There are so many times I have started different devotionals or plans on the bible. And I never end up being consistent with it. Life gets a hold of me and become dull and blend in. I always crave to stand apart from this world but most days I feel like I’m not living that out. Today I opened up day 2 for the devotional I am currently trying to be consistent with. And it was beautiful so I want to share. The devotional I started is called God and Me.
[ God and My World ]
" All of us struggle every day to try to get control of our environments. We try to build financial wealth so that we won’t suffer need. We try to take care of our health so we don’t feel pain or suffer illness. We try to manage our relationships to reduce stress. It is humbling, though, to realize that we aren’t in control of very much.
Actually, this world doesn’t really even belong to us. We are guests in someone else’s world; we are actors in someone else’s play. “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters” (Psalm 24:1,2). “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10). It is humbling to realize that we were created for God’s benefit, that everything really belongs to him, and that we really own nothing.
But it’s exhilarating too. The Creator of the universe is also our heavenly Father. The great Power uses his power to bless and protect and prosper us. The great Owner of all wealth loves to give gifts to his children. The great Engineer is planning even now how he will guide your steps in this world to get you home to his.
Here’s a thought: The same Being who created the Grand Canyon loves you dearly. ”
It’s so true that we all do those things. And if I’m being honest with myself I am guilty of saying “this is mine” or “i own that” and how selfish of me is that? Not one single ‘thing’ I have in my possession is actually mine. It’s Gods. And I take that for granted so much. I become prideful of the blessings I have been handed and say things like “I worked hard for that” and in a way I did, but in reality God gave me those things. I wouldn’t have the jobs I have if it weren’t for him placing those opportunities my way. Set aside from the opportunities he gave me I wouldn’t even have those jobs if I hadn’t relied on him to work hard and to set aside the things I don’t know and learn about new things. And I know I wouldn’t be able to keep the jobs I have without God because I need His grace, patience, forgiveness, and mercy to get me through situations that I feel I can’t handle sometimes.
God is so much bigger than You and I… and I guess just reading this devotional made me think about that even more. I don’t think about it enough. I’m not sure I even fully comprehend the capacity of God. Because God is infinite and I have so much to learn. I need to read the bible more, I need to serve more, and be with community. I need to stop saying I need to do all these things and actually do them. Jesus is going to come back one day and I would be so furious with myself if I wasted this life—better yet this opportunity— to give God all the glory and bring people to Him. I guess I don’t know where I am going with this and to prevent another ramble I’ll just leave it at this- I have a lot of work to do before Jesus comes back.