DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than…Your To-do List

Most days I have a to-do-list.  This is typically a good thing because the list helps me to stay focused.  The problem comes when my list of things to do is so long it’s impossible to accomplish in one day.  That’s when it’s time to prioritize.  Do the cats get food or does my husband get clean shirts?  I have to choose what absolutely has to be completed today and what can wait.  Sometimes prioritizing can be as stressful as trying to complete the list.  If I knew exactly what was the best thing to do, I would do it.  But more often than not, I randomly go through my day checking off what looks good at the time.

If God had a to do list, I wonder what would be on it?  The Bible gives us some ideas.  It says He knows the number of hairs on your head and the exact time a sparrow falls.  Keeping track of all that must be an accounting nightmare.  And of course God’s busy being our Rock and our Fortress, and not to mention our Shield.  The good news is that with everything He has going on, God does not have a problem figuring out His priorities.  The number one most important thing on God’s to-do-list is salvation. 

This is probably not a surprise to you.  After all, salvation of the world is the whole reason God sent us His Son to die for us.  Of course God has lots of things that are important to Him.  God hungers for justice, and healing and protection for you and all those you love.  The heartache comes when your top priority is different than God’s. 

I mean lets face it.  When you are sitting in a hospital waiting room, you’re glad that God is about salvation but at that minute you wish His top priority was healing.  When the police are in your home or the pink slip comes from your boss some protection and justice from God would be nice right about then.  And God wants to grant you all the healing, justice and protection you need- IF it does not get in the way of His plan for salvation. 

Seeing the sickness, violence, and injustice around you, can tempted you to think God is not in control.  But He is friend…He really is.  God’s abundant love for His children makes Him hunger for their salvation but God hungers for justice, safety and wholeness too.  He hurts when you hurt, grieves when you grieve and angers when evil touches your life.  But listen.  The day will come when He will make all things right.  Revelations 21:4 says when Jesus returns, He will “wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

One day, God’s list of things to do will be completed.  You will gaze upon the precious face of Jesus and He will have made all things right.  All the injustice, sickness and pain will have been wiped from the earth as God gathers all His beloved children into His loving arms.  Fear not friend.  He will indeed make all things new.

About Karen Tripp

Beyond being a Christian Counselor and the President of Cancer Companions, Karen loves to read (she's a great reader) and loves to sing (she's a bad singer) in her home near St Louis, MO. Cancer has personally touched Karen's personal life through her dad - a 23 year colon cancer survivor. Impacting lives for Christ through her speaking, writing and counseling fills Karen with a passion which infuses every task she approaches. (except matching socks. Karen hates matching socks.)
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One Response to DEVOTION OF THE WEEK: God is Bigger Than…Your To-do List

  1. Marcia Callihan says:

    Karen,

    This devotional was definitely for me – a gal with a never-ending to-do list … More than that, though, I really do want to be about what He’s about. I appreciate this great reminder!

    Another book that has been a great daily guide for me is Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling. I recommend it!

    Blessings! Marcia

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