Week 5 | Tuesday


Submission (Submit to God’s will)


Read: Matthew 5:45; Hebrews 5:8; Hebrews 2:18; 2 Peter 3:10; Philippians 1:21

I’ve struggled with anxiety for most of my adult life.  I’m easily overwhelmed, and when the stress reaches a certain level, I shut down mentally and physically, unable to accomplish anything at all.  Over the years, though, I’ve learned a trick to refocus my perspective in those moments.  I stop and ask myself, “will this...(hardship, struggle, trial, decision, predicament)...matter a year from now?  What about five years from now?”  After meditating on that question for a moment, a weight seems to be lifted, and I’m mobilized again, able to move forward step by step.

I think back on what Pastor Jeff said about analyzing our tests, and I think the trick still applies, but on a much larger scale. We have to ask ourselves, “will this...(hardship, struggle, trial, decision, predicament)...or even...(opportunity, endeavor, activity)...matter in ETERNITY?”

In our over-programmed society, culture makes us feel like we have to be the busiest, the richest, the smartest, the most attractive...but the book of James says that our lives are like “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  Are we more concerned about our lives being perfect NOW?  Or can we recognize that tests both develop and reveal our character for eternity?

Pray: Father, thank you for the opportunity to spend eternity with You.  As I’m hit with trials today, remind me that when I’m under pressure, You’re making diamonds out of dust.  In Jesus’ name, amen.