Focus Bigger

Perspective changes

“Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene.” – A.C. Benson

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matthew 6:33

Trump: “a decisive overriding factor or final resource” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Ever argue with people who aren’t around? Ever go to bed and can’t sleep because your busy trying to prove a point to someone inside your head? Ever wished you could just have peace of mind for a little bit? Trump those arguments. Think about something greater. Sure, you may be working out an important problem in your mind. There are lots of important things to be thinking about right now. Race relations, war in the middle east, justice. Sometimes solutions to those problems come from working out little mock arguments in our minds. But sometimes we need peace. In fact, we need peace all of the time, even in the most tumultuous of times. There is peace in something bigger. We can’t solve every problem in the world. In fact we can’t solve any by ourselves. We need the help of the Creator. One of the things He’s given to remind us that He is bigger than our problems is His Word. No matter what issue we may be facing, there is a larger principle in the Bible. Open it up, see if it’s not true. Often I will open the Bible to a random spot and start reading. It’s amazing how God’s word can speak peace and instruction into life. It may not be that what we open up to is the solution to the problem we’re facing, it may be that what we open up to is a solution to a problem that is more important than ours. Either way, God’s word has a knack for shrinking our problems and bringing clarity to the issues of this world. I would bet that your experience will be different than mine. However, God has a way of showing us the way, when we make Him our guide. That’s why Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd.” – John 10:11 Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Worried about money? About suffering? About a divorce? God can trump those problems. Too often we worry about little problems that can never be solved without a solution to the larger problem at the root of our issues. Maybe we’re worried about racial issues and we can’t find it in our hearts to love people we don’t know? Maybe were worried about justice while seeking revenge on someone we assume hurt us deliberately? Maybe what’s disturbing our inner peace at home is the echo of our outward anger towards our family? To every problem we face, there is usually a larger culprit that humanity can’t touch. We can make laws against violence, but we are powerless to heal every heart without the help of God. We can dictate the terms of a divorce, but our laws are useless against the wondering imaginations that so often break apart marriages. And we may be able to enact justice, but the Lord is the only source of true restitution. You see, God is the only true source of justice, peace, and love. There are much bigger problems that only He can solve. They’re the type of problems that are laid out in His word. Along with those problems are solutions. Those solutions always come with a relationship with God. It’s impossible to have Godly love without loving God. And it’s impossible to find a love for God without seeking Him. And it’s pretty hard to seek Him when we let dust gather on top of His Word. We all have problems and conflicts. We all want to find peace with them. There is a real and powerful way. It starts in His Word.

Daily Journaling Questions:

  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thanks for reading,
Jake

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