“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 CEB) http://bible.com/37/pro.3.5-6.ceb
There has been one constant since God created the heavens and the earth, we have a lot going on. With all that is going on that usually brings two things: anxiety which brings stress. We are always so worried about what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen. We have an aversion to seeing what is now, because we are controlled by what has been done to us, what we have done and what will be done.
We don’t trust anything, let alone God.
When we are controlled by anxiety, stress, and distrust that leads to a life of fear, and we absolutely controlled by fear.
Fear is not the life that God wants us to live. It is not the desire that He has for us, there is so much more that He wants for us.
Some of you like me have heard that about God all our lives and when we hear it still we cannot comprehend a day without fear. Largely because we think that we are in control of our lives and everything we have is because of ourselves and our will to get it. You can’t live the life that God desires for us.
Think about this for a moment. God himself had to die to give us what we truly need. Even God in all His perfect glory and majesty didn’t just give us that life, but He sacrificed living in Heaven and came to earth and died a brutal death on the cross. Even God had to sacrifice so He could give.
In that He is teaching many things, but most of all that the life that God desires for us is not freely lived, freely given yes, but we must die to ourselves to live into this desire that God died for us to have.
I have a bracelet that I wear everyday, in fact I never take it off. That and my wedding ring are the two things that I never take off. Here is a picture of both of them:
I always wear these two things because it is a reminder of what truly defines my life. First and foremost I am no longer my own, but I am God’s and everything that I want for my life doesn’t matter, but what God wants for my life supercedes my desire. Secondly, my commitment to my wife to be her partner in everything, in marriage, in ministry, and in life. What’s most important between these two things is that God’s will is primary in both commitments. For the best life possible to truly happen in my life and in my marriage to Amy Christ HAS to be the CENTER. The three rings symbolize that. That at the center of everything: life, marriage, and all that is Christ is and has to be the center.
No matter where you are, what you are going through I submit to you to trust in the Lord with all your heart. This is your choice and that is the point. Trusting is a choice. It’s all a choice, but its the best choice you will ever make.
Live in that Trust.