"Dealing with Conflict"
Psalm 37:3a “Trust in the LORD and do good.” (NIV)
Christians often miss out on God by their expectations. Are your expectations from God that He is there to serve you and meet your needs? Do you expect God to get you out of every type of trouble? Is your God like a vending machine at your beckon call? Do not get me wrong, God does answer prayers, performs miracles, heals, and desires to take you into an abundant, fruitful life, but within a vibrant relationship with Christ as Lord of your life. Matthew 6:33 says it this way, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Think about parents with children. They certainly do provide for kids needs, often lavish undeserved gifts, and provide opportunities for great joy. This is great, but a parents’ focus is more concerned about their development, health, character, salvation, spiritual growth, and how they contribute to this world and the kingdom of God. This focus does not make you a bad parent, but a parent that is providing what is best for your children. The same is true for God. God’s family is all in this world with you as His instruments for growing the kingdom of God. As Christians we must learn to look beyond ourselves to God’s work and desires for all around you.
How about you? Where does God need to gain a greater hold on your life? What Scriptures have better equipped you to see as Jesus sees and not as the world sees? Click here to join in the conversation and share Scripture or thoughts on this area. (Click here to read entire devotion)