Monday, February 26
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths."
As a parent, I think the most difficult thing to adjust to is when your children start to be able to do things on their own. It seems like one day they want to be carried by you, then the next they are wiggling in your arms and want to be put down, so they can run around the house. The positive side is that they are growing and learning; the negative side is that they start to think that they are more capable then they are. Suddenly, they are climbing onto counters, jumping off tables, and trying to grab things from the top shelf that are way too heavy for them. Children lack the experience and wisdom to properly gauge their limitations. That is why, as parents, we will still have to guide and protect them, even when they start doing things on their own.
The same issue can happen to believers who have been in the faith for a long period of time. We know what to say and do in order to appear as if we have a good relationship with God and are trusting Him for what we need. However, many times we get lazy and allow that understanding to act like a crutch to keep us upright. Do you ever look back at a day, a week, or even a month and realize that you have never leaned on God for anything - that there was not a single time when you said, “I have to trust in God for this, because on my own I am going to drown?”
If you can raise your hand to that, it is okay, and my hand goes up with yours. It is easy to allow ourselves to fall into a state of suspended animation. Yet, nothing about God’s plan for our lives is about the easy or the safe. He wants to put us in uncomfortable, difficult circumstances in order for us to have to trust in Him. So, the result can only be attributed to Him and no one else.
Today, as you go to school, work, shopping, cleaning the house, and dropping the kids off at school, take some time to chat with God about the level of trust you currently have with Him. Then, hopefully, talk with Him about how you want to raise it and not rely on your safe, personal understanding, but the unsafe, scary, dangerous, glorious and exciting place where God wants you to be.
God, make me desire to be in the places that You want me to be. Give me peace in the face of fear, boldness when I want to be timid, and the wisdom to trust in You even when the road seems to be dark and dangerous.
- Pastor Dave