Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5, NIV) I am often encouraged by a beautiful sunset. It appears majestic. Ribbons of soaring light peering through cupplets of clouds, draws in my heart. I don't seek God in the sunset, but I search the heavens and thank Him for what He created. I look at sunsets when I feel overwhelmed and need encouragement because of the minute things of life. Sometimes everything feels overwhelming.
Reading through Job is a funny way to be encouraged. The daily minds and matters of a man being sifted by Satan is not appealing on the surface. But deeper into the thickness of the bible I found a gem that puts it all into perspective. Job 38-42 are some of my favorite chapters in the bible. God tells Job to brace himself.
"Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said: ...Brace yourself like a man; I will question you and you shall answer me." (Job 38: 1, 3; NIV)
God proceeds to ask Job where he was when He created the earth's foundation, the dimensions, the stars, the limits of water and land, the light, and the darkness; where were you Job? When I read through these versus my entire world is plunged into perspective. The laundry, my writing, the bills, the grass that needs to be mowed, the devotions I forgot to read for Sunday School, all form their place outside the greatness of God.
At that moment I remember that I am bothered and worried for nothing. When put into the correct perspective the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks eventually get checked off my to do list without me loosing my witness.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you are faithful to us. Help us to remember you in our daily life; that you are our help. Help us to see our lives from your perspective. And encourage us in our daily life.