It’s hard to let got and let God because we desire to maintain order and civility in our lives at all times. But when problems mount high and pressures feel overwhelming, we begin to understand more fully how little control we really have. In times of turmoil, we often think, so what is God really up to? Well, experience has taught me that whatever He does is always done in light of His glory and for my good! I’ve learned, the only way God can show me He’s in control is to allow situations in my life I can’t control. This is why it’s incumbent on us to, “Cast our burden on the Lord, and He will sustain us; He will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalms 55:22). I get it, sometimes the wait is hard and we don’t believe that He can, or wants to, work on our behalf. Unfortunately, we often forget at times, that He is the God of miracles, that He can act “immediately,” that He can do in a moment what might take years for us to work through on our own. Hallelujah, we serve a God that can do all things! No Limits! No boundaries! Therefore, we must press in close, and continue to reach out to the One who is All-powerful, compassionate, loving, and kind. He sees our wounds and the troubles we’ve carried; He knows the pain and worries we’ve felt, He knows how much we’ve tried to let go, and fix things in our own power. So, I encourage you to believe that your situation or circumstance is never too big for the God of the universes to bring healing, deliverance, and freedom. Yes, He is Able, He is in control, and like the scripture says, “He will never let the righteous be shaken!”
I don’t know about you but, I want everything in my life to be as fine as frog hair. However, when I experience thermal turbulence or receive an unpleasant circumstance, I don’t rest until it’s fixed. Those of you that ‘know-know’ me; know that I am dead serious! I am a fixer and a problem solver but when my energy, influence, tenacity, and fortitude fail to find an immediate resolution I become extremely uncomfortable. I have learned, circumstances can easily rule our emotions! But God doesn’t want us to be at the mercy of our emotions, life events or the hopeless perspective we sometimes foster about them. Fact is, we can horizontally rise above our circumstances by viewing them through vertical lens. In Daniel 3:16-17 just before King Nebuchadnezzar was about to throw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into a burning furnace, they told the king, “We have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of your hand.” On God, you would think in order for these boys to possess this level of resolve they FaceTime God just before they where summoned! Well, we know that didn’t happen but we do know they made a cognizant decision to trust God despite the consequences. God knows the end from the beginning and vice versa. Therefore, we can trust that He will always take care of us. And when we do, our problems can be seen as non-threaten turbulence on the way to ‘destination peace’!!It’s your choice. No matter the hardship of changing old habits, you can choose to look beyond unwelcome circumstances and leave the consequences to God!
For generations the enemy has confused and dumbfounded folks on the issue of love so much that it’s easy to see the hatred some harbor for others and the contempt they feel for people they don’t even know. Hatred is a poisonous concoction that manifest from the inside out. Hatred produces radioactive carcinogens that eats away at our spirits, hearts, and minds. The Scriptures tell us not to let a “root of bitterness” spring up in our hearts (Hebrews 12:15). Hatred also destroys the personal witness of a Christian because it removes him from fellowship with the Lord and other believers. The cliché “hate the sin, love the sinner” has accumulated its share of criticism in both mainstream American society and within churches. Greg Morse of Desiring God phrased it differently; “We love the sinner by hating his sin.” Morse continued to say, “We hate our own sin, first and foremost, and we take others’ sin seriously because we take their eternal good seriously. We do not wound to cause harm. We wound as the Almighty does: to bind up and heal.” You can’t hate people and love God at the same time! I John 4:20 reminds us that, “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” God knew you before you knew you. And He loved you anyway in spite of what He knew about you. As incredibly generous as that sounds, it’s true. It’s called love. God’s point is so simple. If He got love for you, the least you can do is reciprocate that love to others. As it stands, the key to God’s heart is found in the heart of God’s people!
Brokenness over sin is a good thing because it opens the door to repentance (Rom. 2:15). However, brokenness that stem from life’s many disappointments unexpectedly unlocks the doors to discouragement and depression. Often this kind of brokenness leaves a person feeling crushed, worthless, and bitter. The good news is when we allow God to do the mending, He will take those broken pieces and create new blessings! Make no mistake, God is with those who suffer, those beaten down by life and rejected by the world (Psalm 34:18). Fact is, Whether you consider yourself a Christian or not, the beatitudes preached by Jesus in Matt 5:3-12 will encourage your spirit! Yes, Jesus viewed all things in the light of eternity, and so should we: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2-3). At the end of the day, no matter the severity of the fracture, we will always find purpose and promise in our brokenness when we allow God to do the mending!
The only return you will receive from excessive worrying is case of high blood pressure. It is sometimes a disconcerting truth for many Christians that even though we belong to God through faith in Christ, we still seem to experience the same problems that plagued us before we were saved. The Bible tells us to “Cast our cares on the LORD and He will sustain us; He will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22), and “Cast all our anxiety on Him because he cares for us” (1 Peter 5:7). The simple transliteration of these two passages of text is God will sustain us, He will never let us fall, and He cares for us. Now, I get it, it’s easier said than practiced because we all become discouraged and bogged down in life’s cares. However, we must continually remind ourselves that in order to experience victory over our pain, God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together. Look at it this way, you survived yesterday, you are alive today, and with God’s help you can face whatever comes your way tomorrow! We serve a big God that can do big things because nothing is impossible for Him. So, today, take one step at a time, pray for God’s Word to guide you, read or listen to God’s Word, and meditate on God’s Word. When problems, worries, and anxieties of life becomes too heavy to carry remember Jesus said in Matt 11:29, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Don’t allow worldly circumstances to compromise Godly contentment. In a lonely dingy prison cell Paul penned these words to encourage the Christians in Philippi, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” Notice that he didn’t say, “I’ve heard that in ….” rather, he said, “I’ve learned that in..” Paul’s beliefs about godly contentment were not merely a doctrinal or propositional type of knowledge. Rather, through experience, he had learned to be a practitioner of contentment. So how do we exhibit this practice in our everyday lives? Here are three very simply action steps to consider: 1.) During times of testing cast your anchor in Heaven and find your strength identified in Christ (Matt 6:19-20). 2.) Thank God for then blessings you already have (Ps 107:1). 3.) Believe that God will make good on what the enemy made bad (Gen 50:20). Exercising godly contentment enables us to live out our Christian duty to demonstrate the work of God’s spirit ‘in us’ so that the world may see the transforming power of our God ‘through us’!
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.”