For I declare to you, you will not see Me again until you say, Blessed (magnified in worship, adored, and exalted) is He Who comes in the name of the Lord! (Amplified Bible)
Do you see the Lord in all things?
And as you go through life, sometimes it’s hard to see God. The things you experience, the situations in your life, can make you feel God is far away. Especially when you are doing what you know to do to please God and things are not going the way you think they should. When the enemy seems to attack from all sides, there are things you need to remind yourself of.
- Your God is the Almighty God; do not be afraid.
Isaiah 41:10 Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
- God will sustain you; it does not matter how it looks.
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it] and He will sustain you; He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail). (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
- God is using your situation for “the” good.
Romans 8:28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. (Amplified Bible AMP)
- God is at work; just trust Him and wait. You will make it through.
Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Eternal One will regain their strength. They will soar on wings as eagles. They will run—never winded, never weary. They will walk—never tired, never faint. (The Voice TVT)
- Be grateful and thankful, no matter what.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will]. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
The reminders will help . You are a soldier; you need to stay ready. How? You worship.
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition AMPC)
Psalm 118:24 This is the day of the Lord’s victory; let us be happy, let us celebrate! (Good News Translation GNT)
If you worship, the enemy can’t cause you to see your circumstances from his perspective. You will always see them from the Father’s perspective, because worship focuses on your Lord and King. To see God in all things, you have to keep your mind on Him.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (New Living Translation NLT)
As you go through your trials, your ups and your downs, be willing to look for God. You must believe God has a plan and whatever situation you are in is a part of it. You must understand His love for you. If you do, you will find Him and see Him at work, then you will worship.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father God, for a long time I struggled with 1 Thessalonians 5:18, “In all things give thanks.” I realized I was struggling because I could not accept what the passage was asking. I thought if I said “for all things,” that would be better. When I changed what I said, I got some relief, however, I still had struggles. I repent for trying to make it easier for me. I should have come to You and accepted Your will. You have taught me it doesn’t really matter whether I am thanking You while I am going through or if I am thanking You because I am going through; You are at work. I have to see You in every situation in my life. I have to know You have all things under control. Sometimes the situations are tough. Sometimes my heart is broken. Sometimes tears roll down my face. Thank You for showing me all of those are the natural responses to my situation. The spiritual response, to any state I am in, is to remember You love me and give You thanks. Thank You for the tears. I can cry. I can feel the hurt. It is okay. Jesus wept. I need to grow from my experiences, which I won’t do if I murmur and complain about them. Your hand is on my life. You have a plan for me. The conclusion of the matter is on the other side of all these situations. I see You at work. I will give thanks, in all things, for all things, about all things and any other reason I can give You thanks for. If I accept You are in control, it’s all right…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.