In our everyday life, we face numerous decisions—some minute by minute. And now with TD weekends coming up soon, we have even more to make. Oftentimes, there does not seem to be any criteria for making the decision—let alone see the future. It is so easy to get focused on the decisions to be made that we get frustrated rather than looking with joy and thankfulness at all that God is doing for us to make these wonderful weekends.
It is easy to focus on the busyness rather than God’s promises of being there for us. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.
An Old Testament story that I have relied on over the years when facing any difficult situation is: 2 Chronicles 20:1-26. The Israelites are facing a situation that could wipe them out. Jehoshaphat, the King, is shaken. He goes to God for help and orders a nationwide fast.
Then, Jehoshaphat calls on God to deliver them. He acknowledges God’s power and work and affirms his belief that God will listen and give victory—because of who He is. The King goes on to acknowledge that they are helpless, don’t know what to do, and are looking to Him.
Jahaziel, an ordinary person in the crowd, was moved by the Spirit of God to speak. He encourages them: Don’t be afraid; …this is God’s war, not yours. You won’t have to lift a hand in this battle; just stand firm, and watch God’s saving work for you take shape. Don’t be afraid, don’t waver. March out boldly tomorrow—God is with you. (Does this mean that we have nothing to do—just get to lazy around? No.) Jahaziel adds, Believe firmly in God, your God, and your lives will be firm! 21 I It is delightful to me that their first order was to sing, Give thanks to God, His love never quits.
Look what happens--As soon as they started shouting and praising, God takes over and wins the victory. YEA! A victory with added blessings that they could not even imagine.
Think of that for us with Tres Dias activities. We are not on our own for any part of TD—no matter your assignment. As we come to Him in prayer, He goes before and wins the battles and gives amazing blessings. What would you like to see happen?
From the beginning of time, God has desired to be there with us, loves us dearly, and has plans for us—far beyond what we can see.
Today we can still claim those promises—lean on God rather than our own understanding and also know that the battle is not ours— Because of the New Covenant, and our receiving that, Christ paying the price for us to have a new life, He also gave us the Holy Spirit for our life.
The Holy Spirit wants to be an active participant in our life—not just when we are in trouble or need something special, but as an on-going part of our life. He gives us the New Life—transforms us into God’s plan for us—what we could not do on our own. He goes before, beside, behind us and brings the victory.
Letting the Spirit of God guide us means that we give it over to Him and let Him do the work that needs to be done. We take our hands off except as He directs us. God created us for, and delights in, our communication with Him. And, just maybe, we need to sing! How do you feel?
How do we know His voice, His answer? He gives us a sense of amazing Peace.
Blessings to you,
Spiritual Director Jeanie Hershey,