MONDAY

We cannot always control our circumstances, but we can control how we respond to those circumstances. Will you allow the Lord to have the first and last word as you walk through each situation you face? As you head into the week, read over and pray through Matthew 11:28-30. Start your week by embracing and speaking truth that reminds you where to turn no matter what happens over the next few days. You’ve got this because God’s got you!


TUESDAY

Some of us have things in our lives that would be much better deleted, but instead, we opt to cover them up. We hide behind shallow responses and fake smiles while a war of tense emotions rages inside us. We see in John 16:33 that not only has Jesus experienced it, but He empathizes with you and promises you a better ending if you place your trust in Him. As you spend time in prayer today, play the song “Tremble” by Mosaic MSC and let the words reiterate the promise that Jesus provides for you in scripture.


WEDNESDAY

You can’t selectively numb the painful emotions without also numbing joy, gratitude, happiness, purpose, and an array of other hopeful emotions. Jesus modeled a way for us to handle the painful emotions through bringing others in and seeking God in the process. He knows that authentic community is vital and that we can face difficult situations better when we lean into life-giving relationships. Read over his experience in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:37-39) and ask yourself: Who do I need to bring in? Am I willing to seek God instead of numbing the pain? Embrace courage as you take those next steps.


THURSDAY

Just because God is silent doesn’t mean that He’s absent. Many of us actually tend to numb our senses so much that we’re not sensitive to God’s voice. Thankfully, God works through people, and sometimes the most tangible form of God’s love is the love you receive from people who love God. Psalm 9:10 in the Amplified translation reminds us that we are not abandoned and that we can put confident trust in God.  Make a decision today that you will lean into being vulnerable with people as you seek God. Then, take a moment to surrender your situation to God in prayer and commit to trusting Him to bring faith-filled people your way to help you navigate the situation in a healthy way.


FRIDAY

Having faith doesn’t mean that you stop working, it means that you stop working by yourself. Jesus gives us a beautiful invitation to stop working by ourselves and give Him our burdens. Are you stressed? Let it go. Are you cynical? Get curious. Are you Hurt? Forgive. Are you afraid? Trust. Are you tired? Rest. Are you lonely? Invite someone in. Are you complacent? Make a change. Are you guilty? Confess. Embracing faith means that you move with Jesus and trust Him with your burdens while you move forward. As you revisit Matthew 11:28-30 in The Message translation, invite God to shine a light in your darkness and commit to taking a next step towards Jesus as you trust Him with your burden.


TALK IT OVER

  • Did you ever use a typewriter and have to cover up your mistakes with white-out?
  • What’s the funniest/weirdest thing you’ve ever accidentally texted someone when auto-correct failed?
  • What are some of the biggest stresses you face in your life regularly?
  • What is your go-to coping method when you’re stressed/anxious/in pain?
  • What do the words in Matthew 11:28-30 mean to you personally?
  • Jesus experienced some of the most challenging moments known to man. What do you think kept him going and trusting despite His circumstances?
  • What’s your go-to scripture that helps you refocus when stress/anxiety/pain consumes you?
Sunday, January 20, 2019 by Steve Cochran