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- God Is Still Good Even In Moments Like These
UNHURRY HACK: We can’t forget who God is when see or experience suffering. First Read Job (focus verses: 1:21, 19:25, 28:28, 38:4, 42:3,12) The book of Job is known for its theme of human suffering, but I wonder too if there isn’t some daily life application hiding in there as well. Read 10 Take-aways for daily application below I’ve often kept this book of the Bible filed in my mind under “biblical extremes,” as in only needed when experiencing extreme suffering, or just too hard on my heart to read and understand. But that’s just not true. We need every part of the Bible every single day because every part of the Bible point us to Jesus. I believe that meditating on the book of Job redirects our heart to the daily awe and wonder of our Mighty God, as well as reminds us who and where our true help comes from. From daily disruptions to disaster and devastation, these words are for us today. God is still good even in moments of suffering, even moments like these… We can’t forget who God is when see or experience suffering. God will never leave us nor forsake us. He never stops watching over us. God never stops being all-powerful and all-loving. We have to remember this while we read about Job and think upon human suffering. God sees and hears what you and I experience and we can’t lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), but we can lean on the strength and security of Christ's hand that holds ours and bears the pain with us instead. Psalm 121 is a blanket to snuggle up in as you read through all of Job’s 42 chapters. Our help will always come from the Lord. Where does our help come from? It’s not in the mountains or hills we see…it’s not in scrolling and texting, and it’s not even kept steadfast in the well-meaning conversations among friends. Even these are fallible. Our true help comes from the LORD, and when we cling to the Maker of heaven and earth, His true peace and wisdom permeate our circumstances. As one of the oldest books in the Bible and part of the wisdom literature in the Bible, we have much to learn. I can’t imagine losing everything dear to me like Job did. Few people can truly say they have lost EVERYTHING. By chapter 2, upright Job lost his wealth and belongings, his household and children, and suddenly finds his own health in crisis. Two words have echoed throughout time and I find myself wondering as well, “Why God?” Why must there even be suffering at all? Surely he didn’t deserve such treatment. Does he? Does she? Do I? Job tenderly responds to his suffering by saying: Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will leave this life. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. (Job 1:21) Later, he also asks “why?”He knew the God he worshipped, but his heart was aching. Try circling all the words “why” and the phrase “if only” in Job’s opening speech. There are many. I so appreciate seeing the raw and vulnerable side of Job and it warns me to not let feelings take the wheel, but to steer into the steadfast nature of God. This question of “why” can drive us to the Eliaphazs, Bildads, Zophars, and Elihus of today. They’ll tell us what they think and might even dapple statements with enough of God’s Truth to make it believable, but at the end of the day, there is only one All-knowing God. These friends of Job offered much needed company and a listening ear, but then piously felt compelled to explain what their human heart could not understand: It must be you Job, what did you do? What did you forget to do? We are fixers, aren’t we? Maybe we should be worshippers instead. (Lord, help me get here) In place of answers, sometimes we just need to bask in the presence of our Sovereign God. Job nails it in a prophetic moment of clarity. We don’t have to like our situation and we can be real with God, but we can also cling to how the story (Job’s, yours, and mine) ends: “But I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the end he will stand on the dust” (Job 19:25). Praise God! Job ironically hoped his story could be etched in stone so that one day maybe his name could be cleared or somehow his suffering could be avenged and redeemed, but it already was (and so is ours) in Jesus Christ. Your story matters (a trendy and true phrase that we hear a lot these days), but what matters most about your story is the beginning and end. Who is standing on the dust? We can either live suffocated and hopeless underneath it, or victorious with Christ as our Redeemer who stands upon it. Does your story begin with Christ? When we surrender our heart to the salvation and lordship of Jesus Christ, a victorious story begins and continues in the arms of our Redeemer. We live in an informational age full of technology and resources at our fingertips, but I think we’ve always been a people desiring explanations. It’s how mankind discovered gravity and the solar system, and the how to bake the best chocolate cookies. That part is not new to the story of Job. Our mind is wired