Dear Friends in Christ,
How often are we hearing phrases like, “we are experiencing a new normal”, or “nothing will be like it was before?” During this unprecedented time in our life and history, we have been given time to think, pray, feel, and reflect on who we were before the pandemic, and who we will be when we emerge from it safely. In preparing for my daily meditation for today, I came across the reflection below from A Word for Today. I pray it offers you hope and inspiration in the way it has for me. None of us will be the same. We will come forth as gold. Alleluia!
‘The Lord knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.’ Job 23:10
It’s a mistake to compare yourself to other people, because God has a plan for you that’s unique and personal. God’s methods may sometimes seem strange and God’s training laborious, but God’s divine results are always worth waiting for. Without scams and games God accomplishes God’s purpose in our lives, and all God asks us to do is trust and obey. It’s that simple. In the midst of unspeakable heartache and trouble, notice three things Job said about God:
(1) ‘He knows the way that I take.’ The path you are on today is the one God chose for you, and God never makes mistakes. And even when you don’t know where God is, God knows where you are because God never takes his eye off of you.
(2) ‘When he has tested me.’ The word ‘when’ means God has established a set time for testing you, and a set time for bringing you out of the test. Aren’t you glad God’s the One who’s testing you, and not people? Would you trust anyone other than God to take you through this learning curve? Of course you wouldn’t.
(3) ‘I will come forth as gold.’ When God gets through refining you and removing the impurities from your life, you will shine like pure and precious gold. The process always precedes the promise. When the dross has been discarded and the fear removed, some people may wonder how such a vessel could have been made from such poor material. They may even ask if you’re the same person. When they do, just say ‘No! I am a new creation. Thanks be to God!”
Let us pray.
Loving God, please send your Holy Spirit to lead me. You said that your Spirit will teach me all things and guide me into all truth. Remind me of the words of Jesus as I make choices today. When I become overwhelmed with the decisions that are placed before me, please give me the peace that surpasses all understanding. Clear my mind to follow you with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.