Thursday, March 26, 2020:
Our verse from the wee, Ephesians 5: 15-17, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
How do you spend your time with God? This is probably a question that you have been faced with many times before. Perhaps your pastors or youth group leaders have asked this question. Maybe you’ve even answered this question as part of a quiz or a test for a Bible teacher. Maybe your teachers have asked this question during discussions in the classroom.
The last part of this verse can be daunting for some…. (to) understand what the Lord’s will is. To our current Seniors who, when we return to school, will only have a few weeks left in their Illiana careers, some may have it all figured out what next September looks like for them. Others may not. And you know what is okay about those two groups? The Lord’s will is over all of their (and our) lives no matter what we think we have planned for it.
I mentioned in Monday’s devotions that God has already gone before us in every situation. God has already laid out the plans of what each and every one of your futures will hold. I remember back to a very unsettling time that I was faced with at the beginning of last summer. It was Mrs. Lagerwey who told me when I shared with her my distress that, “God already knows the outcome.” I literally then repeated it back to her saying, “Yes, He *does*, doesn’t He?” And, although I continued to ebb and flow through this time, one thing remained certain: God already knew the outcome even though I most certainly did not. This did bring me some peace. In my situation, it all turned out to be a-ok in the end. But, you might be asking, “What if a situation doesn’t end the way I want it to?” Those are completely valid questions. The comfort that I can offer you is that a situation might not turn out the way you want it to, but it’s all a part of God’s perfect plan and He makes no mistakes.
So, circling back to the idea of time. What does this have to do with it? Let’s begin with prayer and having that relationship with God. If you’re in a situation where it’s difficult for you to find the words, confide in a trusted friend and ask them to be a prayer warrior for you. Spend time in the Scripture. Pick up a devotional that you received as a gift that has gotten dusty on the shelf. Have a Bible Study, even if it’s done virtually or through a group chat (I’ve seen group chats go on for days about a topic….. You know that a Bible Study could be done the same way 🙂
In conclusion, remember and take with you today that God is a constant in our lives. Unchangeable. Rely on Him in all situations because the comfort is that He has already gone before you.