to think and create and solve, but God has always been our answer. Our Redeemer lives, and one day He is going to stand on all the dust of days! Are you awe-struck by God’s power? Humbled by His love, grace, and mercy? We can’t explain the “whys” of things so great as these. And we aren’t asked to, only to trust that the bigger picture (the one God sees) of His glory and reason are perfect. When you take God out of the equation or jump ahead, it always leaves room for error. Caution lights should begin to flash when we rely wisdom of the world. O Lord that my heart would default to seek YOU first and stay there! Every human word we hear must be measured up against the perfect safety and accuracy of the Word of God. Jesus is our plumb-line, not the thoughts and measures of this world. In a hymn to wisdom in Job 28, we see once again that the worship of God should be the place our heart and mind should camp out and stay. “Where then does wisdom come from and where is understanding located? (verse 20). The answer comes a few verses later, “The fear of the Lord--that is wisdom.” (verse 28). There it is again, that daily awe and wonder in worship of our amazing God. Unhurry my heart Lord to stay at your feet in worship so that I can navigate both the good and the bad with a heart of praise. We can learn and trust God’s character, but as Job learns, perhaps we aren’t always meant to figure out God or His ways. “Where were you when I established the earth” (Job 38:4), God asks Job (and us). After listening, Job concludes that God’s ways “they are too wondrous for me to know” (Job 42:3). What a good reminder that we aren’t God and that our human conclusions are so limited and small. There is a great God with a great glory who reminds us often not to lean on our own understanding, but instead to stand with our Redeemer in the midst of it all. What a loving God we have who draws near to us in our Job moments of suffering and our Job moments of anger & sulking. And only our loving amazing good, good God would end a story like Job’s with restoration and blessing. It’s ours too, and that’s standing on the dust my friends! So the Lord blessed the last part of Job’s life more than the first. (Job 42:12) DAILY APPLICATION 10 take-aways from the book of Job: Human understanding is limited and not always accurate. Counsel and close friends can’t ever take the place of God’s Word and Truth. Ultimately we may never understand WHY, but we can always stand firm in WHO. God still draws near to us even in our ugliest moments. In true surrender, every gift or daily blessing we receive belongs to God anyway. Our Heavenly Father is good and loving. God’s character is not determined by my circumstances. It is important to read scripture in context. We can be real and vulnerable with God and ask Him questions, but must also rest in His perfect sovereignty. In Christ we truly have all we need. JOIN ME IN PRAYER TODAY: Dear Lord, you are all-wise and all-powerful, and even in the moments I can’t understand like suffering and injustice, help me remember that I can trust YOU. You are a good God, and a you are a good Father. You still love this beautiful broken world and in Christ you are making all things new. Praise be to your matchless Name, one day all suffering will end and only your glory will remain. In Jesus Name, Amen.
- When We Find Ourselves in Absent Ritual
UNHURRY HACK: In our fast-paced world, we have to be extra vigilant not to rush our time with God. First Read Psalm 50 Make thankfulness your sacrifice to God, and keep the vows you made to the Most High. Psalm 50:14 (NLT) Are you complacent to God’s holiness? We are quick to disagree, but sometimes the rhythms of daily routine can keep us performing rituals rather than acts of true worship. Psalm 50 is a good reminder that God wants a heart of thankfulness and praise over anything we could ever bring him. Does your mouth ever sing lyrics of praise music without true worship? Do your prayers ever become rote and distant? Does your Bible ever remain as printed words rather than written on your heart? Do church and small groups ever become a place to just show up and leave? These are all symptoms of empty ritual, and God desires more for us. God desires to meet with us in these moments. In our fast-paced world, we have to be extra vigilant not to rush our time with God. He is deserving of our full attention. Psalm 50:1 says, The LORD, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets. The Lord calls to us each day, not because he is in need of something, but because our Mighty God loves us. Psalm 50 calls out God’s people who were diligent to bring animal sacrifices, but were only going through the motions. Jesus Christ paid the debt of our sin once and for all and today we live under the gift of grace, yet we can still fall into ritual over true worship. What Can We Do? This week as you read your Bible, 1. Try circling names of God and words that describe his character and action. 2. Read the lyrics to praise and worship music and let your song become prayers of praise. 