In the creation story found in Genesis, God creates the world and everything in it. On the seventh day Genesis tells us that God rested. God gave us the seventh day to rest as well. Working around the house, going into the office for a few hours or fussing about some difficulty you are facing is not what God had in mind for us.
He wants us to take the day to nourish our body physically with rest and spiritually through worshiping Him. For some, “doing nothing” is hard to do but it is what God wants for us. I think you will find that by resting on Sunday, you will start your new week refreshed mentally, physically and spiritually and able to handle just about any challenge you might face.
To my way of thinking if it’s good enough for God then it’s good enough for me. What about you?
God gives clarity to us through difficult times. As we learn that His ways are higher than ours, we gain greater understanding of His amazing attributes. At the same time, our self-awareness starts to sharpen, and old unproductive thought patterns begin to fade.
God promises that He’ll never desert us. Our brokenness can bring a feeling of emptiness as we are losing things that once captured our loyalty. But our Father replaces those with Himself—and He is vastly more satisfying and dependable.
When you’re confronted with hardship, remember God’s promises and keep your eyes fixed on the goal. He wants to help you reach your full potential.
Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.—2 Peter 1:4
The Bible is a gold mine of promises for believers. During any season, but especially in hard times, God’s promises provide an anchor for our soul. They give us hope and enable us to be courageous and bold when facing challenges.
Many individuals do not rely on God’s assurances. There are two reasons for this. First, some people are unaware of His promises. Second, others simply do not believe them to be true. A lot of believers can quote Scripture, but when they face a daunting trial—like a job loss or frightening diagnosis—their confidence wavers and doubt prevails.
Jesus gives believers assurance of protection, hope, eternal security, counsel, and guidance in the Scriptures. Do you trust Him?
Study, memorize, meditate on, and claim these biblical truths. Then, when trials arise, you’ll have an anchor to keep you steady.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight.”—Proverbs 3:5-6
Friday is a day of the week so many look forward to because it represents the coming of the weekend and time for relaxation. Relaxation that does not involve worrying about anything. Just taking it easy is the way to go. Oh, of course the troubles and worries of the week are still there but now is not the time to think about them, or is it?
Prayer time, bible reading and worship throughout the week will give you the peace you need to handle whatever comes your way during the week. There is no need to wait until the weekend to blow off steam. Going to God in prayer and blowing off steam, and yes it’s OK to do that with God because He already knows what you’re dealing with, is permissible.
Asking for, waiting for and receiving God’s guidance on how to live your life and handle the daily pitfalls is as close as a prayer. God understands what you’re going through and wants to help if you’ll let Him.
Before you start your weekend, pray and ask God what’s the best way to live your life and handle the challenges you face. He will be happy to answer you and will invite you to worship Him daily from then on.
Give God a chance. He won’t let you down.
13To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate arrogant pride, evil conduct, and perverse speech. 14Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight and strength.—Proverbs 8:13-14
Do you think of yourself as a failure? No one likes being a failure. But there’s a reason for it. Your failures can often be a result of too much pride, which scripture clearly and repeatedly says the Lord hates (Prov. 6:16-17; Prov. 8:13; Prov. 16:5). Our pride can keep us from hearing God’s voice. And if that’s the case in your life, God knows exactly how to challenge your proud attitude—with a good dose of failure.
God still speaks to us through our failure. If it keeps us on His path to our success, isn’t the setback worth it? In the future when an unexpected failure occurs, try to be aware of your response. Don’t get upset. There’s no need to beat yourself up because you failed.
Instead, admit your errors to God and seek His insight. Ask Him, “Lord, what are You trying to tell me in this?” and our heavenly Father will guide you. We can give thanks for God’s correction, knowing it comes from His great love for us.
“I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.”—Philipians 4:13
Do you have days when it seems like nothing works? Your plans go awry; your job project gets canceled; and your car wouldn’t start in the morning. What a way to start the day. Or is it?
God waits for us to enter into His presence first thing in the morning. When we’ve spent time in His word and in prayer we come away from that time with a sense of peace that we can face and deal with just about anything the enemy will throw at us.
So, when your car doesn’t start in the morning you look at God and say thank you for the time we had together and the strength you’ve given me to deal with anything the world throws at me. Surprisingly, in some instances after telling God how you feel, you think to try once more in starting your car and it does.
I’m not saying that every time you have a problem or challenge and you pray about it you will get an immediate answer like in my example above. We’ve all experienced the “waiting” on God to answer our prayer. But, it’s what you say and do and how you act while waiting that encourages others to see that God is in your corner.
The devil waits for opportunities like the above to destroy our witness. When we buy into his emotional displays he has won. But, when we meditate on God’s word and react with calmness our witness to others is praise worthy.
According to Psalm 91:14, “The LORD says, ‘I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name.’” God is your guardian, separating you from evil. So, why do bad things happen to us?
You and God may have different definitions for the word bad. God not only read your story…he wrote it. His perspective is different and his purpose is clear. He uses struggles to toughen our spiritual skin. James urges us to “consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides…Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way” (James 1:2,4).
Trust God’s sovereignty. He is directing your steps and delighting in every detail of your life. Don’t you feel better knowing he is in control?