Ok, so we made it through 2020. There were a lot of bumps in the road. There were a lot of valley times. There were a lot of storms. There were even times when it felt like we were thrown into the furnace. But did write down or log what was taking place? Did you capture what was really happening so that you can reflect on it? Did you create any altars to God or monuments to God when He came through? Did you take time yet to reflect on everything that happened and find yourself amazed? Did you take time yet to reflect on everything that happened and find yourself in awe? Did you take time yet to reflect on everything and seek the reason or the purpose for it? Was the furnace to help refine you or your skills or gifts or talents? Was the storm to get you to lean in more on God and let go and let God? Was the valley to help you see the mountains and how no matter what God never left you and never abandoned you? Was it so that you would be able to feel God’s comfort in the midst of the crazy? Was it so that you would be able to feel God’s leading and guiding to help you get through it? So as we step up and step into 2021 are you ready for the Joshua calling on your life to be bold and courageous? Are you ready to step up and lead people into the presence and the promises of God? Are you ready to share the awe and wonders of God with the world around you? Will you share the pit experiences and how it helped you come out stronger on the other side? stronger in faith? stronger in perseverance? stronger in endurance? stronger in hope? stronger in trust? stronger in love? …
Do you realize that we never really get to see ourselves as others do? We can see a reflection of it in the mirror. We can see a snippet of it through a picture. But we can’t see us and so the only thing we can do is look at the reflections and seek feedback to get a better understanding of what we look like. God tells us how He sees us through His Word. Others require an invitation to open the door to get feedback. So we need a way to get that reflection in a way that is consumable and understandable and actionable if there are changes required. So are you going to take a moment to be able to reflect on how good our God is? Are you going to take a moment to be able to enjoy the awe and wonders of God in and through your life? Are you going to take a moment to be able to look in awe and wonder at all that God was able to do in and through this last year? Are you ready to find it and reset your focus, your purpose, and your plan for 2021 in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name?
The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 13th
Our need for awe
MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Job 37:14
‘“Listen to this, O Job; Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.’
POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
- Job for the longest time didn’t have much meaning to me, till that time when I was going through a lot of trials and troubles and pain.
- Job after that time always made me wonder what was going to happen and what lesson I was to learn in and through it.
- I remember back in 2013 how as I was job hunting while continuing in my current job how the book of Job showed up and I was like “really? do we have to do this now?” But the coolest part of it was how on my last day on my job and the day before I was about to start a new journey, I reached the end of Job and to this day as I walk through my life in this new job at a new company (it’s been a while now) I reflect on God’s promise of Job 42:12 which says how Job’s second half of his life was twice as good as the first. It was that light at the end of the tunnel. It was that moment of awe and wonder and how incredible God is. I have read Job year after year as part of my readings but this reality didn’t hit home till that day in 2013.
- Now when Job comes up in my reading plan I am excited to discover the lesson God has for me. I am excited for the great things of awe and wonder that will happen through the process. God is so good!
- In those tough time the devil will try to lie, steal, and destroy the goodness of God.
- In those tough times the devil will speak lies in hopes of drawing you away from God, when in reality it is the time when you need to stay closer than ever.
- In those times the devil will try to stir up doubt and fear in order to destroy, kill, you and your spirit and your morale.
- In those times the devil will try to stir up doubt and worries in order to destroy, kill your view of God’s power and promises.
- Don’t be fooled! Don’t get fooled! Trust in God with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.
- During those lows it may even be your friends, your family, your coworkers, your boss who try to cast blame on you or point fingers.
- God is able to take that frown and turn it upside down!
- God is able to meet us in the midst of the pain and refresh us by showing us all of His wonderful things.
- Don’t be shaken! When you are feeling your faith being shaken, look to God’s creation to have your faith rekindled!
- Check out More than Meets the Eye by Dr. Richard Swenson where he describes in vivid detail the macro-wonders and micro-wonders of God’s creation. He draws on his experience as a medical doctor and his background in the natural sciences to reveal the genius, artistic, powerful God of creation.
- Consider the awe of the universe from stars to galaxies to planets and more…
- Consider the awe of the human body from DNA to nerves to organs and more…
- God is interested in the big things and the little things.
- There is no prayer too big or too small to give God.
- So are you willing to stop and take inventory of all God has done?
- Are you willing to pause long enough to look at His creation in awe?
- Are you willing to pause long enough to stop trying to see everything as a problem to be fixed and instead pause and realize how big our God is compared to any problem we may face?
- Going through a tough time? Pause and take time to find awe and wonder in God’s power, presence, purpose, and creation in all of nature and the universe.
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
When was the last time you were overwhelmed with a sense of wonder?
- Closing out 2020 when I got a moment to pause and I noticed what God had been doing in and through the struggles and trials and challenges to prepare me.
- He knew what needed to change, removed, adjusted for me to be willing and able to move on.
- He knew that by making the world feel shaky that I would have to let go and let God.
- He knew that by making the world feel shaky that I would have to let go of the things of the world and hold on tighter to the things of God.
What’s the connection between wonder and daily faith?
- It is fuel to the fire of faith.
- It builds faith stronger and hotter.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Today’s reading from Tanakh:
- Genesis 21
- God provided the promised son Isaac
- Genesis 22
- God tested Abraham to show how much he trusted God and provided a ram for the sacrifice
- Abraham trusted that God would provide the sacrifice
- Abraham would not withhold anything from God.
- Genesis 23
- Abraham bought the field and cave in order to bury Sarah
So will you take time to reflect on the awe and the wonder in order to build up your faith? Will you lean on God rather than your own understanding in order for Him to make your path straight? Will you put God first and seek His Kingdom and His righteousness in order to have Him take care of the other things? Will you reflect in awe and realize how awesome it was?
Were are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.