Our Faith, God’s Outcome

Thursday, July 11

7-11By Michalina Bartlett of Gainesville, Florida, USA

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

—Romans 15:13

Facing a new experience or difficulty can create stress even though you know God is with you. Not knowing the future raises fear; however, the unknown also challenges our faith in God.

As we face unknown outcomes, of this I am sure: God will use our presence and loving spirit to bring ministry. The words won’t matter as much as our willingness to serve. God has given us the gift of a kind and loving spirit to use as we choose. Although the venue may be different, the situation might be the same—hurting people need God’s blessing and our presence. We step into the blessing by our willingness to serve. God waits for us in this place. If we rely on the Divine, the outcome will be God’s outcome.

We may already know all this, but in moments of challenge, it helps to hear assurances of love and God’s presence from someone else.

When facing unknown experiences, God works with our willingness and through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring ministry. Our words won’t matter as much as our willingness to serve. Prayerfully walk by faith, not by sight, and do not let the outcome be a concern. Give up control. The outcome belongs to God.

Prayer for Peace
Compass God, point us toward our ministry and give us faith to follow. Lead us to places where we can share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will let go of expected outcomes and accept what comes with faith.

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