We have all been there.
We have gripped our knuckles tightly around that thing in our life that is unpredictable. Could be your budget, could be the safety of your loved ones, could be your job, could be the salvation of someone close to you, or it could be the growing family of groundhogs digging trenches under your garage.
You actually feel better when you convince yourself you are in control.
After you said your piece, after you charged instead of saved, after you contacted everyone you could think of to pray, perhaps after you have blocked every opening at the base of your garage.
You breathe in sweet victory. You may be exhausted, but not too exhausted to pat yourself on the back.
The devil uses that temporary feeling of self-satisfaction to inflate your pride.
Look how much time you spent! It was well-worth it because you are a rock star!
Maybe this doesn’t seem odd to you.
Why wouldn’t you congratulate yourself after a marked accomplishment, a goal set and earned, or receiving some outside recognition?
It is a tough balance, walking the thin line between flesh and spirit, between pride and surrender.
This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. (Jeremiah 17:5-6).
God does not mince words with trust. Isaiah 2:22 tells again plain as day “stop trusting in mere humans who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”
If God tells us 365 times not to fear, then He is telling us 365 times to trust Him.
We can make excuses for why we trust ourselves more or make jokes about why we get ahead of God.
How about we bow low, open our hands and hearts, and surrender?
Not my will but Yours, Lord.
Help me trust You to provide strength to my tired bones, to lift me when I am weak, to be my guide as I complete projects and assignments. Lord, help me trade in my limited scope for Your wisdom.
May I remember to trust You in the dark, in the bright morning sun, in the dusty valleys and the amazing mountaintops.
And Lord, I rebuke in the name of Jesus any devilish schemes against me, any temptations put in my path to do things in the limitation of my physical body or mind.
Thank you, Lord, that you love us so much to teach us.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).
Only God would overflow blessings toward His beloved children who trust Him fully. Such a beautiful picture painted amidst the pain and suffering Jeremiah witnessed. Hope for those who turn back to God, who say I put my trust in You alone … we will never thirst, will grow ever-fed roots, and both fear and worry will have no rightful place.
If we lay down all things we have accomplished in our strength without leaning on God, can you imagine how those things would be multiplied by heaven in ways we never thought of?
If we just begin to say at the start of each day, Lord I trust You. Lord, show me, teach me, guide me … I expect and believe His Kingdom will come here on earth just as it is in heaven.
In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, Lord.
Although You were angry with me; Your anger has turned away and You have comforted me.
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord Himself, is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation”
With joy, you will draw water from the wells of salvation (Isaiah 12:1-3).
I cannot help but praise His name! Yes with joy, I want to drink from wells of freedom, Living Water of Jesus.
Trusting Him, especially when we can’t see how everything will work out for the good as He promises to those who love Him, is hard.
For me it is a habit of surrender. No matter what I think, no matter I am doing, surrender to Him. I am not there 100% yet.
How about you? How do you lean on God more? How do you stop trusting in yourself?
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Seek His blessing that He has stored for you.
Trust in Him to receive it.
Love in Christ,