“You have caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; but You brought us out to rich fulfillment.” Psalm 66:12
Have you ever felt like one day just runs into another day? That the things you do and the motions you go through are a copy of the next? That all you are doing is running in circles and going a whole lot of no where? These are the thoughts that started going through my head as I was reading Hebrews 10 this morning and thinking about the role of the priests in the temple, who “repeatedly [made] the same sacrifices, which [could] never take away sins.” Sounds like a thankless and meaningless job doesn't it?
“And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But [Jesus], after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Hebrews 10:11-14
But, then there is the truth that God reveals regarding the purpose behind all these monotonous routines. God was not just making his people and their priests do circles in their lives for no purpose. Instead, He had a greater purpose in mind than they could see from living their lives from day to day. The reality was, that as the days drug on, God was setting of an example with the actions of His people to point to what He was going to do to take their monotony away. All the time He had been setting the stage for the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus, which would have an even greater impact to those who had been acting out the seemingly fruitless commands of the Lord. Those who had been faithful were the ones the Lord had shown enough favor to keep their eyes open to the hope of something more beyond their futility.
Maybe you are finding yourself in that place today. A place where the monotony of life has got you wondering what God could possibly do through the simple acts He calls you to go through each day. Have you ever given thought to how God is keeping your eyes and the eyes of those around you open and watching during these monotonous days? Or instead, are you too busy complaining about what you have to do each day that you are not looking for God in any of the activities that fill your life?
Now, I am speaking as a person who has been in that pit of monotonous living and complaining, so I am not being condemning with my words to you but rather just confronting a fact of human nature we can all fall prey to - that of always seeking to live exciting and externally rewarding lives. So, instead of being too soft on this issue, I want to speak to you as a real friend, a friend who doesn't want another sister in Christ to fall into the same trap she has countless times. And, a friend who does not want you to miss the ways the Lord is working in you life and preparing you for the majestic works He desires to do in you and through you because of your faithfulness through all of life's demands.
Today, as you as thinking about all of the things God has asked you to do in your life, remember that He does not spare His children from the difficult or the monotonous, but rather He uses those opportunities to bring our attention back to Him and prepare us for what is ahead. Read what Isaiah and Jonah say likewise:
“Out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and You heard my voice. For You cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the floods surrounded me; all Your billows and Your waves passed over me.” Jonah 2:2-3
There is protection for those who believe, but never such protection to keep us from not even seeing God and how He can work to save us, renew us, strengthen us, and show His glory through our simplicity. Be encouraged today, whatever tasks you have before you. Wherever you have been called to do today by the Lord Jesus who loves you without measure you are sure to find purpose and His greatness in it if you are faithful to keep going and not give up or seek for a more exciting life. The truth is, God not only remembers your faithfulness in the big and exciting moments of life, but He also uses every act of simple obedience for His purposes, for your righteousness, and to show His majesty to a world that does not even know what they should be watching for.