Unspeakable Joy Devotional

1-November

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A New Chapter In Your Life. If you want God to close and open doors, let go of the door knob. Do you ever pray and then pray some more asking God to do something for you, but yet resist when He begins to move?

Sometimes we know God is moving us rather abruptly into a new adventure. Like the Old Testament patriarch Abraham obeying the call of God to relocate, sometimes we need to move first before God shows us where to land. Genesis 12:1 “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee.” It wasn’t easy for him. He packed up 75 years of accumulated possessions, livestock, family and servants. And it’s no day trip with a backpack for us either.

Sudden calls are extraordinary occurrences of divine intervention to do something that to others might look crazy. Sudden calls can be some of the most exhilarating ways to begin a new chapter.

Most of the time, our lives are rather routine. We can predict what we’ll be doing next year because it’s likely very similar to last year. Routine is not a bad thing. Predictability helps us to be more effective and efficient.

At certain times, though, our lives become unpredictable. We change jobs. We relocate. We pursue new interests and friends. A new chapter begins.

It’s one thing to begin a new chapter when it’s thrust upon you, say through a job loss. But what about those other, more normal times? How do you know when you’re about to enter a new chapter in your life?

Psalm 37:5-6 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

Abraham was counted righteous because of this faith. He left his normal routine in order to follow God’s voice. From that day on, his life was changed. When his enemies attacked him, they were destroyed. When people tried to curse him, God cursed them. His life was indelibly etched into the tables of history. Isaiah 30:15 says, “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”

If you are facing a time of uncertainty in your life right now, return to the Lord. Orchestrate your schedule in such a way that you can have some time alone with the Lord. Come back to that place of rest, the place where you first met Jesus.

As you step into the next phase of your life, into your new season, may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ.” Philippians 4:7. And may you also find this beautiful place of rest in the Lord.

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