I woke up excited and full of energy. I had a whole list of things to do for the ministry and had just been reinvigorated by the Holy Spirit. But just as I was finishing up my breakfast, my nine-year-old came back upstairs from feeding the dogs and exclaimed,
"why is the basement flooded?"
"what?!" I questioned as panic propelled me out of my chair.
Naturally, the next moments consisted of chaos. My husband ran downstairs from the kitchen, leaping over the dog, and nearly knocking me over on his way. I quickly followed after regaining my balance.
Stepping through inch deep water sitting on the concrete floor, we followed the source to the boiler room. We have radiant in-floor heating powered by our propane in our mountain house, and it had just turned cold enough to kick it on. Apparently, this was the issue. My husband shut the water off, and I turned powered down the heat at the thermostat. We then turned our attention to getting the water out of the house.
"There goes all the ministry work I was going to do today," my head thought as I located the push broom.
Disappointment, anxiety, and frustration quickly set in. I so badly desired to get some of the things God had asked me to do done. Now, I was spending my only free time mopping up water. Not to mention the fact that this fix could be costly. Boilers are not cheap, and water restoration isn't either. Doubts about God's goodness started pushing into my head, as I pushed water towards the garage drain.
But midway through moving water like a good deckhand, I heard God whisper truth to my heart; "the enemy is against you, but I am for you. Keep your eyes on me."
You see, things breaking had been a common recurrence in my life that season. It felt like every time I turned around something else was broken. It was coincidentally aligned to the fact that I was trying to get the ministry that God had laid on my heart going. Evidently, someone was trying to take me out before I even began.
Our enemy attacks us in all kinds of ways. One of them is to destroy things around us and then turn around and tell us that if God were for us, our lives would be easier. This is a conniving tactic, we must be aware of. He plays on our need for survival and security to get us to doubt God's goodness. Because once doubt is in our minds, it is so much easier to tempt us away from God's good plan for our lives.
The devil also tried to use Jesus's human need for security and survival against Him in the desert. Hungry, after days of fasting, the devil tempts Jesus to make bread out of stones. But he doesn't just tempt him with hunger; he plays the situation stating, "if you are really the son of God..." (Matthew 4:3). Sound familiar? It certainly does for me. I often question God's plan when things break, even though I know He told us to expect trouble here.
But, unlike me, Jesus is not deterred. Jesus declares, "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God," in return to the devils tempting. And with this, He points out an eternal Kingdom truth- life is from God and sustained by God. We do not need to care for ourselves alone because God is caring for us. God knows what we need, and we can trust in His plan even when things break. Jesus said it like this, "So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God's Kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself" (Matthew 6:33-34)
Truly we are created with a survival instinct, and the enemy knows how to play on this need, but we also have a caring God who knows what we need to survive. He is the one who created us after all. Regardless of what is breaking around us, we can trust in God's plan. We can seek Him as the source of life, both for our bodies and our spirits. We can find our security in God alone when we remember that He is the source of life and He is for us. So, let's remind our wicked Enemy, just like Jesus did, "man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4).
And let's also remind ourselves that God makes good out of trouble too. Just as we began our cleanup, our six-year-old came down excitedly carrying the toy boat he plays with at bath time. In his childlike faith, a flooded basement was simply a great place to float his boat. He was overjoyed with this prospect, and I couldn't help but chuckle even through my frustration and fear. May we all recover our childlike faith in our heavenly father to take care of us so we can find joy even in trouble.
Lets Pray: Lord, you are the source of all life, and you are for us. Thank you for taking care of us. Please help us see the enemy's schemes for what they are and turn to you for security. Help us rebuild our childlike faith in you. You are our strong tower, our cover, our provider. We put our trust in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.
This Weeks Scripture Study:
“So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God’s kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly. Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.” Matthew 6:33-34
“This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing? Matthew 6:25
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7
This Weeks Challenge:
The Bible tells us over and over that God cares for us. Finding peace and joy in our lives is to believe this so fully that we lay down our cares and worries. While life is full of trouble, we can lay down our fears and follow God, believing that He will care for us as we follow Him. And we can certainly not let the enemy twist trouble into doubting God's goodness. This week, challenge yourself to believe in God's goodness and care for your needs. Lay down all the trouble in your life and believe that God is caring for you as you seek His kingdom above all else.
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