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Tell Me About the God You Know

”To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless…” Psalm 18:25

How we perceive God is likely the manner in which we live our daily life. Could it be the way we live our life is the way we perceive God showing Himself to us? God is always faithful, even when we struggle with being true. Does that mean God stops being faithful? By all means no, but this may be the way we perceive God.

When we know God as a faithful God, we walk in life faithfully. Interesting thought but what happens when we do not know God as a faithful God? What happens when what we know and experience is God as a distant relational God? We often will allow that characteristic to be the way we respond to others. If we understand God as a harsh dictator, we may find ourselves leading in the same manner. If we have a false understanding of His grace, having to earn His love, then we will treat others with the same regard. We won’t be able to love until we understand and accept that God first loved us.

Interestingly, the God we know may not be the God who is. Watching how we treat others will give a great insight into who we believe God to be.

When we understand God as always with us, and everything He has is ours, we can’t help but wonder if it wouldn’t change some behaviors.  Remember the prodigal’s brother becoming envious of the return of his brother? Could it be he misunderstood who God is, and all God has for him? Do we ever misunderstand?

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’” Luke 15:31

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Who do you say God is?

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The Greatest Attitude
15 My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Psalm 31:15
David now proclaims to God that his life is in His hands. This kind of attitude will keep us walking steady without responding negatively to all the evil in the world. This perspective will also keep our heart bent towards God no matter what the cost. David remembers God is in control of not only his life but the very cosmos he is living in.

Many of us struggle through life because of our attitude towards our troubling situations as we grant the circumstances of life permission to guide our attitude. For most, if all threats are gone in life our attitude can remain positive and fortunate. However, the minute we experience an unfortunate occurrence, our attitude can plummet. We have to make daily choices of how we will remain by saying “my times are in your hands.”

It is a matter of choice of how we will or will not be provoked by our troubles. David’s attitude rose above his life-threatening circumstance to realize God is in control. I wonder if he knew deep in his heart, that if the current situation took his life, the battle would be over. God will carry us through all battles of life but only if we allow His involvement. If we choose to dwell on the negative, is there any room for God’s participation in our life? What would happen if we agreed with David and said, “My times are in your hands.”

Today in the Workplace
How is your attitude towards the troubles of life? Surrender control today and find the joy of the Lord.
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