Emerge Devotion No. 5
We have just celebrated Easter and God has been faithful to us by giving us a big harvest of celebrations. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!
Many of us have been actively claiming this verse throughout Easter and God has been true to His promises.
John 4:31-35 (NKJV)
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.” 33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
When we invited our friends, we had our doubts about whether they would come for Easter. In the natural, our friends and family members may not have looked ready for the harvest. They may have rejected you, or even made fun of your faith. However, that is why Jesus reminds us again that we will need to “lift up our eyes and look at the fields.”
The focus is never on the natural! When we look at difficult situations with our natural eyes, our faith will disappear. Molehills can become mountains as we turn to look at our personal limitations. As Christians, the truth is that we need God to intervene in our situations.
In the same way, when we want our breakthrough for our studies, careers or our family’s salvation, we need to “lift up our eyes” and look beyond the situation, believing God for a breakthrough. Our job is to believe and to claim God’s promises. His job is to bring it to pass.
This does not mean that we just sit back and relax. If we want to excel in our studies, we still need to study hard. Similarly, when it comes to our family’s salvation, we need to be a good testimony at home and spend time with our loved ones. As believers, we have God on our side, tackling problems together with us; working and co-laboring together with us.
Ultimately, God wants to give us the desires of our heart. As we reach out to Him, His grace is more than sufficient for us and His faithfulness will prevail over our situation. Let us continue to hold on to His promises, as He continues to do a work in our lives.