Blake Allen, Dunbar Cave Campus Pastor, LHBC
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
Not to long ago, I was sitting in the DMV waiting to get my liscense. The parking lot was full, the lobby was full, the line was full; you get the picture. It was time for me to get my Tennessee liscense and I did not set up an appointment–that was a huge mistake. While everyone was waiting, each person was doing something. Some were on social media. Others were talking or texting. One person was taking a nap. Some were working. Some were doing homework. Others were twiddling their thumbs. And some were people watching I guess.. Point is this: while everyone was waiting to hear from the DMV, they were each doing something. Some were productive in the waiting. Others were not.
While we are praying and waiting on the Lord to answer, we should continue living life for Him. We need to be productive in giving the hope of the gospel to our world. But productivity can often be slowed due to our worry and anxiety over life circumstances. Oftentimes, we waste today worrying about what tomorrow is going to look like.
I don’t know what season of life you are in but I know God is always working in the waiting. He tells us in Romans 8:28 that He is “woking all things out for the good of those who love God and are called to His purpose.” While things may seem challenging, God is our peace in the chaos. And the trials we face are temporary. Sometimes, it can be hard waiting on God to give us His answer on things. Fear, anxiety, impatience, and curiosity are usually the driving forces of that. But God promises never to leave us or forsake us. He is aware of our needs and will take care of His children.
Not only is God working in the waiting, but so should we. Faith requires us to place our trials in His hands, trust Him with the outcome, and continue living each day for Him. God tells us in His word not to be worried about tomorrow for tomorrow has its own problems (Matt 6:34). We can spend precious time today worrying about tomorrow’s outcome or we can completely trust God, place it in His hands, and continue to live each day for Him. Today is an opportunity for you and we must make the best use of our time while the days are short.
So then, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, give us today what we need to preserve in life. I pray you would increase our faith. Lord help us to be abounding in your work while trusting you with our daily trials. In Jesus Name, Amen.
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.