Daily Devotional 6-6-19

Divine Perception
By Julie White
 
May the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.  To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever.  1 Peter 5:10 – 11
 
Certain people I spend time with just get me. You could say that they hear through the ears of their hearts; that their volume button is God-tuned to just the right decibel. Along with being heard and understood, what else is it about their fellowship that is more satisfying, more fulfilling than that of others? I believe that the answer (for me at least) is, ultimately, divine restoration.
 
This world is in a constant flux of being torn down and being restored and so are we. We can’t help it. We live in a fallen world and when it knocks us down, sometimes we need help to get back up. Jesus is in the restoration business, and as His followers, we are in it too! A lot of people are screaming for help, for renovation, and not saying a word about it, and without a God-tuned volume button, we may not hear their cries.
 
We may hear their rudeness. God hears their emptiness.
We may hear anger. God hears their disappointments.
We may hear hatred. God hears their hurts.
We may hear toughness. God hears their fears.
We may observe immorality. God hears a lack of self-worth.
We may hear demands for attention. God hears cries for help.
We may observe pushiness. God hears insecurities.
We may hear stubbornness. God hears desperation.
We observe weaknesses. God sees strengths.
We see their failures. God sees their potential.
We see their past. God sees their future.  
 
One of the things God does through the gospel is to form a people (Titus 2:14). And there is nothing like the family of faith. As believers, we have inherited the family business, the business of restoration in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior! And if people willingly open their souls to your scrutiny, remember that you are on holy ground. Because of this, listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance so that you respond using the appropriate tools.
 
PRAYER:  Thank you, Lord, for employing your people in the restoration business. Help us to hear what You hear from those around us, and then to take action with appropriate words and deeds that are effective in restoring others to You, to your love, and to your grace.