TuesdayMarch 28, 2017

Daily Devotional

Cycle of Circumstance

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: March 28, 2017

From Series: A Bout with Doubt

In Topics: All, Comfort, Doubt, Dry Times, Trust, Worry

Read

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

Think

We’re all familiar with the circle of life: birth, childhood, adulthood, and death. As babies breathe their first breath others are breathing their last on this side of eternity. But isn’t it true, especially as adults, that we overlook the cycle of circumstance: change, conflict, and growth? We get so caught up in the what and the why questions that we fail to maintain focus on the Who—God. We start out in a place of orientation, we have clarity and understand our calling. We feel at home and at peace with where we’re at, when suddenly a big change occurs and we are thrust into a season of disorientation. Life no longer makes sense. We begin to worry and question God. We feel at odds with the world around us. This is the precise moment when we need to shift our focus from ourselves to God. Eventually, as things begin to resolve, we enter into a time of reorientation. Here we feel at home again and clarity returns, yet we’re experiencing life in a totally new way. As we push past the breakthrough, we’re thankful not only to be on the other side, but for this new level of understanding and growth.

Where are you in the cycle of circumstance? If you’re in a period of disorientation, keep on praying even when you feel as if God’s not listening. He’s at work in our lives whether we realize it or not. Remember, His ways are higher than ours and His thoughts are not our thoughts. So even when it seems as if the bottom is falling out and nothing makes sense, God has a plan. There’s purpose behind the pain. Trust God, and amazing things will happen in ways you’ve never before imagined.

Pray

Father God, thank You for always meeting me where I am and not where I think I should be. I put my trust in You, knowing if I lean on Your understanding, You will faithfully illuminate by path. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Act

Today, spend a few Psalm 46:10 moments being still before God. Open your heart and allow Him to flood you with His presence.