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#firstfridayfinds: It.

first friday april 2014

It’s the first Friday in April, which means I’m linking up with Elizabeth at Words and Wonder for first friday finds! Ready? One verse, fifteen minutes, and… go.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (1 Thess. 5:24)

I’m not sure where to even begin with this verse. It jumped off the page to me amidst many other marks and underlinings. This verse speaks peace and hope to my heart – as I sit here on my couch with a cup of coffee and my notebook.

But what will it look like as I go about the rest of my day?

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

God has called me. No, wait. Not past tense. God calls me.

He is faithful.

And He will do it. It. What’s the IT? What’s the IT He calls me to, that He’s faithful to do in me, through me? How often do we ask, “What is God’s will for my life? What is He calling me to? What is IT?”

What if I don’t know what God’s will is? What IT is?

Ah, jackpot! – if we jump back just a couple of verses, we find a pretty clear place to start: Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

Joyful. Prayerful. Thankful. This is God’s will for you – and me – in Christ Jesus.

“But you don’t know what my day has been like. You don’t know what my life has been like. How am I supposed to be joyful? prayerful? thankful?”

It’s time to remember this isn’t a call to muster up righteousness in my own strength. He who calls me – to be joyful, prayerful, thankful – is faithful, and He will do it.

May I yield today to the God who calls, the God who is faithful – and experience the wonder of Him doing something in me that I couldn’t do on my own.