Saturday, December 29, 2018

"Finish Strong" Devotional ~ Day 33

Day 33 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018


Trusting God When Nothing Seems to Be Happening

O God, do not keep silent; be not quiet, O God, be not still. See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. (Psalm 83:1-3)

Asaph is wondering if God has gone to sleep or forgotten him or been distracted. Or perhaps God can't see all those enemies getting ready to attack. Don't you sometimes wonder if God sees the whole picture? Why is he standing still with all those enemies around? It just doesn't make sense to us. 

What we have to learn is what Asaph had to learn ~ that just because you can't see God working doesn't mean he isn't doing anything. When you're standing still, you can trust that he is working behind the scenes, usually out of your view, and often in ways you would never imagine. But you can believe that his ways are perfect and he has a good plan for you.

Abraham had to stand still and see how God would make him a great nation when he was childless. Moses had to stand still and see how God was going to get them across the Red Sea. Joshua had to stand still and see how those walls were going to come down around Jericho. Esther had to stand still and see if she perished when she asked that her countrymen be spared. But God was working while they were standing still, and you can trust him to work for you, too ~ even while you're standing still!

Can't you see how God is working on your behalf? Don't understand why you have the problems you have on your job? Wondering why you're still unemployed or underemployed? Join in with the Psalmist repeating, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (Psalm 42:11).
 
Today's Challenge:
To learn to believe that God is working on my behalf even when I can't see it.

Today's Prayer:
Lord, I choose to believe that you are working for good in my life today, even though I have no idea what you're doing or when you're going to do it. Please help me to remember that your ways are not my ways, and I can trust you to work behind the scenes on my behalf.

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