Week Forty Five
A New Understanding
Romans 12:3 The Message
The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what He does for us, not by what we are and what we do for Him.”
Quote from Pray While You’re Prey:
“Do you believe that God is sovereign and that He has a plan for your life?”
There are times when I find myself trying to figure God out. I find myself trying to make sense of what is happening in my life and trying to guess God’s next move. It is all really very silly. God has ways and thoughts that are so much higher than anything that we could ever conceive (Isaiah 55).
I think to myself that if I do the right things and say the right things, then there should be certain outcomes. However, my focus is all wrong. In order to understand my life and to understand my purpose, I cannot look at what I do or say or think. I have to look at who God is and what He does for me.
In the context of singleness, I have spent many years trying to figure out the right clothes to wear, the right words to say, the proper ways to flirt, so as to not upset the Father. I have tried to stay away from certain places so I do not embarrass the Father. I have tried to sing, praise and give to impress the Father. Sometimes, I do all of this, in an effort to get a mate, not to discover who God is and what He means to me.
In doing so, I tell God that He is not enough for me. When I start to believe that I am who I am because of what I do, I am leaving God out of the equation. And, I know that I am not the only person who knows for a fact that there would be no me without Him. In the season of singleness, there is an opportunity for self discovery. There is a chance to understand who we are, not as a spouse or parent, not defined by our career or ministry, but defined by what God is and what He does for us.
Use this time to discover, to understand to unravel, the beauty created in you by God’s grace, His mercy, His love and His favor. Allow that to satisfy your soul. Lonely times will come, but if you understand who you are in Christ, you can make it to the other side. Know that God is sovereign and He has a plan for you that is not defined by what you do for Him, but what He does for you!
Thank You, God for being sovereign
and for having a plan for my life.
Please forgive me for trying to understand myself
outside of who You are and what You have done for me.
Lord, please help me to trust that You
always know what is best and that my purpose is found in You.
In Jesus’ Name,
*Scripture quotations are from the New International Version ©1984, unless otherwise indicated.