This is actually day 4 of this devotional that I’ve been doing with my boys each morning this week (ages 11 and 14). I didn’t do a blog post for yesterday morning because I covered everything that I went over with the boys on day 3, in my day 2 blog post lol. Yesterday’s verses were 2 Thessalonians 3:10 and Ephesians 4:28 (Like I said, I covered those on day 2).
Yesterday we were very rushed and only had a couple minutes because even though my 11 year old woke up right away, my 14 year old had an even harder time getting out of bed and then he was super sluggish getting ready! Ugh!! This morning was much better, however, and I had nearly 10min. to devote to the devotional 😉
If The Lord Will…
We’ve been talking about how we need to have ambition for the Lord and our secular work and life as well. This morning we talked about, while we need to work and have goals in life, we also need to not put our trust in what we want to do and accomplish in life, because tomorrow things could change, the Lord could come back (rapture), or, in all honesty, we could be dead! That is why we need to accept God’s will in our life and ask HIS direction for our life and accept whatever it is, which brings us to our first verse:
13. Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:
14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
15. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
I explained to them that it’s not bad to work and get gain. We saw in day 2 that God expects us to work and even that we may “have to give to him that needeth” Ephesians 4:28 It’s ok to get gain and have extra. It’s even ok to be rich, as long as we are not trusting in it and we are using it for the Lord and willing to help those in need.
Yesterday I explained to the boys that there are many of God’s people in the bible that were rich, and even more rich than what we think of as rich today! Job is a big one that we see. He was extremely rich! He had servants and land and tons of animals. Job is an awesome example though because he did not trust in his riches at all. Everything he had came from God blessing him and he knew it! And you know what? Once his trial was over, after he lost everything, still he kept his integrity and did not charge God foolishly. God gave him back even more than what he had originally.
Let The Lord Direct Your Steps
So we see that God is not against being rich. He is against trusting in those riches and trusting in our own way and ideas. We should have goals in this life, and it’s ok to have an idea of where you want to go in life and how you want to get there, but always bring those ideas to the Lord and ask for his guidance and direction. He may take you a different way. He may have a different plan for you. If so, we need to trust that way and let go of our way and be content in what God has planned for us because he is God….he knows all and he knows us better than we know ourselves. Plus, he knows the future, so he will see things in our path that we cannot.
A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.Proverbs 16:9
Proverbs 16:9 shows us that man, as we know, has a lot of ideas. Our ideas may not be bad ones, but we need to take those ideas to the Lord and let him direct our steps. If we put our focus on the Lord, then our desires may even change. The things we thought were so important may not seem so important anymore, and then we can focus on the things that the Lord shows us are truly important. And the things that we do desire to do, the Lord may give us those desires. It doesn’t mean he’s going to change everything that we want to be able to do in this life. I’m sure Job was living his dream, he just didn’t put that dream before the Lord.
Whatsoever Ye Do….
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Last we talked about Colossians 3:23. Whatever we do in life, whatever work that we do, and, for the boys specifically, how they work and interact at school and at home with chores and homework, they need to do it as unto the Lord. We need to do our best! I want my boys to grow up being respected by others, because if people don’t respect you, do you think that they are going to listen to you when you talk about the Lord? Probably not. Respect is earned and it will come when people see how you work in life and how you conduct yourself if you are doing it heartily as to the Lord. The Lord is the only one we should seek to please, not man. You can’t please people all the time even if you are pleasing the Lord, so your focus has to be on pleasing the Lord. Trying to please sinful man will only lead you into sin and away from God.
That’s it for today! What thing can you do today more heartily as to the Lord that you might normally do a bit grudgingly? Try it with just one thing and see what a difference it makes! Then pick another thing to try tomorrow and keep going 😉 Like I’ve said before, these are things I’m needing to work on too, so I’m right there with you, but I know from experience that life is much better if we do things heartily as to the Lord. We just have to keep it up each day!