Jesus taught us in scripture that if we want to be great in life, we have to serve other people. (Mark 10:43) Many people are not happy in life because they’re only focused on themselves—their dreams, their goals or their problems. But this type of living is very limiting. We were created to give and live outward. God has put people in your life on purpose so you can be a blessing to them. Every morning, we should ask, “God, what is my assignment today? Help me see the people You want me to be good to.” Matthew 6:4 says, “Your Father, who sees what you give in secret, will reward you in the open.” It’s a promise. When you give of your time and bless others, God will bless you in return. You will live a more fulfilled life and have the satisfaction of making someone else’s life better, too!
Remember, when you feel an unrest, an uneasiness inside, that’s not God trying to keep something from you. That’s God trying to get something better to you. Now don’t be hardheaded. Don’t have to settle for second best.
If you’ll let God lead you, He will do more than you can ask or think. Job put it this way. “God speaks to us in different ways but we don’t always hear His voice.” God is constantly speaking to you. My question is, “Are you tuned in?” Pay attention to what you’re feeling down inside: the promptings, the suggestions; the uneasiness. Remember, He speaks in a still small voice. You’re not going to hear Him by accident. Listening to Him has to be a priority.
Today, I encourage you, be sensitive to Him. Don’t override the warnings. Don’t ignore the alarms. Let peace act as the umpire in your heart. If you’ll do this, God promises He will lead you, guide you, protect you. He’ll show you His favor if you’ll wait for His best!
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.” (John 10:27, ESV).
When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a neighbor. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.” Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t your enemy, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are saying to the whole world, “I trust God. He is my Defender.” When you choose to believe in Him, you will enter into His rest.
Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord. As you are still before Him, as you tune out the distractions of the world and lean into Him, you will find rest and experience His victory and blessing in every area of your life.