Phil Fischer with Jesus Lives – Devotion “Is God Helping Us to Let Go?”
Here’s a thought. Could the state of this world, America in particular, be God’s way of waking us up and bringing us to our knees? Political, social, economic, and spiritual unrest is everywhere. Life is tense. Consider how life has changed in just the past nine months. The life we once knew seems to be unraveling. Things have fallen apart, and I don’t like how life has been rearranged. Wearing masks, social distancing, political uncertainty, lost jobs, and lost homes makes me want to let go of this world and practice my rapture jumping. Going to the Word helps me when I struggle with frustration and anxiety. Thankfully, my faith in God’s love is steadfast. Therefore, I can take each day as it comes and walk through it.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:1 (ESV)
“You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.” Matthew 24:6-8 (NIV)
Change is hard. It takes us out of our routines and teaches us to walk day-by-day in the will of God. Change is not comfortable. The unknown can be prickly and cumbersome. Change keeps us on our toes and fine-tunes our spiritual discernment. Change asks us to submit to new practices. Old routines are transformed into new routines. Although God asks us to adapt, He will never ask us to submit to practices contrary to His will.
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Living day-by-day means the future may be blurred because the future is constantly changing. Where we live, who we meet, where we work, when we die is in the hands of our Savior. We must carry on living out the life we’ve been given… as if each day is our last. There are things we must do for the Father. But there is a future we can hold tight with a joyful hope. This future is built on an eternal foundation and is not made by the hands of man. Our heavenly home is what we cling to and this blessed hope enables us to run our spiritual race here on earth. The vision of our future home makes it easier to let go of the things in this world.
“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV)
“Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Hebrews 11:16 (NIV)
So, are these times of confusion and uncertainty really God’s design? The present days are filled with chaos, but we know God is one who establishes order. He is not a God of confusion or one who smiles on chaos unless He uses these tactics to attack enemies.
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” 1 Corinthians 14:40 (NIV)
“I will send My terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter.
I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.” Exodus 23:27 (NIV)
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.” 1 Co 14:33 (NIV)
The devil likes to use chaos to confuse God’s people. He uses this strategy to trap and cripple believers. If you find yourself confused or in the midst of chaos, PRAY! Not only will you find yourself under God’s protection and guidance, but the schemes of the enemy will be exposed. Confusion and chaos chips away our confidence in God and leads us into fear, doubt, and eventually deception.
Yes, we are living in unprecedented times. We have to live each day relying on God’s provision and strength. We can’t be like Lot’s wife, looking back toward our old life of comfort and routine. Instead, we need to keep a loose grip on the things of this world, laying up incorruptible treasures in heaven instead. When we surrender all to God, we’ll find life much easier and enjoy a peace that transcends all understanding.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 (NKJV)