Unshakeable Devotional - New Normal

New Normal

By: Laylow Rivera, Technical Director
Have you heard someone say, “I can’t wait for things to get back to normal!”

Over the last 2 weeks I’ve probably heard this countless times.  People are growing anxious and ready to get on with their concept of normal.  My wife and I were talking and wondered what is the new normal?  Will it be normal for people to avoid big crowds?  Will our kids continue to be home schooled? Will we have to wear masks for the foreseeable future?  I don’t know about you, but my face seems to have trouble holding a mask up! I’m reminded of a passage in
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

 We’re new creations in our faith when we accept Christ into our lives, but we also have to say goodbye to the old — and say hello to the new.  In that same way God is telling us to be open to the changes life brings our way.  Sometimes things change in our lives— sometimes good and sometimes bad.  When we’re a new creation there’s a few things that God gives us to deal with the changes.

 Nehemiah 8:10 ….for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

The first thing that God gives us is His joy.  Have you ever been to a store and gotten really bad attitude from a cashier?  It happened to me just yesterday.  I went into a store and asked a clerk how her day was going and she looked at me and acted like she didn’t hear me.  She didn’t tell me what my change was, she simply handed me my receipt and change without saying a word.  I was with a friend and we walked out stunned.  When our lives are changed by His grace we should live a life of joy.  That’s not to say that we’re never going to be upset.  It also doesn’t mean that we’re never going to have bad days.  The joy of the Lord is OUR strength and just like Covid-19… IT IS CONTAGIOUS!  Joy is something that can light up a room.  Your joy can give someone the hope they need when they’re on the verge of giving up.  

God also gives us wisdom to deal with the daily obstacles that we face.  During this time I’ve known of people that are facing very tough decisions.  Some are deciding whether they can afford their home, and others whether they’ll have a job in the next few months.  

James 1:5 (NLT)
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.

My wife and I have been leaning very hard on wisdom from God with homeschooling our kids.  We’re not by any means educators.  My wife is a hair stylist and I am a Technical Director.  When we first found out that school was cancelled for the end of the year we really had a hard time dealing with it.  The first few weeks were hard.  We found ourselves saying, “Only 2 more weeks of this.”  And then Governor Abbott made the announcement about school closures and we were freaking out.  Through this time, we’ve  figured out that we don’t know the answers to every question our kids have.  We don’t wake up thinking about Math problems or Texas history.  But we know that in our quiet time we can ask for understanding on how to approach the day, how we can be more patient with our kids, and how we can get through the day with our minds still intact.  

Everyday is a new day with new opportunities.  Our life circumstances may continue to change, but there’s one thing that will always be consistent-- and that’s God.  Let the old pass, and lean on God to help you with the new.  He’s there waiting for you to give you his joy and to drop a little wisdom on you!  

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Marie Thomas - May 16th, 2020 at 8:02am

Good Morning. Praying for Peace and Joy for the world because its needed. Amen

Maureen - May 16th, 2020 at 8:49am

I love it. Very inspirational message.