When we have been through significant hardships, losses or grief we can tend to look inward too much. We nurse our wounds and back off from life, because we’re afraid of either getting hurt again, or taking another loss. Without necessarily meaning to, we can also draw back from God, instead of drawing to Him and allowing Him to help us through or hardship or grief.
If we want to focus our eyes off our own situation it’s best to focus on something greater, someone greater - Jesus. I’ve some questions from my own daily devotional which I’ve been asking myself this week, and I wanted to share them with you. Take some time and think about how you could respond.
• What pleases the Lord?
• What does the Lord require?
• How can I show Him love?
• What delights His heart?
• In what ways can I bless the Lord?
• How can I make His name known to those around me?
These are great questions to think about, or maybe discuss with other Christians. The question that really grabbed me was the challenge of how I could make Jesus’ name known to those around me. Even in the midst of struggle we’re called, not to focus on ourselves, but to proclaim Jesus’ name, and make known among the nations what He’s done. Maybe that could involve you sharing your story of how Jesus has changed your life with a family member, friend or even a stranger. Whatever opportunities the Lord puts before us let’s embrace them, and in so doing show Jesus how much we love Him. Let’s make His name known!
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for being with me throughout all my hardships, but forgive me for where I’ve in any way drawn back from You. Draw me near again and help my focus to be on You, not on me. Show me how I can please and bless You, how I can show You my love, and show me what delights You. But, most of all, show me how I can make Your name more known. You alone are most worthy of our praise, now and forever, Amen.