, who chose the one thing needful and bowed down just to be in His presence, listening.
How can this truth of simplicity be woven through our celebration of the coming King, and moreover, through our lives? It takes ambition, effort. Returning to the basics of our salvation and prayerfully removing the obstacles that stand in our way of simply worshiping Him. This blog is part of that for me. It has become a benchmark where I am still and worshiping Him as I type each letter. May we pause this season and daily in our lives not just to squeeze in devotions, but to meditate on Who He is and never forget the wonder of not just Who He is, but how He came and how He lived . . . simply.
Lord, thank You for Your perfect example. Help us to sift through all the distractions of life and to abide in You. Like a child, may we delight in You and walk simply and humbly before You.