October 2016 Devotional
Devotional taken from “Live Loved-Experiencing God’s Presence in Everyday Life” a devotional by Max Lucado
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
A Hope-Filled People
If you look hard enough and long enough, you’ll find something to complain about.
Adam and Eve did. Doesn’t the bite into the forbidden fruit reflect a feeling of discontent? Surrounded by all they needed, they set their eyes on the one thing they couldn’t have. They found something to complain about.
The followers of Moses did. They could have focused on the miracle: Red Sea becoming the Yellow Brick Road, fire escorting them by night and a cloud accompanying them by day, manna reflecting the morning sunrise and quail scampering into the camp at night. Instead they focused on their problems. They sketched pictures of Egypt, daydreamed of pyramids, and complained that life in the desert wasn’t for them. They found something to complain about.
What about you? What are you looking at? The one fruit you can’t eat? Or the million you can? The manna or the misery? His plan or your problems? Each a gift or a grind?
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever thing are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
This is more than a silver-lining attitude, more than seeing the cup as half full rather than half empty. This is an admission that unseen favorable forces populate and direct the affairs of humanity. When we see as God wants us to see, we see heaven’s hand in the midst of sickness…the Holy Spirit comforting a broken heart. We see not what is seen, but what is unseen. We see with faith and not flesh, and since faith begets hope, we of all people are hope filled. For we know there is more to life than what meets the eye.
Dear Lord, forgive us when we fail to recognize your hand in our lives. Be patient with us when we focus on our own small plans and fail to see your grand design for our lives. Increase our faith so that we see only your daily love and care, amen.
Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God. Psalm 146:5
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.Jeremiah 29:11
Soror Vanessa mcDowell