SELAH Daily Devotions!
“I called upon the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a large place.” Psalm 118:5
Those who know me, already know how much I love to decorate, redecorate… and decorate again! Several years ago, there was a reformation in the Home Décor arena. Remember that old piece of furniture secretly sequestered in the backroom, garage or attic? Yeah, like your Mother-in-law’s first nightstand! Well it was no longer considered an eyesore, but it resurfaced as ‘shabby chic’.
Of course furniture manufacturers picked up on it and immediately began to build new pieces that resembled those old used and somewhat abused pieces. What was once disgustingly dubbed ‘old-timey’ was now the new ‘distressed’! I can only imagine the timidity of the challenge to abandon traditional artistic craftsmanship to achieve this look.
OMG! The assault and the punishment inflicted upon each piece—painstakingly beaten, burned, chipped and hammered with metal chains, and torched…but once the process was completed the item was pompously positioned on the showroom floor.
Now doesn’t that sound uncomfortably familiar to the what believers go through at the Hand of The Master. Oh, we know, no one actually told us that once we turned the reins of our lives over to Jesus, it would be smooth sailing on The Ol’ Ship of Zion; but for real—we had no clue that life would take on this new persona. After all, we came to Christ to get out of hell, right?
While we’re encouraged to gravitate to the Covenant Promises of God, nevertheless, we’re totally oblivious to the progressive transformation from receiving Christ as Savior to submission to His Lordship! As disciples, we’re taught to pray and believe God to enlarge our territory, increase our anointing and give us wisdom to impact our families, church and communities and God answers our prayers. Unfortunately, we tend to grossly misinterpret the process thru manifestation! It’s the refiner’s fire that produces the purest gold!
Don’t get it twisted! Trusting God to take care of you in the midst of overwhelming stressful circumstances is quite a challenge; but that’s exactly what we must do!
The first step to this amazing transition is acknowledging that God is not trying to harm you. God loves you, and is committed to seeing you reach your highest potential!
Once this Truth is firmly fixed in the seat of your soul, the devil knows he’s in big trouble! That’s why he works double-time to fill your heart with guilt, shame and doubt that God knew exactly what He was getting when HE CHOSE YOU!
Armed with the reality and intimacy of God’s Loyal Love enables you to walk in a state of inward rest, freeing you to experience the strength and encoragement to live the-above-circumstances-abundant-life that Jesus’ sacrifice procured for you. (Ref. John 10:10)
Remember, no matter how out of control life you think your life is, there is NEVER a moment when your Sovereign God is not in ABSOLUTE control of it ALL!
DISTRESSED? DIG-IN AND ENDURE! YOU’RE BEING PROCESSED FOR PRESENTATION!
Pause, Ponder, Pray & Praiz!