January 12, 2020
Written by Tasha Ann Miller
A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
Joel 2: 2
You will get tired of the mundane. The remedy for that is to thrust yourself into trusting the invisible hand that is guiding your life. Life can be very complicated mostly by us wanting to know everything before it happens. The perfect plan is always to ensure perfection. In Joel chapter 2 we see the turn of God’s wrath on mankind in his perfect plan of righteousness if they fail to repent. It’s an ugly picture of darkness because of his desire to purify us so our souls may be saved. We often want what we want, and nothing should get in the way of that. It’s scary though sometimes what God is trying to block us from later down the road if we could only trust him now. Similarly, the plan of salvation is to redeem us from sin and it’s later consequences if we trust him today and live in faith and His righteousness.
Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
The army described in Joel 2 refers to swarms of locusts invading the land resulting in devastation and horror (Revelation 9:7). The same can be said of the swarms of pain, unforgiveness, hurt, and hate that is boiling in the world. It will only lead to the same fate – destruction. Your spiritual mind is dependent on something- God or the devil. At your very best, you can not lead yourself into righteousness. The same must be said then about trusting God even in dark times. For because of the very mercies of God we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22-23),and this same mercy is extended to all those who will repent. Trusting God gets easier the moment you begin to be content in all situations as all things work together for good for those who love the Lord. It is not being complacent but actively engaging the pursuit of faith in the divine will of God. It’s not so much about what you want. It’s this question. Is my heart in the right place?
And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he [is] gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
Today, you are reminded that the price of worrying will get you nowhere. However, the rewards of trusting God is a sustained life of grace for all your days. It’s an everyday job, and it gets easier overtime, because you know God loves you. The endurance of every believer in Christ is to always know that the heart of God is for you and not against you. For each test, you get to understand more of the desires of God for your life, and not become rebellious in sin. Life is not won simply by racing the fastest but for every slow test you build endurance for the journey and the win.
I invite you to watch these two films ‘Remember the Goal’ and ‘The Perfect Race’ as you take God at his word – that all His promises are Yes and Amen, even when he sometimes says No. Trust God to change up your mundane race.
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