“Thank God it’s Friday!” You probably heard, or even said, this expression today. I remember chuckling when a few years ago a first grade student expressed this sentiment with a sigh of relief. What could this kid possibly be so stressed about? The truth is, we all have burdens.
A lot of us have been conditioned to blaze through our compromises of the week and finally, tiredly, “celebrate” the weekend by sleeping and keeping it low key. I’m all for rest and relaxation, but I want us to challenge the notion that getting to be lazy is our reward at the end of the week. Psalms 118:24 states,“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” It says to me that whatever day it is, we should receive it with gladness because God made it!
This week, I listened to an excellent sermon on Proverbs 6:6-9 . Tt was about getting out of our sluggishness. The speaker gave an example that has made me conscientious of my morning snooze routine (I’m not the only one, right?). He said that if we hit our alarm’s snooze button just for 15 minutes each day, we will have slept for 91 hours in a year. 91 hours! Wow. Sounds a little crazy when we hear it in those figures!
I want to mention three areas that our enemy attacks in all stages of life that perhaps are making us trudge and barely survive through our weeks: identity, connection, and direction. As I talk to the kids in my office, I realize that these areas will be attacked and problems will manifest in different ways throughout our lives. There are popular self-deprecating humor accounts on Instagram (and related sites) that I must admit, are hilariously relatable at times. However, as funny as those memes can be, we have to combat the message of doom with what the word of God says. When we seek to know God’s character and learn His Bible promises, they will shield us in times of despair, disorientation and doubt. Let’s strive to feed and strengthen our souls with Jesus rather than with popular content from social media or the web.
How can we successfully combat the lows of these areas? The surest way is by abiding in the Word of God. There we will find and daily be reassured about who we are, where we are going and who we belong to. Let’s explore some verses!
If struggling with identity, remember you are His work of art and a redeemed co-heir!
* Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works…”
* Isaiah 43:10 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
* Romans 8:16,17— “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ…”
If struggling with connecting and feeling alone, remember that He says:
* “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
* The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
* Matthew 28:20 “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If struggling with direction, remember that Jesus says:
* “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
* Psalms 37:23, 24 “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand"
Problems will come, laziness will strike, but God remains powerful over our challenges and He is a good Father. Guys, abiding is simple like the children’s song you may have once sang says “read your Bible and pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow.” Let Him do the work, all you have to simply invite him in (Revelation 3:20).
Thank God we have this day to invite Jesus into our lives!
Rosibel Ordóñez served 12 years in summer camp ministry and is a School Counselor in Texas.