God causes us to rise up with eagle’s wings so that we can escape the confines of this natural world (Isaiah 40:31). From within our spirit, rivers of living water flow; they are straight from the throne of God (John 7:38).
Apart from God, we have no righteousness, peace or joy (John 15:5). He saved us, not on our own merit of good works, but according to His mercy (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-5).
As we fellowship in His sufferings, we also share in His presence and in His glory (Philippians 3:10). His life flows through our life and brings a holy contentment that transcends worldly trials and tribulation (Philippians 4:12).
It is healthy to mourn our losses, but joy comes as we hold God's hand through it all (Psalm 30:5). God calls us to completely surrender to Him, to trust in His wisdom and to have faith in His faithfulness to His Saints (Job 11:13-15; Proverbs 3:5-6).
He rarely operates as we expect or desire, but our Father always knows what is best. Relying totally on God provides the most peaceful existence for us. Living in the center of His will is the happiest place on earth.
If we allow our focus in life to center on the natural aspects, our spirit will not grow, and our body and soul will suffer deprivation as well. Yet, if we focus on the spiritual aspects of our life in Christ, He works out everything for our good (Romans 8:28).
God also works out His excellence in us, using patience to do her perfect work. Patience is a choice; we choose to wait on God and to trust in His goodness to us.
This attitude provides us with a much healthier life in our body, soul and spirit. We think only about positive, trustworthy and praiseworthy aspects of our life, and leave the rest up to God (Philippians 4:8).
Father God, You give us comfort in our tribulation in this world so that You can comfort others through us (2 Corinthians 1:4). If we trust in our own abilities and wealth, we will fail; but as we step aside and allow You to bless others through us, we will prosper as well (Proverbs 11:28).
Remind us to keep our focus on Your Kingdom and to use the gifts and talents that You provide for us to walk in Your ways, obey Your directives and live in Your will for each moment of every day. You are worthy of all honor and glory and praise and we keep our mind focused on You throughout our day and night.
Thought for the Day:
If we primarily focus on fleshly, carnal aspects of life – even positive things such as our job, church, family and hobbies - they become idols; if we focus on religious aspects of life, we grow self-righteous and judgmental; yet, if we carry our spirituality into every detail of our daily life, we find joy that is beyond human description. - Colossians 3:17