2 Thessalonians 3:11, Psalm 51:10, Isaiah 60:1, 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Driving down the road. Sunglasses blocking out the vibrant rays of the cloudless day. Wind blowing your hair. Your favorite song blaring on local radio, and then it happens. Radio static. Completely throwing off your groove. #firstworldproblems
But, maybe that static is a gift from God, awakening you from the comfort of your routine.
How often we can get into the rhythm of “driving” through life with our daily routines, sticking to the things that we like and the things that make us feel good.
While routines are good to get into, they can also make us complacent. Then complacency leads to dull edges on things which we once stood strongly for and eventually leads to numbness of the lost world around us. Often times, we do not even realize how dull, complacent, and numb we have become until “static” comes in and disrupts our flow of life.
We are even warned about the “busy” complacency that fills our schedules in 2 Thessalonians 3:11, “For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.” How easy it is to veer from doing the work God created us for because we are too busy with other things. We are too comfortable in our groove to seek out potential opportunities to give a kind word, speak truth, or even lead others to Christ.
The Psalmist new this truth when he wrote in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” If we are not daily renewed, we quickly lose our edge becoming dull. Have you prayed for The Lord to renew His Spirit in you?
Lord, we pray that you renew Your Spirit in us each day! Help us to fight complacency and comfort! Keep us sharp on all edges! Send your static to interrupt our daily routines!
Are you watchful, sharp, and ready to be used for His purposes this day?
Isaiah 60:1 tells us, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Those who know Jesus have a light that shines brightly within them that is in stark contrast to the rest of the world. Christians must daily, moment by moment, be aware that the world tries to dim their light, often with good things like routines.
Thankfully, we have confidence in an eternal hope that awakens us from our daily “drives.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 tells us, “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.” Praise The Lord for He sends static to awaken us from our routines! He protects us from complacency.
What do you need to awaken from? What do you need to awaken to?
May we enjoy those daily drives with the sun shining, listening to our favorite songs while the wind blows our hair. But may we also use those sweet moments to turn back to God, thank Him for His presence and faithfulness, and seek His renewal. Then, when the static comes, awaken.