The road may not be all fun and games


How is your day going? Is everyday fun and games at work? Are you finding that the path may take you places that sometimes feel tedious? Same things day after day? Not sure how it will change? Not sure if it will change? Wondering what’s going to happen next? Are you doing what you are supposed to be doing? Are you being obedient? If so, then as I like to put it, “Do your best and let God take care of the rest!” When we have our priorities in order, we can know and trust God will take care of everything! We hear that when we read “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” stay aligned and obedient and then “and all these things will be added to you.

Today’s reading kicks off with what may have felt like a tedious effort to be undergoing…

5Thus Isaac sent Jacob away. And he went to Paddan-aram, to Laban, the son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob’s and Esau’s mother.

–from Genesis 28

When we are walking out what God has called us to know, we can know and trust Him! Don’t give up on the journey! You may not see it, but we need to grab a hold of the truth that when we are doing what God has called us to do, He is in it, He will never leave us nor abandon us! Do you realize where you are standing? Do you realize where you are sitting? Do you realize where you are has a purpose?

Today’s reading continues with …

10Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep.

–from Genesis 28

Consider what your work provides… What does it provide you? What does it provide those you get to work with? What does it provide your family? What does it provide others? Coming out of the thanksgiving weekend, aren’t you thankful for it? You may not think it is the end all and be all, but aren’t you thank for it? Don’t you get to talk and meet some great people? Don’t you get to be a light for God in this world through it? Don’t you get to learn and experience new things that will help you develop into all that God desires for you to be in and through it? Is there anything you can do differently that would make it better? Is there anything about your view, your perspective, your sensitivity that would allow you to see and know where you are at and then be able to walk out what your purpose and your calling is in and at this point and place in time?

If you checkout the rest of Genesis 28, you realize that the “normal” place that didn’t seem like much at the time was really a place that was more than he knew. It wasn’t just desert, it was the promised land! So don’t miss out because of your own attitude and behavior on what God has planned for you! You aren’t an accident! You were created on purpose for a purpose with a purpose! So consider today! Be receptive to God’s prompting! And shine your light that others may see it and glorify Your Father in Heaven because of the fruit you are bearing and sharing with them! Let’s live today with purpose realizing that God is working and through everything we experience! People are watching to see how we respond to see if we are for real! In our weakness, God’s strength is revealed! (But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.)

Today’s devotional is day 3 from God at Work! The devotional speaks to these verses as follows:

When the Road is Tedious

Day after day, walking in the hot sun, doing what God commanded, feeling the weight of obedience, thinking God was very far away, Jacob was ready for another lesson: God is at work even when the place I find myself in is wearisome. As he fell asleep in the wilderness atmosphere, and the weariness he felt, I’m sure Jacob didn’t realize God had guided his very steps to the exact place where his grandfather had worshiped. It’s amazing. Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are established by the Lord.” Jacob didn’t know it, but God was ordering his journey.

How many times in our lives do we face some tedious regularity and think to ourselves, “Well, God’s not in this.” Jacob stretched out in that field. No obvious clues God was anywhere in that boring neighborhood. And yet God was very much there.

What tedium are you facing in your life and trying to figure out where God is? I talked to a man I respect this week and asked, “How’s it going at work?”

He said, “You know, James, my job provides for my family and it gives me an opportunity to serve God. I don’t love my job, but I’m thankful for it.”

Man, is he ever right on. Do you know God is in that place where you work? Even if it seems so regular, He’s right there!

Prayer: Father, sometimes I wonder about the value of a particular day. Did You work through me? I realize these questions are sometimes the mistake of insisting on seeing results, but I also want to make sure that I’m not slipping into a casual and careless life that isn’t attentive to You. Lord, please remind me how You demonstrate Your power by working in the weakest, tedious places in my life—for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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