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For Right Now

For Right Now

28 March 2010

Today’s Reading: Judges 4-5; Psalm 39, 41; 1 Corinthians 13

Scripture:

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (1 Corinthians 13:12-13 MSG)

Sometimes in my daily reading, I’m consciously looking for principles and insights about leadership, about spiritual growth, for clarification on complex matters. Today I read through the Old Testament readings in Judges, the Psalms that were listed today, and the chapter in 1 Corinthians. As I read I was thinking, “Father, today I need something simple that speaks clearly about me and about my life and about my ‘right now’.” Then I read 1 Corinthians 13:13 and there it was, “..for right now!”

I thought about the words of Jesus in Matthew 6:34; “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34 MSG)

In all the complexities and questions of my life right now, I have three things to do:
• Trust steadily in God.
• Hope unswervingly.
• Love extravagantly.

Whatever your situation, for right now, I invite you to join me in a commitment to simply do these three things: Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly, Love extravagantly. Are you in?

Prayer:

Father, I renew my determination to trust steadily in your unfailing love and faithfulness. I purpose to maintain an active hope in the fulfillment of your plans, purpose, and provision for my life. I will think less about me and more about others and will let your love pour out of me to others who need to be loved. Thanks for speaking to me clearly and simply this morning. Just what I need. Amen.

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