Monday, September 16 – “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25) You are worried about many things. Take the time today to analyze that which worries you. How much of your worrying is focused on things that you can control? How much of your worrying is focused on things out of your control? Make a list and cross off all of the things that you are worrying about today that are beyond your ability to control. The only thing that you can control in this life is yourself. Make a deal with yourself today that you will eliminate all of the stuff on your list about which you can do nothing. Turn all of that stuff over to God. This might take a while because you have been worrying about all of this stuff for a very long time. Don’t try to build Rome in a day. Take one step today, one step tomorrow and so on. God will help you. Learn how to wait on purpose.
Tuesday, September 17 – “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29) Rest for your soul is what you are seeking. This is known by another term – peace. Peace is what we lack, and this lack of peace brings about worry, stress, strain and anxiety. There are many reasons why people lack peace, but one of the biggest causes of this phenomenon is the need to control that which is impossible for us to control. Just what makes you think that you are the one who has been ordained to control every aspect of life? Who taught you that you must take care of everything and everyone? This isn’t the way of God, this is the way of the world. As we live life we are taught that everything is up to us. We are responsible for everything. Thus, we need to make sure that we are handling everything perfectly. What pressure! We learn that leaning on anyone or anything is a sign of weakness. Waiting on the Lord is not our strong suit. We have to learn how do all of this through practice. We must practice waiting on purpose.
Wednesday, September 18 – “Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” (John 12:27) You will never fully understand everything that God is up to. Something that happens in your life might fit your definition of bad. Yet, from God’s eternal perspective, it is the best thing that could have happened. Not that we aren’t allowed to belly-ache to God about a specific situation, but be very careful when you ask God to remove something that just might be the best thing for you. It isn’t your job to dictate the course of life. It is your job to lean on God in the midst of the course of life. The age-old question is why do bad things happen to good people? This question is flawed for you and I don’t have the ability to define “good” or “bad”. Only God has the ability to dictate what is truly good and what is truly bad. Again, there is no problem with being open and honest with God about how you feel, but today I invite you to get good at waiting on purpose when it comes to the things of this life. God is up to something.
Thursday, September 19 – “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) If you can’t control all of those things that you crossed off of your list on Monday, what then are you to do with all of your time? Afterall, you spent a great deal of your time worrying about all of those things in your life. Well, our verse for today gives you the answer. Spend your time acting justly in every situation that you find yourself. Spend your time loving mercy and walking humbly with God. These three things are a full-time job. Here is the interesting fact, once you get good at spending your time on these three things, you will find that your worrying will decrease, your patience will increase and your utter, simplistic joy in life will return. Remember how it was when you were a child? Life was an adventure. Everything was new and joy was a constant. Your worry, your stress, your anxiety blots out your joy because you think you need to control everything. Rid your life of worry, stress and anxiety and you will get good on leaning into God. When you get good at leaning into God, you will get good at waiting on purpose.
Friday, September 20 – “But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell?” (Job 28:12) These are your questions for this weekend. You seek wisdom all the time. You Google when you need to find something out. You YouTube tutorials on how to do projects around the house. You read reviews before you try out that new restaurant or go to see that new movie. You ask your friends for advice. Wisdom and understanding are what all of us seek. Have you ever considered that wisdom and understanding will be found when you wait on the Lord? Do you consider waiting an un-action? Something that is only done when there is no other alternative like when you want to ride that new roller coaster? Many of us believe that waiting is boring and a waste of time. Yet, what if the waiting is the very place that God is found? When you find God, you find wisdom and understanding. Too many times we miss God because we refuse to wait. We get so impatient that we miss that which we are seeking. This weekend I invite you to get good at waiting on purpose. The purpose of finding wisdom and understanding.