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Lenten Devotional 3/12

March 12, 2015                                      By: Bryan Tony
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
                – 1 Peter 5:6-7
As midterms come and go, our schedules remain jam-packed, and the to-do lists never seem to end, many of us are also beginning to look ahead to the future and this summer specifically. The mounting pressure of a fast-approaching summer leaves us wondering what we will be doing, wondering what is in His plans for us?
Often times, it is a waiting game. Although we are anxious, we must trust in the Lord that whatever happens it will be for our own good, because He cares for us, and accept that we may not learn the reasons why we are where we are until later, or maybe never. Peter reminds us to first and foremost humble ourselves instead of falling into the trap of us thinking that we know what’s best for us. For many, including myself, this a harsh reality to face when we desire to be in control of our own lives and fell helpless when we do not have that control.
Rather, we must recognize that He may exalt us at the proper time as He sees fit. His timing is perfect. Therefore, we can rest in knowing that God will provide in ways unbeknownst to us and can cast all of our anxieties on Him. To me, there is something ultimately freeing in being confident in the Lord’s providence. It allows me to humbly pray for the patience I need to wait on His timing and look forward to the future that will be revealed to me when the time is right. I pray the same for you.
Father, I pray that though things seem unclear to me now, you will reveal your goodness to me in due time. I pray for peace, resting in your Grace, so that I worry less and trust you more. I humbly ask your help in relinquishing my own desires to control and thank you for your boundless wisdom of my heart. I pray to rely not on myself, but to lean on you, Lord. Amen.


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