Friday, January 31, 2020
It’s Friday, and our mood is typically up.
Come Monday morning we are frequently down.
Those are the bookends of an average roller coaster work week for most of us. Up and down emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. Some of us run that cycle several times a day as circumstances and people play games with our attitudes. How many of these bumps could be resolved if we would just recognize the truth that no person or event has any power over our attitudes? Attitudes are completely and exclusively our choice.
Here’s a blessing I received from the Lord recently. I awoke at 4:15 AM and did my very best to go back to sleep. I couldn’t. So I thought about things and prayed.
I thought about the message I had preached on Sunday, and how people still listen through filters. I prayed for them.
I thought about how busy I have been, and how I probably wouldn’t have time to go home until after the meetings I had that night. I prayed for strength and good time-management skills to get everything done.
I thought about the ministry vision God has given me, and how to bring others into that vision to accomplish Christ’s redemptive purpose. I prayed for wisdom and gentleness to lead people in paths of righteousness.
I thought about my emotional responses to the aforementioned items, and realized that I had allowed my attitudes to be adjusted by those circumstances and people, both up and down. The down part bothered me. I finally got out of bed.
When I went to the couch and sat down with my laptop, I opened my Bible program and went to Isaiah 60 and read the whole chapter again. When I got to verses 19 and 20 I stopped. God spoke truth into my mind and heart. He worked the truth deep into my soul and spirit.
Isaiah 60:19-20 “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. 20 Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.”
God spoke clearly.
“When you trust me, there are no more ups and downs. Your life right now is like the rising and setting of the sun and the waning of the moon. Trust me, and the ups and downs will be replaced with the consistency of My eternal light. Stop looking to people or circumstances to validate or determine your feelings and attitudes. Let me be your glory.”
That’s what I need every day. I hope it helps you too.