ESPECIALLY IN THE MUNDANE
Many of us are brought to our knees when faced with dire situations beyond our control – a woman who suddenly finds a lump in her breast, a mother who has a son battling with cancer, a wife whose husband has strayed to another home, ISIS members beheading our brothers and sisters in Christ. We learn to depend on God in prayer as the enemy attempts to sweep our life and faith away in one sudden blow. When the larger-than-life storm comes, we have no one to hold on to but God.
What many of us don’t know is that prayer is all the more needed when life gets comfortable, when things become stable, and we can rest confidently on our footing. We somehow forget that the devil is a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing. His attacks are subtle yet powerful. His values are exciting yet corruptive. His temptations are appealing yet deadly. His whispers are truth laced with lies.
The enemy may come unnoticed during a typical mundane Monday when we sit at our office desks and we do our usual routine. We check our inboxes while sipping a cup of coffee. He tells us, “Do your job well because your job will take you to places.” This is like the modern version of his temptation to Jesus, when he said he could give all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor (Matthew 4:8-9). Because of this, we are willing to work long hours, giving our bodies away through sleepless nights and skipped meals. We place our life’s focus, priority and purpose on work, consequently disregarding our walk with the Lord, our time with family, our health, and our ministries.
Many of us become slaves to a contemporary idol. We may have worked long hours because of these masters – be it to gain money, to build a reputation, to meet parental expectations, to impress someone, or to match a friend’s lifestyle. The sinful society definitely upholds this idol, making us believe that the more “workaholic” we are and the more achievements we have, the more important we are.
The contemporary idol is Satan’s subtle way of keeping us from walking with the Lord. He feeds on our pride, as we work and achieve independently from God. We would soon get used to depending on ourselves, we walk in the path of death and destruction. Jeremiah says in chapter 17, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.”
It takes a great deal of courage to disrupt the ceaseless striving of our restless soul and go against the flow of society. It takes courage to be willing to lose many good and comfortable things in this world, and trust God to provide in His own way and time. It takes much courage to let go of our own will and ambitions, to kneel down to pray.
It is only when we know who God really is that we can pray to Him with full confidence. The Bible says God is love that He gave His son to die on the cross and set us free from all our sins (John 3:16). God took the burden from our back, made us clean and ultimately set us free from the bondage of this world. He is a loving master who is willing to give us rest when we come to Him, His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). He is a loving Father who gives good gifts (Matthew 7:11).
Brothers and sisters, we often strive wearily to justify ourselves. But praise God! Christ has finished our work, and now He has given us a new life. So I urge you, “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18).
Perhaps, on the next mundane Monday, pray and seek God’s will as you sip your cup of coffee.
Mitzi Uy is one spontaneous lady that sees life as a great adventure. She is a passionate upcyclist, a food enthusiast, an imaginative artist, an insightful writer, and above all, a woman of faith. URL/Website: http://adventuresofprincessmitzi.blogspot.com