“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting his own ideas; he will be telling you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. He will bring me glory by revealing to you whatever he receives from me. All that the Father has is mine; this is what I mean when I say that the Spirit will reveal to you whatever he receives from me.” John 16:13-15
Just a few years ago you would have found me on any given morning studying God’s Word for hours at a time (and I mean hours). I would arise early with my Strong’s Concordance in hand and delve into God’s Word, looking up the Greek and Hebrew to better understand the context and the root meaning of each precious word. Ah…those were the good old days. And although these hours of study were rich and powerful, I am on a new journey – the journey of motherhood and boy has things changed concerning my quiet time!!!
Now a day, you will find me asking for supernatural help just to get out of bed. Sometimes I hit my elliptical machine with my Bible and devotional propped on its stand and other days you will find me sipping coffee and thanking God for just twenty minutes of quiet to be with Him! And although I used to think that the former days of deep study were better, I have sense changed my mind.
You see, there is a time to study, but there is also a time to rest – can I get an Amen from someone? I have come to an amazing revelation that God loves me whether I spend hours with Him or just ten minutes! Spending time with God is not for His benefit, but it is for my benefit alone. And whether I have hours or just a few minutes to spend with Him, my time can be rich and powerful because my sweet Jesus will meet me where I am in life. God knows just what I need and in His omnipotence He surpasses earthly time.
Trust me, I know that our lives are hectic and that finding time with God can be a challenge, but let me encourage you that just a few minutes with God can change your day and your life! Jesus longs to be with you and all you have to do is acknowledge His Presence and spend a few moments praising Him and welcoming Him into your everyday, ordinary life. Hours or minutes ladies, it doesn’t matter, just inviting God into your daily schedule will transform you inside and out.
“Lord, thank you for Your grace and meeting me where I am in life. I choose this day to find time to spend with You, whether it is hours or minutes You will meet me when I acknowledge Your name. I need You each day. I ask for a windfall of Your Presence and Peace to fill my mind and spirit as I walk through each day with You. I love You and I will worship You all the days of my life. Amen.”
“And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commands or not.” Deuteronomy 8:2
“This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears our complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us, but against the Lord.” Exodus 16:8
When the challenges of life seem to be piling up around us to the point that we can barely breathe because of it’s weight – hold on – because it is just a test! The truth is that all of us will be tested on this side of heaven, but it is important to remember that this world is temporal and heaven is eternal! No matter what we are going through on earth, it is just a test and God will see us through.
Lately, my husband and I have been tested in areas of integrity, giving, and false responsibility. And although these tests may seem trivial to you, they have been huge for us. Yet, God has reminded me that this is just a test and that with His grace we can overcome every obstacle that comes our way!
Could it be that your current struggles are just a test? I declare to you today that what you are going through is temporal and that your true destiny is to reign forever with God in heaven where there is no sorrow or lack! What you are going through at this time is just a test!
So, if your situation is just a test then I have to ask you, how are you responding to it? Are you freaking out and complaining to yourself and everyone around you or are you grabbing onto Jesus and His Word. Are you deep in discouragement or praising Him before you see your breakthrough? Are you doubting and questioning God’s faithfulness or are you rehearsing all that God has done for you in the past and choosing to praise Him in advance for moving on your behalf? Are you running away from God or running to Him? Are you allowing bitterness and envy to poison your heart or are you rejoicing with those around you who are in a season of prosperity? Selah (pause and think about this for a moment).
My prayer is that we continually remember that EVERYTHING we encounter on this side of heaven is just a test and if we stay close to Jesus, we will pass with flying colors! Let’s choose this day to keep our eyes toward heaven and declare: “This is just a test and I am going to pass in Jesus Name!”
“Lord, forgive me for grumbling and complaining. I have been so earthly-focused. I choose this day to look toward heaven and declare that what I am going through is just a test! God is faithful and with His help, I will pass this test with an A! I give you my life God and I ask that You strengthen me at this time. May Your goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life. Amen.”
“Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up. The servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.” So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink. And when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw water for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” Then she quickly emptied her pitcher into the trough, ran back to the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.” Genesis 24: 16-20
You may be wondering how the scripture above can be applied to your everyday, ordinary life, but if you will take a closer look at this story with me, I will show you how miracles can happen around you while you perform the mundane tasks of your day. First, let me mention that Rebekah is the eldest daughter in her home and she is simply going about her daily ritual of drawing water from the well. Upon her return she notices a foreign gentlemen approaching her along the path. He asks her for a drink of water from her pitcher and amazingly Rebekah not only agrees to draw water for him to drink, but also for his camels as well!
May I just add here, that no one would have known if she chose to deny this stranger a sip of water. Perhaps Rebekah was having a bad hair day or had a list of things yet to accomplish on her to-do list, but instead of wallowing in self-piety or self-preoccupation, Rebekah chose to serve a complete stranger for no reward or wage.
Our Rebekah is a beautiful picture of a servant who is faithful to perform not only her daily tasks, but available to serve others. Yet what she did not know was that this man was on assignment from God to select a wife for Issac. And it was her faithfulness in her everyday, ordinary life that positioned her to be God’s choice for His Kingdom purposes. The fact that she gave this stranger water from her pitcher and then went above and beyond his request shows us the integrity and quality of her character, and why God would place her in the right place, at the right time, with the right person who would unlock her destiny.
It was through Rebekah’s willingness to embrace her everyday, ordinary life that opened wide her destiny for the Kingdom of God! You see, although Rebekah was a mighty woman in her own right, she would later become the mother of Jacob and the grandmother to Joseph, who wore the coat of many colors. Her family line and legacy of faith is still teaching and influencing our generation today.
I know that it is easy to become bored with our daily routine in life. And many of you today may be wondering if you are making a difference for the Kingdom of God? But I am here to declare to you today: You are a blessing! And if you also will be faithful in your everyday, ordinary life, God will meet you there and miracles will be revealed before your eyes. God will put you in the right place, at the right time and in front of the right people for Kingdom purposes!
“Lord, help me to be faithful in my everyday, ordinary life. I confess that I have lost my ability to expect miracles as I go about my day. Open my eyes to see that You are always with me. Open my ears to hear Your direction for me today. Open my heart to have the same willingness of Rebekah to serve a stranger in need. As I am faithful in little, God can entrust me with much. Amen.”