Hardly anyone is immune to hard times. At the time of the hardship, it is difficult to see the silver lining. But after it has all passed, and I’ve discovered that I did indeed make it through, I can often get a glimpse into the meaning of it all. I love it when I look back and realize that God was with me all the while, guiding my decisions, and setting me on the right course. It is then that I know I should trust Him more fully and look to Him more quickly during those times of hardship or transition.
I recently participated in a bible study with three well-known bible teachers. It was my first time really getting exposure to Priscilla Shirer. She called this awareness of God’s presence a “God-Consciousness”. She said “we must each make a personal decision to restore the centrality of God’s presence and authority in the epicenter of our lives”. God must be in the center of our daily living.
For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer. But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. (1 Peter 3:12, NET)
With each year that passes, I aim to do just that, to flood my every thought and every action with God until His will is what is foremost on my mind for every decision or interaction. Priscilla said, “an awareness of God’s presence will cause us to reconsider daily decision we normally make”. And as I become better and better at this God-Consciousness, I do see God’s influence on my daily choices, even in the small areas: television, novels, movies, conversations, friendships, spending , vacations, thoughts, actions, etc.
A God-Consciousness can make a serious practical impact on the decisions and circumstances in your life as well. Recognizing and acknowledging God’s presence and perspective will alter your decisions and ulimately change outcomes. ~Priscilla Shirer; Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed: A study of David
Lord, help me to see You in everything I do. I want to make good choices that will bring honor to your name. Help me Father to not feel anxious or angry or frustrated with my lack of ability to handle what comes. I give it to you Father! Show me Your way so that I may walk in it!