Spending time with God is worth our time. Many days are full of hustle and bustle…and I want you to know that is okay. God knows your heart and your desire to be close to Him. And on those days you are struggling to be near to Him, remind yourself that you are already approved by Him. There is nothing you have to do to receive His blessing because Jesus secured your salvation on the cross. You can rest in His finished work.
He knows your every thought.
He sees your every struggle.
He captures your every failure.
And then He says, “You’re enough.”
Read 1 Kings 17:8-16. A widow lived with her son and was struggling to make ends meet. Things were dire, as the famine made food scarce. When she was ready to give up and throw in the towel, Elijah said to her, “Do not fear” (v. 13). Such a great reminder for us when our lives start to spiral out of control. Above all, Elijah pointed her back to truth.
We can stand firm on the Word of God. When God ordains the end, He will provide the means to get there. Because God loves drama, He is inviting us to sit down and enjoy the show. Every time there is a disadvantage, God shows up to win. Therefore, remind yourself of the stories of old like the Israelites held captive by the Pharoah. Esther’s people about to die. Daniel in the lion’s den. King David on the run for his life. Why even the precious baby Jesus was sent here for the cross.
But the stories don’t stop there. We turn the page. We keep reading. The victory has been won! This is why Elijah confidently proclaimed, “Do not fear.” Not at this moment…or the days to come.
It’s not about what we do, or how many friends we have, or where we live, or the color of our skin. Nor is it about our marital status, or age, or our bank account balance. Keeping up with the neighbors or finding the perfect gifts for Christmas does not dictate your worth. Because it is not about us, we can stop the striving. It is all about Jesus and what He did.
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom. 14:17