3. As you pray try the ACTS method: Praise God for who he is (adoration). Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal areas of sin and let your heart break before him as you ask forgiveness and turn back to God (confession). Remember what God has done, is doing, and promises to do (thankfulness). Then bring your prayer requests to God (supplication). A prayer below has been written in this format based on Psalm 50 to get you started. God desires his holiness for us, that we might experience the joy and peace that comes from walking in step with him. He wants our whole heart. When we find ourselves in absent ritual, it is time to make thankfulness our sacrifice to God. He is God and we are his people. Focusing on who HE is naturally moves us to hearts of praise and the ways that we practice worship will begin to fill with awe and humility as a result. Remembering our WHY always begins with remembering our WHO…true change always starts with Jesus. Join me in prayer today: Father God, you are LORD, the Mighty One. Forgive me for the times I’ve made worship all about self and routine. Forgive any sacrifice of empty ritual I have placed before you. Thank you for your grace. Rekindle praise in my heart and remind me often of your character and promises. Swell my heart with thankfulness today. Grow my relationship with you deeply. Let anything I do for you reveal true love and devotion. In Jesus Name, Amen.
- You Are Meant For Extraordinary
Unhurry Hack: We were meant for an extraordinary life because we were created for an extraordinary relationship with God. FIRST READ: Colossians 1:15-23 I’m told the odds are one in a million, yet on an ordinary day I stumbled upon something extraordinary. Finding a four-leaf clover is uncommon, but yesterday I happened to find a rare five-leaf clover. My heart is always so humbled to see examples of exceptional beauty in God’s creation. I don’t believe in luck, signs, or superstition because there is One True God who is bigger than all of that. Instead, I find myself moved to complete awe and wonder of the Lord. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Colossians 1:16 There is much to praise when we slow down enough to take note of God’s glory. Who He is, what He’s done, what He’s doing even now. Evidence is all around us…His glory fills the pages of the Bible as the Living Word speaks to us of God’s great love and power. It tells us of His promises fulfilled and the promises we still await. “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Revelation 4:11 My grandmother Martha taught me how to notice the beauty in simple things. With a savored pace, we often walked hand-in-hand through the field near her house. It was here that she taught me to slow down, listen to birds, and find treasures like buckeyes, four leaf clovers, and the freshly fallen spike balls from the sweet gum tree. She taught me to slow down, lean in, and take note. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn outside with my afternoon coffee to walk along my garden and bent down to look at a patch of clover. As I was making mental notes of the weeds I needed to spray, it was here that I saw the extra leaves and a misshapen clump of heart-shaped green. 1…2…3…4…5 leaves on one delicate stem. I didn’t even know that was possible! Thank you Jesus for letting me see this extraordinary sight. I plucked the beautiful gift and tucked it into the pages of my Bible. Psalm 5 seemed a perfect place... But I enter your house by the abundance of your faithful love; I bow down toward your holy temple in reverential awe of you. Psalm 5:7 (CSB) Christian Standard Bible We were meant for an extraordinary life because we were created for an extraordinary relationship with God. I enter your house by the abundance of your faithful love...Clothed in Christ’s righteousness we are welcome in the presence God. How do we do that? It is only by surrendering our life to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21(NLT) New Living Translation God’s glory fills the world in the beauty and vast greatness of His creation, and it reminds us that we are His. Who but God can speak the heavens into existence? Who but God can form and breathe life into man? (see Genesis 1:1-31) God didn’t have to make us, but He did. What an amazing gift it is that though humanity broke away from that perfect relationship by sinning in the Garden of Eden that resulted in the fall of man, God loved us so much that He made a way for us to be redeemed and restored to that extraordinary relationship with Him. Slow down, lean in, and take note. God’s glory moves us to awe and wonder, but also points us to the greatest example of His love—the gift of the Savior. “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him. John 3:16-18 The Message That is grace. Pure and simple. Just like there was nothing I did to earn, deserve, or accomplish my extraordinary 5-leaf clover…it is was gift. All I did was receive it. We don’t deserve or earn God’s gift of grace – this wonderful unmerited gift of salvation. We are saved