I’ve been struggling.
I have not written a devotional or blog post in a while. I needed to take a step back and evaluate what God was really leading me to do.
I needed to minimize distractions and focus on His voice. It’s easy to lose sight of Him and His direction when we get distracted by the world’s standards and what others say is important. That’s what I call a dash of doubt. It’s a passing comment from someone, a brief look at someone else’s life or a quick thought that can open the door for the enemy to jump right in mixing up the dash of doubt with a spoonful of desire for new, better or more, a cup of discontentment, and a whole box of feelings.
I’ve been struggling with restlessness over the season of life that I am in right now. I’m a stay at home mom, housewife, and the glue that keeps my family together. Those first two jobs are seemingly insignificant according to the world. But without the first two (momma and wife) I wouldn’t have the privilege of being glue.
“Do your everyday and your ordinary, Godliness is found and formed in those places. No man or woman greatly used by God has escaped them.” Jennie Allen, author of Anything
I’ve heard God tell me many times already to remain faithfully available and He will put me firmly in place. I knew coming into my 29th year of life that this was going to be a preparatory year for me. I clearly heard God tell me He was going to be refining, transforming and molding me this year. With this revelation I have had struggles— growing pains.
As a child I would get severe legs pains, growing pains, that would start at the top of my leg and pulsate down to my feet. When this happened I would cry out to my Mom who would then grab the heating pad and ibuprofen. She knew the drill. She knew what would cause the pain to subside. When the pain became this intense I couldn’t even walk. I would miss school and have to hang out with the heating pad.
That’s how my struggle feels right now. It’s painful because I’m growing. I know what will cause the pain to subside. I know that when I keep my eyes focused on Jesus and trust in His plan, His timing and His Big Story that everything will workout. When I stay in consistent communication with Him and remain thankful for what He’s given me, the pain subsides. I can walk, I can happily participate in my life.
In Genesis 3, we find Eve and the serpent having the conversation that would lead to the Fall of Man. Oh Eve… (face palm)
Let’s look at Genesis chapter 3 and see how Satan used the dash of doubt with Eve.
First, in verse 1 the serpent removed God’s Name “the LORD God” to say “God.” Little removals of God’s sovereignty are dangerous. It slowly diminished how we see Him and who He is— the creator of all mankind, the maker of the Heavens and the Earth, the Lord of lords and King of kings.
Then, in verse 2, Eve repeated two important things. First, she also removed God’s Name just like the serpent. Secondly, she repeated what God commanded regarding what to eat. She started losing sight of Him but tried to hold on with remembering what her purpose was on this earth. She tried. Ultimately, she fell into the pot where Satan put the dash of doubt with a spoonful of better, a cup of discontentment and a whole lot of feelings.
Verse 4 (NLT), says “the woman was convinced.”
Convince: to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent or a course of action.
It’s easy to be convinced when we lose sight of the Big picture, God’s Story and His truth.
A puzzle piece doesn’t make sense individually. Together, puzzle pieces make the picture complete.
Eve lost sight of that truth.
It’s easy to do what we want, what our flesh wants, what we already know to do. It’s more difficult to be consistent in obedience and remain steadfast, trusting God- especially when we are distracted. Eve removed God’s name- in essence- she lost sight of Him.
“Jesus says the way we glorify God, the way we step into His story, is by accomplishing the word God gives us to do… We play our part in His story, and the beauty is, it was what we were made for.” Jennie Allen, author of Anything.
I’m challenged by this passage of scripture in Genesis. I refuse to let Satan in with his manipulating recipe of lies. I’m choosing to meditate on His truth instead of my own self doubt. I’m choosing to remember my small, yet important, part in His Big Story. I’m choosing to remain in constant communication with Him.
Have you been challenged by Genesis 3 today? What distractions do you need to eliminate to better hear His voice?
God’s will for us is to remain in constant communication with Him- so when doubt slips in we are quick to speak with Him, letting Him fill us with joy and peace as we trust in Him, His timing, His plans. Rely on His truth above our own circumstances and thoughts.
Romans 7:23, 8:1-11, 15:13
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18