We are just as likely to allow BAD circumstances to knock us off the path of peace as we are to allow GOOD circumstances to side-track us from God’s purpose. But, remember—NO circumstance changes God. This devotional is directly related to what we talked about yesterday; that is, how critical it is to know God. We need to receive HIS “spirit of wisdom and revelation” in order to navigate all circumstances. (Ephesians 1:17)
God’s perspective fully EQUIPS us for anything.
Knowing God is more important to our well-being than anything; even our need to change our circumstances. Yet, our focus is constantly distracted by our circumstances. When we hone-in on our relationship with God and make our circumstances become secondary, we gain CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, and JOY—in ALL circumstances. It’s difficult for us to switch our thinking to grasp that a fuller knowledge of God is REALLY more important than—Him healing us, rescuing us from financial calamity, making us successful, or healing relationships with friends or family—right?
But our relationship with God is CRITICAL—to handle everything else in our life.
We cannot spend the majority of time allowing our immediate needs to crowd out time developing a fuller relationship with GOD. If we do, we will just keep living a thirsty life. We will continue to drink out of an empty cup instead of dipping our cup into God’s well.
God knows how to PERFECTLY handle ALL of our circumstances.
Then…when things are good, we don’t become overconfident and spiritually indifferent because we KNOW God’s presence is ALWAYS our most basic need. Blessings don’t make us so comfortable that we declare our independence from Him. Conversely, bad circumstances don’t cause us to become discouraged or desperate because God’s presence assures us that He is in control.
In God’s presence, we KNOW He is better than our best blessing, and greater than our most terrible trial.
Paul the Apostle wrote:
“I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”Ephesians 3:14-19
When we pursue God with a view towards knowing the “breadth, length, depth and height” of His love, we are filled with the fullness of His presence which equips us for ANY circumstance.
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