“Indeed, God knows every detail of our lives, and when we step out in faith to follow Him, He will show us that our greatest security is not found in the comforts we can manufacture in this world but in the faithful provision of the only one who knows our needs and the only one who is able to meet our needs in every way.” David Platt, Radical
So what if we trust. What if we as Christians, step out in faith and trust in God’s provision. What if we do what He is calling us to do, knowing that the one who is calling us is the one who will provide. In my humanity, I want to do it on my own. To somehow show God that I love Him by following Him, but not asking Him to help. I want to show Him how capable I am.
And as I admit that in writing, it’s actually laughable. That I want to prove something to God? Seriously? He’s God. The Great I Am. He knows every bit of me. He knows how He created me. He knows my weaknesses and the gifts He has chosen to place in me. There is nothing I can prove to Him and nothing I need to prove to Him.
I just need to trust Him. I need to be willing to follow. I need to do my part and work towards what He wants me to do. But He will have to do the rest. He controls the planets and guides the stars and tells the seas where to stop. My daily needs? Yeah, I’m pretty sure He’s got that covered.
I am Grateful for…
Truth, even when it is hidden.
Light, that cannot be quenched by the darkness.
Joy, flowing through every day, even the hard ones.
Hope, that anchors my soul in the goodness and sovereignty of God.
Peace, that catches me off guard when I least expect it.
Love, that pours out from every direction.
Prayer, that draws me closer and hides me under His wing.
Worship, that reminds me of who He is
His Word, that comforts, encourages, strengthens
In Christ alone
We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I love Christmas. I love the baking and candy-making and carol-singing and present-giving. I love spending time with my family. But Christmas is also a time when my heart is heavy. Heavy with loss. Heavy with what might have been. Heavy with wishes for the future. I am sure many of you have heavy hearts for your own reasons. As much as the celebration is wonderful, there can be a sting to it when life hasn’t turned out as we wanted or expected.
So for all of you burdened with a heavy heart, I offer this, from It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.
And ye, beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!
Christmas isn’t going to be the end of weary hearts and earthly trouble. But Christ came so we would have peace in the midst of weary hearts and earthly trouble. So we could know the peace that passes all understanding.
I urge you. Set down your load for a few days. Enjoy the celebration of Christ’s birth and all that it meant for mankind. A new teacher, with a new way. Miracles the poured forth from Him then, and still do today. A daring rescue plan to bring His people back to Him.
Hear the angels sing.
If you are in over your head, you are sittin’ pretty for an amazing work of God.
Beth Moore, Jesus the One and Only
“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
This is what I want for my family. I want us to live this verse out daily so that God’s light shines on all those we come in contact with.
Lord, please make us more like you today.