Spiritual Life

Before You Work

As my daughter & I read her devotional last night, I was sure God was directing it more at me than at her.  Interestingly, this morning, as I was trying to tidy & prep supper for company this evening, the words from that devotional kept nagging at me & I knew I needed to abide by what we had read last night.

Although it is written rather simply so that kids can understand, the message is applicable to all.  This is an excerpt from the devotional “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young:

“I know that you have a lot to do today.  Instead of just jumping in, I want you to try something different: Wait before you work.  

Put aside all the things you have to do and refuse to worry about what time it is.  Don’t even look at the clock.  By waiting with Me before you start your day, you are saying that you trust Me to be in complete control.  Then, when it is time to start working, I will show you which way to go.

Depend on Me to help you decide what really needs to be done today, so you can save time by doing only the important things.  This way, you can do less but get more of the important things done – by waiting before working.”

Proverbs 16:3 says “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” (NLT)

Another fabulous passage is found in Luke 12.  I’ll highlight a few verses here for you.  “Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life – whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.  For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.  Look at the ravens.  They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?…your Father already knows your needs.  Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”” (Luke 12:22-26, 30b-31, NLT)

May this resonate with you this morning as it has for me.