Weekly Devotion #1
“All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12
Think about all of the things that have never made sense or seemed unfair or have hurt you in your life… It seems like this big question: “WHY,” keeps popping into your head… Why am I struggling in my finances? Why is my family member sick? Why are my kids going down the wrong road? Why do I wake up every day with crippling anxiety / depression? Why do I keep falling back into this addiction? Why am I always so hard on myself? Why does one bad thing happen after the next? Why do I read the Bible and learn that God is always good, but when I look at my own life it’s really hard to see..? Why do I have so many questions about my pain and suffering? Why… Why… Why..? I wish I had an answer for this, but honestly it’s an unknown to me as well… But I do know that regardless of how we feel, God is always faithful to us. He always works all things for good in our lives… and although our understanding right now is partial and incomplete — where we have so many questions with no answers…. there will be a day when we will know everything completely, just as God now knows us completely! There will be a day where everything just makes sense…. and on this day, we will never have to worry about anything ever again! We will never be hurt ever again! We will understand all of the questions once asked as we stare into the eyes of our Savior Jesus. I imagine being in such awe that there’s only three words I can get off my lips: “I love You.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 wraps up the chapter so beautifuly, and I believe this is a word for the present moment as well as eternity: “Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.” What would our lives look like if we truly believed this? What if we turned our “WHY” into WORSHIP… Let us praise before our breakthrough! Before we see God at work, what if we worshipped as if He was already moving? Here’s how I like to look at it: a tree has to start as a seed… As that seed is buried in the ground, we can’t see the work that’s happening, but as we all know, that seed is establishing it’s roots so that when it sprouts above the soil it is strong. I believe that this is how God works in our lives as well… Often times, when we don’t physically see God working in the midst of our mess we feel like He’s not there… But in reality, He’s just working underneath the surface to strengthen you for the breakthrough that’s to come! So I encourage you, stop trying to search for all the answers because you will never find satisfaction. Fix your eyes on the Lord and trust that He is good to you. There will come a day when our understanding is made complete — but in the meantime, let God be the Source of your life and receive His invitation of peace, joy, and love!