Today’s Scripture: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12-13
You may be having one of those mornings when you don’t feel like loving the Lord. Your financial well-being may be on the line, your marriage feels like it is falling apart, or your unsaved boss may have you on your last nerve. You opened your eyes at the sound of your alarm clock only to dread the day you were about to face. The last thing that you want to do is show God’s love to someone. After all, at the moment you are not feeling very loved yourself.
There are days when we find ourselves unable to control the overwhelming frustration we are experiencing. What can we do to break this cycle? Walk with God. When we feel least like serving Him, that is the time when we need to do it the most. When we feel least like loving Him, we must make the mental choice to focus on all He has done and will do in our lives. The point at which we want to put our Bible on the shelf is the moment that we most need to cling to it. Those times when we do not feel like gracing the doors of our church are when we need to be in the pew listening to what God has to say to our heart. There are days when walking with the Lord requires us to go against every thought we are having, every emotion that we are feeling, and every action that our flesh is telling us to do.
Not that long ago, I was on a plane. I was worn out and wanted to be anywhere else in the world other than a warm, crowded airplane filled with people who were also less than happy to be there. Squeezed against another passenger, I buckled my seat belt and tried to have the best attitude I could muster. The man next to me was about my size and covered in tattoos.
I felt the Lord urging me to witness to him. In my mind, I ran through countless scenarios, all of which end in him hating me for the entire rest of the ride…with our arms still awkwardly touching. Finally, I reached into my pocket and handed him a heaven tract. As we talked, the most unexpected thing happened. Tears began to stream down his face. The most intimidating man on the entire plane trusted Christ that day.
Who knows what could happen in your life and in the lives of those around you if you choose today to stay faithful instead of remaining frustrated? What you choose may change someone’s life for all eternity.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr,