This is the last Monday of the year and the last devotion of 2008. I pray that you have been blessed as the Holy Spirit brings to life stories of the Bible and helps us understand that we, as humans, are the same yesterday and today. Technology changes and we move at a faster pace than ever before, but God’s dealings are consistent and just every time.
I look forward to what the Lord has planned for 2009. I pray that the devotions have allowed you to ponder over your life and at least made you stop and think for even a minute.
For me and my family, it has been life changing as we have journeyed through the Bible and allowed the Holy Spirit to show us the word with “new eyes”. I pray that each and every one who has been touched by the emails experience the same or even more than we have. We can ask for wisdom as Solomon did, have a heart after God’s own like David had, and work wonders in peoples’ lives like Paul did. God is the unlimited resource and will provide all for His will to be done. Let’s look up towards Him for everything and expect the unbelievable.
May 2009 bring many blessings to each and everyone.
This ‘comedy’ movie is about one mans’ ambition to reach the top and his full focus is comprised on being the anchorman for a local news station.
Bruce is completely channeled into this position but there’s one distraction that is holding him back from the deep desire to reach it; he has competition in the office. There is one opponent who has that same desire for that same position.
Romans 9:16 (AMP)
So then [God’s gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God’s mercy. [It depends not on one’s own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God’s having mercy on him.]
We may have a strong ambition to reach a goal and we can work really hard to try and accomplish the task. But are we spinning the wheel with so much effort and are not getting the results we intend to receive? Is that ambition pointing towards the Lord or is it pointing towards us?
If we study the book of Kings in the Bible, we’ll read in every situation the good and bad ones. The ambitions were strong but if evil was among any of them, destruction for themselves and their future generation was eminent. When a king chose to be good and follow the Lord’s commands, there was always prosperity in the kingdom. We see the consistency of God’s hands working in every situation.
Bruce is directed to cover small stories. He doesn’t like it but if this is what it takes to get him to the top, he’ll do it. He has a certain character that makes everyone laugh like no other. Bruce makes anyone and everyone smile; unlike his competition who is serious and arrogant.
Before the Lord gives us that over the top assignment, He will give you what seems to be menial assignments; those you can’t understand why you are doing them. “How is this going to help in achieving my mission?”, you may say. God is omniscient and He knows what we need to perfect us for that position and for our future. Let’s think about an assignment you were working so hard for and think about the simple, menial things you did to get there. I don’t think any of us can say that those things were pointless. I can still look back and bring forward to my present experiences situations I went through and use them to help others. I didn’t want to go through the experience and would have preferred to take another route, but I know now that the effect wouldn’t have been the same. You will have compassion for those you help when you experience the hardest trials in your life; those will be your success stories in the future. If we keep that in mind, the following verse should be so close to our hearts because we will know what is coming our way.
I Peter 5:10 (AMP)
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.
Delays, disappointments, and the feeling of failure overwhelm Bruce as the anchor position is given to his competitor. He goes crazy and because of his behavior, loses his job. We have to remember that when our ambition is gearing towards the opposite path to where the Lord wants to lead us, things will not go right for us. This may have been Bruce’s lowest point in his career, but it was God’s turning point to steer him in the right direction.
The ambition had reached such a high negative level in his life that he loses focus on everything else around him; a woman who loves him and has been by his side from the beginning. He’s 40 years old and is feeling that he has accomplished nothing meaningful in life. He feels that by getting the promotion, it would give him status and prove to those who thought he was a loser that he could be a success just like anyone else. He would be able to afford more and not live a mediocre life. The irony of the situation is that the one person who does really care, doesn’t think these things are important.
Does a promotion, better job, or status make you a better person? Is it your career or who you are as a person that matters most? Society is notorious for labeling people in classes and what their worth is. But the almighty God measures the inside where no one else can see and classifies us as princes and princesses of his Kingdom.
The world is full of competition and it surely gets the ugliness out of all of us when we compete for that one thing everyone else seems to be after. But why does it have to be that way? We try to replace God in all the places that He should reside, instead of allowing Him to dwell in all or our affairs.
It is truly a blessing and honor as my husband and I allow the Lord to lead in every aspect of our life. There are challenging days, but I’ve noticed that these challenging days come when we’ve taken back from the Lord what we asked Him to take control of. If we give the Lord a situation, He provides peace and joy in the household. Sometimes, we actually forget about the situation. When we start to worry about something, the tension builds up and the household is not at ease. It’s remarkable how the enemy has tried to convince us that more is better and get it at any cost. More can be better when we allow the Lord to control it.
We’ve experienced many times when we prayed for a need to be met and we had faith that the Lord would come through for us. We had a most recent situation that we took our hands off and allowed the Lord to work it out. Sure enough, time was getting close and a decision had to be made for January 2009. Paul told me on Friday, December 19, that we received our answer. We were to get our needs met on December 31; in time for our January 2009 deadline; we made preparations to receive and disperse. The wonderful part of this situation is that the Lord provided the need then decided to give us a little more to enjoy. We’re always reminded that it’s not our time but when the Lord grants it to us.
II Peter 3:8 (AMP)
Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.
Bruce gets so desperate that he calls out to God; he states that he needs a miracle. God is giving him signs but Bruce is so angry that he misses them and gets into a car accident. Bruce continues to get a page on his beeper but he ignores it. It’s not until the third time it beeps that he pays attention and calls back the number. He’s given directions to where he needs to go.
He meets up with a character that is portraying God. They have their discussion and Bruce is given the task to be God for a little while with the condition that he is not to interfere with the ‘will’ of the people; the power of choice the Lord has given us. Bruce is having some fun with his power and actually exercises the power of choice himself.
The real task begins as he commences to hear the prayers and petitions of humans. He makes some mistakes along the way and realizes that not everything should be granted to humans at the destined time they would like to have it. It takes careful timing and skill from God to grant and deny requests. God doesn’t make mistakes and His Will is always in motion. But because of our power of choice, He may delay something for the good of the whole situation. This is when we, as humans, feel God isn’t listening. When in fact, He may be delaying because if He was to grant it to us at our time, it would mess up something else that is better for us. If we think about it, God has the toughest job in the universe.
Bruce’s girlfriend, Grace, eventually breaks up with him. Through drastic events, Bruce realizes the power of “free will” and learns not to look at self but to care so much for someone else that his prayer request changes from wanting what he thinks it’s best to wanting the best for her. This changes his destiny to how God originally planned it. We see how Bruce’s original desire to be an anchorman wasn’t part of his destiny. God wanted him in a lower position covering less critical news so that Bruce would have free time to do God’s work. At the end, Bruce accepted God’s plan and focused on what his destiny was to be. In accepting this, he became fulfilled and was able to move on.
Many of us would not agree to watch a movie like this because we think it’s mocking God in some sort of way. But if we look deep into it, there’s a B-E-A-U tiful message that can reach those otherwise can’t be reached.