Can you deal with significant change? Can you do it with a small amount of stuff?
Imagine if you had to pack in a carry-on back for formal visit to -30 degree weather, casual trip thru snow -15 degrees, and business trip in 70 degree weather and then back to 20-30 degree weather a couple days later. Significant change and only a small amount of place to put stuff. Are you ready for it? Are you setting yourself up for success? Do you have a plan to be able to deal with it? Do you know what is essential? Do you know is optional? Do you know how to make it all fit?
Can you deal with change? Well today on another subject I am starting a new journey through the Bible, a new 265 journey, and wasn’t sure till this morning when I picked one which one it would be. There will be change from the past posts because it is in a different format having a devotional as well as readings from the Bible. So there will be change! There will be only a small amount of stuff to be able to carry. Put it is powerful and God will use it to speak daily into my life and into this blog I share with all of you.
Day 1: Devotional, Psalms 1, Matthew 1, Genesis 1, Genesis 2:1-17
Will you make a plan? Will you stick to it? Will you persevere? Will you get it done? Will you stick with it till it is complete?
Time for a fresh start! Each year! (Jan 1 – a time to reflect and a time to consider) Each week! (Sunday – a time to reflect and a time to consider as the week begins) Each day! (you wake up – a time to reflect and a time to consider what today will bring)
As we ponder this, let’s consider the first 3 words of the Bible…
In the beginning… – from Genesis 1:1
God got started! God started the clock! and it started with in the beginning…
So are you ready for a new beginning starting today? Are you ready for new opportunities that start today? Are you ready for the change that it will bring with it? Are you willing to accept the change so that you can move forward? Are you willing to persevere thru it till the end with success and victory?
First things first – let’s put God first and make time to spend with Him daily by taking time to read thru His Word and meditate on what He has to say to us in preparation for this new day! So let’s delight in God’s Word! Let’s find pleasure, happiness, joy, glee, gladness, excitement, amusement, bliss, rapture, elation and euphoria in reading God’s Word daily! Let’s take hold of the promises of reading God’s Word of fruitfulness, vitality, and prosperity! Let’s focus beyond the temporal all the way into the eternal where we can spend it with God! Let’s start our relationship with God here and now so that we will continue it and spend all of eternity in that relationship with Him!
For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction. –from Psalms 1:6
From the old testament to the new testament, God’s Word points to Jesus and so we need to focus on Jesus in the same way! So our second big thing is to have our lives focus on Jesus! To invite Him into our heart! To walk and talk with Him daily thru prayer so that in every situation His wisdom can lead us and guide us! It’s our relationship with Jesus that will help us walk our His higher calling and receive the gift He provided of forgiveness and reconciliation to God! Our past doesn’t define us just as Jesus’ past didn’t define Him! Yes our past has some messes in it! Yes our past has some ups and downs! And just because we weren’t perfect and our family tree wasn’t perfect doesn’t mean we can’t have a relationship with God or become everything God desires for us to be! We can see this even in today’s reading where we read Jesus’ family tree and the people who were in that! Labels don’t define us! What we’ve done or how we’ve lived doesn’t mean that is where we have to stay! Our mistakes of our past don’t have to define who we are and where we are going!
3 Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar
–Tamar – the adulteress
5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth
–Rahab – the prostitute and Ruth – the non-Jewish Moabite
6 and Jesse the father of King David. David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife
— Solomon – who was conceived after King David’s adulterous affair with Bathsheba
–Matthew 1 —
Our greatest need is forgiveness and that is exactly why Jesus came! He came to save the lost! He came to save us from our sins! He came that we could find forgiveness! He came that we could be forgiven of our sins! He came that we could be reconciled back to God! Forgiveness is the key! It’s the key to our relationship with God! It’s the key to our relationship with others!
God can take our past, the brokenness, the sinfulness, and turn it around and use what the devil had planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good! To do that we need to turn things around and to do that takes a savior and His name is Jesus! He paid the price so that no matter what it was, He paid it all when He gave His life for each of us on the cross!
Jesus completed the old testament prophecies! Jesus is the climax of the old testament story! Jesus fulfilled what the old testament had foretold! Jesus came to complete us too! The emptiness in our hearts — the place we need to invite Jesus into our lives! Jesus is the answer to our lives! He is the answer for our marriages! He is the answer for our families! He is the answer for our work and our workplaces! He is the answer for our friendships and relationships! He is the answer for our memories and for our dreams! Jesus is the answer and it doesn’t matter what the question is!
So let’s be prepared! We aren’t accidents! God knew what He was doing! He created you on purpose for a purpose! Just like in Genesis 1 when “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”, God similarly planned out and purposed for us to be born and the lives He desires for us! We have been created in the image of God! So we need to treat everyone with dignity, respect, and love! God created everything, so let’s enjoy it! Let’s worship God for what He has done rather than lifting up the created things! Let’s enjoy the beauty! Let’s enjoy the majesty of it all! The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! He created the stars in the sky! Let’s praise God of every good gift He has provided us!
Many people have questions about the “how” and “when” of creation, however, God gives us a complementary set of answers in the “who” and “why”! There are so many who are trying to disprove God, but everything science has shown us is complementary to everything God has told us! God in His three persons was there! God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit!
And let’s remember to take time to rest! It’s not a suggestion or an idea, it’s an important part of life! We need to be like God and take time to enjoy what we have done! Take time to rest! Take time to reflect on what we have done or created and enjoy it! Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Let’s take time to enjoy the good and avoid the evil!
In this world there will be challenges! In this world we will have trials! But we can take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! We need to see beyond the world and take hold of what God has already prepared and done for us! Let’s finish strong the good work God has prepared in advance for us to do! Let’s not grow weary in doing good work!
We need to accept God’s calling on our life!
We need to enjoy the creations of God which are good!
We need to be obedient to God’s commands and receive Jesus to be our Lord and Savior!