Thursday, June 24, 2010

Still on the Job

Thursdays - Devotions for Writers

“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don't jump to the
conclusion that God isn't on the job.”
(1 Peter 4:12 The Message)


How are you doing today?

Great?

Awesome?

Did you get another book contract signed? Step on the scale and discover you lost five pounds? Get a promotion at work? Receive a reduction in the cost of your car insurance? *grin*

If so, God is taking good care of you. Right?

But what about the days when you receive another rejection on your manuscript? An unexpected bill arrives in the mail? Your kids come down with the flu while you’re frantically trying to meet a deadline? Your critique partners tell you the chapter you slaved over needs a little work – or actually, a complete overhaul?

Is God on the job then? Is He too busy with world disasters – famine – floods -earthquakes to pay attention to your life? Or is He just taking a much needed vacation?

Does He even care that you’re discouraged? Worn out? Frustrated?

Of course He does. The verse for today states that when life gets really difficult, we shouldn’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job.

Don’t judge God’s care for you based on what you can see. “We live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV). He could be working on your behalf in ways you can’t even begin to fathom.

Remember . . . He never said you wouldn’t face adversity. But He did say you would never be outside His care. "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5 NIV).

No matter what challenges and disappointments we face in our daily lives – and that includes our writing career– we need to keep believing.

God is still on the job.

Have faith.

Dawn

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