PJ’s Daily Devotional for Wednesday, March 1, 2017.
Are you on plan for today or are you being distracted by all that is going on around you?
I love how the Word of God is always on time: “As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good” (2 Thessalonians 3:13). When I read these words first thing this morning, I heard God say: “work the plan!” You see, God has a plan for our lives, but to know it we must know and claim His promises for our lives, pause to pray, keep our eyes on His perspectives, and keep working the plan.
God is our strength, our portion, and our shield. He delivers us in times of temptation. He forgives us in times of wandering. He empowers us in times of prayers. He animates us in times of exhaustion. He shields us in times of vulnerability. Though we may walk through the Valley of the Shadow, God is with us and He will strengthen us with His rod and staff!
I was reminded recently of the importance of prayer. As I felt at the end of myself and was vulnerable enough to share that through this daily devotional, within hours I had hundreds of people praying for me. A day that seemed to have some of the hardest elements of pastoral ministry built into it, God filled with Truth and grace, Word and Spirit, peace and comfort. At the end of the 12 hours of privileged ministry opportunities, the Lord allowed me the joy of spending time with my family—reading and praying with my children, and then praying with my wife. I slept in the midst of thunderstorms raging outside and awoke to see the first light of the day break through the persistent storm, reminding me of God’s fresh mercies.
God is strong! No matter what today may hold, learn from me and the countless testimonies of so many who have gone before us, that God is able! God is sufficient and His grace will carry you through.
Claim the Promises of God for your life – Pause to Pray—Keep your eyes on God’s perspective—Keep working God’s plan for your life. Or as Paul says, “Do not grow weary in doing good!”
I leave with you today, this prayer to pause in and receive as yours, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ” (2 Thessalonians 3:3-5).
So, hang onto Jesus with all your might, but when your grip fails you (because we all are weak!), know that God’s grip will never let go. The Lord will carry you through whatever it is you are going through today. God is a good shepherd!