It is human nature to look back fondly on portions of our past. We remember simpler times with family and friends. It is hindsight that allows us to look back on these days with fondness. The clarity that comes with time and a knowledge of what was to come helps shape our view of happy times without trouble.
Often, the times we look back on as carefree were not so in the moment. The issues of life that we now realize as inconsequential or the stress we now see as false fears were often just as present in the past. In light of the present, we look back on the past and see so many of the problems and worries of the past as insignificant.
In Matthew chapter six, Jesus instructs us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. It is when we correctly align our focus on Jesus that all of our basic needs are met. When we focus on God, His goodness, and His Kingdom, it releases us from the prison of worry. Then, we are able to let go of the unnecessary cares and worries about tomorrow.
As we trust God, and focus on the righteousness of Jesus, it allows us to enjoy the moment. We are able to live in God’s present goodness, and to enjoy the new life that Jesus has given us, a new life free from sin and shame, and a life filled with the blessing of the Lord. It is in this mindset that we are able to live our “halcyon days” in the present, no longer only finding joy in the past, but eagerly looking forward to the mercy, grace and goodness that God has planned for us each morning. Today, may the stresses and worries about tomorrow roll away, and may the blessing of God bring you an expectation for good things!
Joining the choir of Heaven should be met with eager expectation for every believer. As a people who have accepted Jesus into our heart, heaven is now our natural home. Christians are no longer children of this world, but of the world to come. Revelation 4:6-8 gives an awesome picture of just one aspect of heaven. It is a picture of continual worship, honor and praise to God the father, and Jesus, His son, they declare, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
It truly is an awesome display of worship to God. Our worship here on earth shouldn’t look different. In our time with God, whether that is our personal time, our time in church, or with our family, we should be worshipping God like the creatures and elders do in heaven. Their words are entirely focused on God, not themselves. They declare how holy God is, how worthy He is to receive honor and power, and declare how He created the world. Along with that comes a physical demonstration. The elders bow and cast their crowns before the throne of God. Today, let’s spend some time in worship to God, and let’s focus are worship not on ourselves, but just on the character and majesty of God, His nature as our Creator, King, and Savior, and let’s worship Him not just in words, but in physical demonstration. Let’s look like we are participating in heaven!
Isaiah 40:28 -41:1
In this passage, Isaiah exhorts the people of Israel on who God is, and to wait for, or wait upon, the Lord. It is natural for us to rely on our own power, on our own strength to attempt to accomplish our goals, or overcome the obstacles in our life. Here Isaiah reminds the people that the strength of God is inexhaustible, His understanding has no limits. He is the creator of the universe. No matter how strong we are, or how much endurance we have, there is a limit to our power. There is a breaking point for every human, young or old. Only the Lord has no limits. It is the strength of the Lord, and His power, that will enable us to perform the works of God. God calls all of us to a life that cannot be achieved without Him. We must renew our strength from the bottomless reservoir of God’s power.
Access to God’s strength is revealed in verse 31. “But those that wait for the Lord…” Isaiah says those that WAIT. In a culture of busyness, waiting can seem like a waste of time. However, waiting for someone shows their importance. Often you can see how important someone is on whether people wait for them when starting a meeting or a project. Also, waiting comes with expectation. We wait for the Lord because we expect Him to arrive. In the presence of the Lord there is a renewal of strength that will grant supernatural endurance. In all you do, wait for the Lord.