Forgotten

When I was young—very young—I remember being in the supermarket with my mum. I was four years old and felt like a dwarf in the land of giants! Being the inquisitive young lass that I still am today, I wandered off to explore the fruit-and-veg section. Moments later, I realised I was completely lost. No matter which way I turned, I could not find my mum. Now even though I’d been the one who’d walked away, in that moment I felt totally forgotten. How could my mum forget me!? I wandered down a dark hall and ended up in a small lunch room with some older women who eventually helped return me to my mother. Nevertheless, I’ll never forget how that experience made me feel.

Forgotten.

A feeling which every human being experiences at some point in life. Whether it be at the supermarket at four years old, or from the invite list to a friend’s party at fourteen, or even being overlooked for a promotion you’re super qualified for at forty. At some point, we all feel forgotten. However, the way we perceive the situation will determine if we come out winning. It’s kind of a ‘glass half full… or empty’ scenario we’re talking about here. What do you see?

In Luke 2:43 we find the story of Mary and Joseph, making the long trek home after a huge festival. They thought Jesus was with them, so they travelled a whole day. A WHOLE DAY!?! That’s when they realise—Jesus is missing! After asking all their relatives if they’d seen Him, I imagine they would have turned to each other and said, ‘WE’VE LOST THE SON OF GOD! WE HAD ONE JOB!’ Eventually they travel all the way back to Jerusalem, and after looking high and low, they found Him in the temple.

So in verse 49—like all good mums, Mary says to Jesus (in the Chantelle translation) ‘JESUS! What are You trying to do to us? Look. Look at this. Grey hair. Yep! GREY! Yesterday it was black. Remember?! What are you trying to do to us, Son?’ And here is Jesus’ casual, peaceful response: ‘Why were you searching for Me?… Didn’t you know I had to be in My Father’s house?’ (Luke 2:49NIV)

And there you have it. Forgotten, but totally about His Father’s business. Overlooked, yet un-fazed.

When we understand the truth about who we really are, we champion and cheer for those who grow and begin to outrun us.

He continued about His calling.

I firmly believe that every hurt, every offence, every seed of self-doubt and unbelief, can be traced back to a lack of understanding about who we really are in Christ and how deeply we are really loved by the Father. Graham Cooke says it perfectly: ‘Every uncomfortable situation we find ourselves in is an opportunity for an upgrade in our identity.’

In the Kingdom of God, there’s no need for jealousy, insecurity or competing with others. There is room for everyone to shine! There’s no need to try and stop someone else from excelling for the fear that they might look better than us—that’s not Kingdom thinking!

When we understand the truth about who we really are, we champion and cheer for those who grow and begin to outrun us. We understand: ‘I am secure and safe and KNOWN intimately by the Father! It’s not about what I do, it’s about who I am—a child of God! Chosen and ransomed by Heaven, I am Daddy’s beloved.’

Remember this: What man gives, man can take away. But what God gives, no man can take away. That’s true for your calling, an opportunity, a blessing or an open door. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’ (James 1:17NIV)

He is a good, good Father and He doesn’t change His mind about those He calls! Even if you feel forgotten by man, take Jesus’ lead and simply get about your Father’s business! Get busy with the call of God on your life! You have been called, chosen and set aside by the Creator of the universe Himself and if He believes in you, then you should too!

Maybe, like it happened for Joseph, God will use your process to set you up for the greatest moment of your life! Embrace the process! Thank God He loves you too much to let you stay the same! Trust Him! It is impossible for God to forget about you. It’s not in His nature. In fact he has pre-planned, pre-packaged and set you up for greatness! You are predisposed to WIN!

Some things are worth the wait, God is up to something great.

Tests of Life

 

‘So that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.’ James 1:4 CEV

Be glad if you have trouble?! Like, what? Shouldn’t that be sad? No, the Bible says: ‘Be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything. If any of you need wisdom, you should ask God, and it will be given you… But when you ask…you must have faith… Anyone who doubts is like an ocean wave tossed around in a storm. If you are that kind of person, you can’t make up your mind, and you surely can’t be trusted. So don’t expect the Lord to give you anything at all.’ (James 1:2–8 CEV)

Note three things in this Scripture:

(1) Your faith grows when it’s tested. You’ll never know the strength of your anchor until you feel the blast of the storm.

(2) God will give you wisdom to handle the test. Now, He won’t answer all your ‘whys’. So instead of questioning Him, pray, ‘Lord, how do You want to use this trial to develop me spiritually? How can I co-operate with You to reap the maximum benefit? What changes do You desire to bring about in my life?’ Those are questions God will answer.

(3) You must be willing to obey. It’s possible to ask God for wisdom, then mess around trying to decide whether or not to obey Him. When God calls you, your first response should be: ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’ (1 Samuel 3:10 NIV)

SoulFood: Ex 20:16, Prov 24:28, Mt 5:33–37, Acts 5:1–11

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Exodus 20:16 ()

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16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 24:28 ()

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28   Be not a witness against your neighbor without cause,
    and do not deceive with your lips.

Matthew 5:33–37 ()

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33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

Acts 5:1–11 ()

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5:1 But a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira, sold a piece of property, and with his wife's knowledge he kept back for himself some of the proceeds and brought only a part of it and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? Why is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God.” When Ananias heard these words, he fell down and breathed his last. And great fear came upon all who heard of it. The young men rose and wrapped him up and carried him out and buried him.

After an interval of about three hours his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter said to her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much.” And she said, “Yes, for so much.” But Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” 10 Immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. When the young men came in they found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband. 11 And great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things.

Sun 04 March, 2018


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