God Gives Us Purpose

“Joshua said to the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, because tomorrow ADONAI is going to work wonders among you.'” (Josh. 3:5).

This is a newly found verse that called to me in the reading for Thursday.  We are to prepare our hearts and souls today because tomorrow God will be present, bold, and surprising.  We will see it and know that we are loved beyond anything we can imagine.  This is a claim of hope, of faith, and of joy.  Emmanuel (God with us).

I don’t know about you, but there are times that I lay my head on the pillow at night.  I let my mind go into places that it should not, and before you know it, worry overcomes me and will not let me rest in the Father’s arms.  A part of me refuses to close my eyes, frightened at what tomorrow may bring.  Worry, fear, sorrow; they all are real and can grab any one of us in a moments notice.

Just when all seems lost a light pierces its way through the darkness.  The scripture verse found in Joshua compels me to rise up because today will be something like no one has seen before.  We will discover the riches of God.  That is a promise to hold on to; to look forward and find the Holy One.  And with the sign of a new day that yields God’s richest bounties, we give thanks for undiscovered joys.

And so, we move onward to catch a glimpse of You and all of the ways that we remember Your love towards us.  We stop, look, treasure, and bow our heads in worship.  God is love, and out of that holy source pours a fountain of promises and blessings that give us strength during the most difficult of circumstances.  For the hope we find in our tomorrows begins with the joy of today.

Published by joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Belen in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

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