When things are going well we have a tendency to depart from Jesus. We fall into thinking we don’t need Him as much because things seem to be going our way. We’re grateful that He’s blessed us and we ride on the “HIGH” those blessings provide. We’re happy, satisfied, and fulfilled until circumstances turn unfavorable. We notice an immediate shift in our mood. We can’t even put up a fight when our circumstances run our pockets and rob us of our joy and peace of mind. We’re weak, unprepared, and vulnerable. We’re spiritually empty. We’re riding on “E.” When our spiritual tank is on “E” we panic and allow doubt to creep into our mind. Our problem is magnified and our line of focus tends to be the problem versus the provider.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30—NIV
We can’t afford to allow our spiritual tank to drift to “E.” We must continue to nurture our spirit through His word even when things are going well. Life is going to happen. As long as we’re alive we will continue to face unfortunate circumstances, challenges, and tests. We must remain prepared. Our preparation comes through investing time in His word. We must renew our mind on a daily basis.
So, today remember that our God is so much bigger than what we’re going through. God can change everything in an instant, but our hardships serve to strengthen our faith. Choose to live with the knowledge that God is perfecting the work within you and intends to bring it to full completion. God loves you personally. Trust Him wholly to love you and fulfill you. Stop, quiet your heart, enter His rest, and allow Him to fill you up. Spend time in God’s presence so that you are prepared to go wherever He seeks to take you.
Ashley Ivery is a single mother of two brilliant children, Aiden and Devyn, with an overwhelming desire to empower women and help them to realize the importance of a relationship with God. Through her writing she hopes to encourage women to claim their strength and value in Christ. Ashley serves as the Residential Listing Partner for Team Harris Real Estate. She graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2012 with a BS in Psychology. Her motto is: “Be Authentic. Live Honestly. Dispel Light.”