WEEK 19, Day 5, Friday, 8 May 2020

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Observations from today’s readings and today’s S-WOD, Friday, 8 May 20:

1 Corinthians 7:21, 24 — “Were you a bondservant when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity….) So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.”

We tend to worry too much about our circumstances and not enough about how we are responding to our circumstances. We tend to worry too much about where we are and not enough about why we have been placed there by God. No matter where we find ourselves or how we got there, we are surrounded by opportunities to both glorify God and enjoy His presence. Whether in a palace or a prison, we can proclaim and testify to the glory of God.

The Lord has placed us in our current situations for His purposes. If we can improve our conditions, then great. However, we need to make the most of the opportunities God has placed in front of us today, where we are now. If we are not careful, we can become so concerned with what we don’t have or where we wish we were, that we fail to appreciate what we do have right in front of us in the place where God wanted us all along.

Consider the lives of people like Noah, Joseph, Moses, David, and the many other people we have read about who God used mightily. None of them would have chosen the paths down which God led them; but if they had chosen their own paths, they would not have developed the character and competence that made them so usable by God, nor would they have experienced the close relationships with God that they enjoyed. It is exciting to know the God has placed you in your current circumstances on purpose. Remain faithful with the opportunities presented today, and see what develops for tomorrow.

– Matthew 6:31-34 — Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

– Ephesians 7:10 — Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?” For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

– Psalm 118:24 — This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

– Hebrews 3:13 — But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

-Ephesians 5:15-17 — Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

– Proverbs 28:20 — A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.

– Proverbs 27:1 — Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

– 1 Chronicles 16:11 — Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

“Cross” Fit S-WOD (Spiritual Workout of the Day) – 8 May 20: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15, 16) Today, see all your circumstances as an opportunity to grow closer to Christ, to walk the Him, to serve Him, to glorify Him, to proclaim Him, and to enjoy Him. Trust God with your situation (along with your mistakes and failures), and have peace and joy. Nothing can separate you from the love of God, and He will work all things (even bad things) together for good, according to His purpose, in perfect love, and to conform you to image of His Son, Jesus.

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