Written on 04/18/2020
Robbi Shumaker

I don’t want to dwell on a world-wide pandemic, but we have to admit, it sure has changed our lives. We’ve been forced by executive order to stay home (for the most part), for quite some time now. You’re likely either rejoicing over your “pj’s and bunny slippers” time, or you’re ready to lock one or more of your family members outside for the remainder of 2020.

We have parents who have never homeschooled, now stumbling their way through homeschooling. They have kids calling in bomb threats because they can’t bear the thought of Mr. Dad or Mrs. Mom being their teacher for another day, let alone the rest of the year.

We have husbands and wives under the same roof at the same time, for the first time in years. They’re wearing face masks and practicing social distancing … indoors! I don’t think I need to explain that one. 

My point is this. Most of us just aren’t used to living like this. None of us wanted to wake up in the Twilight Zone of 2020.

Well, with all the “new adventures” we’ve been confronted with, I believe most of us still know we are blessed! We’re healthy, we’re fed and some of us even have toilet paper. But even though we know we’re blessed, there can still be a bit more pressure than some folks can handle.

That leads me to the topic I thought I would touch on today.

Have you been a grumpy-wumpy? Have you been complainy and cranky? Well, let me help you out a bit. After all, even the dog will stay outside when we get whiney. 😊 

I’ll start by saying this. You won’t find your answer in all that complainy stuff. Why? Because you won’t find God in all that stuff. God is a happy God. Yes, that’s right.  And not only is He happy - He’s joy, He’s peace, He’s strength, He’s love. He’s everything good - everything wonderful.

There is absolutely NO darkness in God.  And whether you’ve ever stopped to think about it or not, God never gets whiney, or cranky, or complainy … no matter what!  And trust me, He puts up with a lot from His kids!

So if God is joy, peace, strength, love and so on, and we were created in His image (Gen 1:27), why do we get whiney and cranky?

The answer is simple.  It’s because we get our focus on “bad situation stuff” or “world stuff” around us, instead of keeping our focus on “God’s stuff” within us. 

“Wait a minute Robbi. Did you say God stuff WITHIN?” 

Yes, I sure did. God stuff within, for the born again child of God! Right there in your belly, your inner man, your spirit! You don’t even have to go that far to find the path of “no more whine.” Glory to God!

I’m going to give you some pure TRUTH from the Word of God to prove to you, just what and Who is living inside you. Not only will this make your days better (and maybe the days of those around you - ouch!) … but it will bring the dog back into the house!

1 John 4:4 … You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

1 John 2:27-28 … But as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides permanently in you!

John 14:20Jesus speaking … On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you

Is that a smile I’m starting to see on your face?

John 17:22-23Jesus speaking … And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

1 Corinthians 6:17 … But if you give yourself to the Lord, you and Christ are joined together as one person.

Colossians 1:27 … To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Well, I could go on and on with amazing truths from the Word of God, that show you where to turn your focus, but I think you can see.

Your answer is God. Your answer is the Lord. Your answer is His Word. Your answer is “HIS stuff” … and it dwells right there within you!

As you CHOOSE to open your mouth to praise and worship the Lord, to speak His Word, to pray, and fellowship with Him … you will be tapping into the very power of God within you.  And trust me, you will become one happy Christian!

Things around you won’t determine how your day turns out, because you will be focused on “greater is God within you!”

You will not be moved by what you see (or who you live with). You will be moved by what you believe. And you’ll believe the Word of God, the promises of God, and the love of God.

Nothing will shake you, or drag you down, because all your hope is in the LORD!

Now go ahead and call the dog back in … and your spouse and kids too if you need to! 😊