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Read Ephesians 4:1-3
4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
When I first moved to Tennessee, it was my mother, brother, and I. It was extremely difficult when we first moved here because my mother was on long term disability with her job and I was only working at TJ Maxx at the time as I transferred from one store to another. I had transferred from Olivet as a youth ministry major, to Trevecca as a business management and human relations major. Everything seemed to be aligning up just as I planned it at first! But then my mother lost her long term disability through her work. Being in a new state she had to apply for the state disability, which is a long process. This is where my plans came crashing down, and we went into some dark times. I remember that we had a rice maker and for days at a time we would eat butter and rice. I was barely making over minimum wage, and now providing for three people. Looking at each paycheck, hoping we could maintain the rent. The apartments that we at first thought were nice turned out to be not so nice. Hearing gunshots go off, being in an undesirable school district, where did we go wrong? Why was my plan not working out the way I planned it?
When I read this scripture, it brings me back to this time because I was not following the call that God had laid on my life. Yes I made it down to Tennessee as God called me to do, but I changed my major, focused on other things, and got further away from Christ. I took things into my own hands. I am glad that our God is a God of grace and that he can use all thing for good because he took these struggles and turned them into a path that lead back to him. He took these hard times and turned them into testimonies of how God continues to provide. He took these trials and created growth within me. This journey is what lead me to Covenant Fellowship.
Humility and patience is what I was lacking at the time, but God reminded me of these two key things. I was trying to get God to work on my timeline, when really I should have been working on his time.
What are you holding onto that is keeping you from coming closer to him?
Are you willing to allow God to be in control or are you impatiently trying to do it on your own?
I hope during this devotion by yourself or with your family, challenges you to regain patience with the Lord.
"Our Father who art in heaven, hollow be thy name.
Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us of our trespasses;
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever"