I’ve been blogging and it has been great! I’ve been talking about trusting God and handing everything over to him. Well today I am feeling a bit overloaded. What I’m finding personally is I can give SOME THINGS over to God but I alone try to deal with the matters of the heart. By only giving God some issues, I’m not allowing him to fully throw his weight around in the situation. So this naturally begs the question what do I do? I have to: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6) When I lean to my understanding I can temporally fix things. When I really trust in the Lord he will direct me. I’ve heard people say that you have to trust God when you can’t trace him. We really have to know that God cares for us and has an ultimate plan for our lives. The curves and bends on this road we call life are all apart of God’s purpose for our lives. So when these temporary situations seem to be never ending, remember to trust in the Lord!
Life can really beat us up sometimes. It’s so easy to let our daily issues overtake us. What do you do when your personal life is a wreck, your job/coworkers are getting under your skin and you feel spiritually dull? The Bible says it like this:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
This literally means we can hand everything over to God and he will work it out. We should be so confident in the God we serve that giving him thanks in advance should not be a problem. The best part is God replaces our anxiety with his peace! God has the type of peace that will calm everything around you. There may be chaos everywhere around but God promises us that He will guard our minds through Christ Jesus! That’s enough to ease anyone’s mind. So as you go throughout your day and issues arise, hand them over to God and exchange your worries for peace.
We often pray that God would change our situation; but most of the time God is using the situation to change us.
The situation(s) often change our way of dealing with things. I’ve learned not to handle things with my own strength, but to rely on the strength of God. I’m also learning that some situations may take longer than I would like to heal. I really have to ask God to equip me with the tools needed to handle those situations at that time. This ties well with the first point because I’m learning to handle it. I’m reminded of Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Even though my present circumstances may seem bleak and unchanging; there is something working on the inside. The process is molding me into the person that God would have me to be. That molding process is not comfortable, but it is needed. There will be a glory revealed in me that will overshadow all of the suffering that I thought would suck the life out of me. I can’t speak for anyone else; but my prayer has evolved. Instead of asking God to change the situation, I want him to give me all of the necessary tools to deal with it. I am aware that this is not an easy request, but the glory of God is well worth it. The most positive thing I will gain from this experience will be the ability to help someone else by sharing how God has guided me through and replaced what I saw as suffering with His glory.