from a life away from God and welcomed into His glorious presence now and for all eternity. We receive Christ, and from there we begin a new extraordinary life in him. It is time to live daily in God’s extraordinary love, hope, joy, peace, and power. Would you like to pray with me and ask God for this extraordinary gift of salvation and new life? There is no special formula of words, just express your heart to God. I would be happy to guide you in a simple prayer like this one, similar to what I prayed when I decided to become a follower of Jesus Christ: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. I receive your gift of your salvation today. I believe my sin has separated me from you God, and Jesus Christ is the only one who can make me right with you, not myself or any behavior or merit. I believe Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for my sin on the cross, was buried, and rose again. Begin your work in me today by your Holy Spirit, making me more and more like Jesus every single day. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen. If you prayed this prayer or one similar, then “Welcome!” You have always been a beautiful creation of God, but now you are a Child of God. You now belong to the extraordinary family of God. What next? I like to say, plug in & dig in! Plug in church family – fellowship with other believers and the shepherding of a pastor will help you grow in your daily walk with God and in the understanding of His Word – the Bible. Dig in to the Word – The book of Ephesians is a great place to start along with the Gospel of John. The Bible can be overwhelming, and it helps not to read it intentionally and with context & care. A small group Bible study can really help foster understanding and friendship! And don’t forget to talk & listen to God in prayer anytime, anyplace, & about anything!
- About | Unhurry My Heart
Welcome, Thanks for stopping by! Let me introduce myself...My name is Megan Evans. I write for the hurried heart who struggles to be still before the Lord. I know the space of a busy heart well. I know first hand the challenges of a heart whose prone to run at the speed of the world around it. I've lived out seasons promising God that he was next on my list. One day after crumbling under the weight of everything I thought the world needed me to be, I cried out to God. "I can't be all of these things. Who am I Lord? Who do you want me to be?" His answer was simple, "you are mine." (Isaiah 43:1) An unhurried heart is more than paused physical activity, even the bed-bound can still have a busy heart. Step number one of an unhurried heart is to daily recognize that being a Child of God is our greatest calling & legacy (not superwoman, supermom, or super-whatever else). Step number two is to daily match our pace to the feet of Jesus so we can live life aware of God's presence and to grow in His grace and truth. Step number three is to daily enjoy an interactive relationship with God as he shapes, molds, & leads us to be more like Jesus. More than just a ticket to heaven, Christianity is a daily interactive relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus led us confidently into into the presence of God and invites us to dwell there in all circumstances. What an incredible gift that is to live life WITH God, yet we race past in complacency and lacking awe. We dwell instead in our schedules and our head and heart spins with distraction. Do you hear the call to unhurry your heart today? I fluently speak the language of a busy heart, yet leaning into Jesus taught me his. Through years of serving in women's ministry and through my own personal experience I have learned how to translate God's call for women everywhere to unhurry their heart. I dedicate this blog to my earthly father whose favorite verse was Psalm 46:10. He bought me my first NIV Study Bible in 1994. Dad was a thinker and a great listener. He taught me to do the same. Combining the study of God's Word and learning how to be still and listen, my passion for writing emerged over the years. I write from what I learn along the way. I share my writing with you the reader in the hope it will encourage, challenge, and help you deepen your walk with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Dad has now "run into the arms of Jesus," and I look forward to the day when I can do the same. I seek to live the rest of my days growing in sweet friendship with Jesus, making memories, and even enjoying an inside joke or two with Him. I want to learn as much as I possibly can about following Jesus Christ, the One I have given my heart to and am learning to follow daily! I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ many years ago. I am a wife, mother, and friend, but I am most honored to be called a Child of God. Every day is a gift and I am learning to be still and listen to God's voice so that a single day is not wasted. The greatest plan we can have is total surrender! Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth"
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