I've been doing a devotional study this month, and find that it has been such a positive start to each day. I wanted to share a little recent life lesson. Funny that whatever it is I'm dealing with, I go to my devotional and it is exactly what I needed to read.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding." That's a pretty tall order, right? Well, that is what I'm trying to do. Rather than a 'resolution' (let's be honest, I rarely keep them) I decided to choose a verse to live by. Something that would challenge me daily. Since I tend to be a control freak with my life, and I tend to over-analyze everything coming and going, I wanted to learn to lean on the Lord more. After all, He tells us to in Proverbs 3:5. That means even when we don't know why or how. Trust in Him. That hit me pretty hard. Especially when I turned to the daily reading in My Utmost for His Highest devotional and it said this:
Have you ever said to yourself, "I am impressed with the wonderful truths of God's Word, but He can't really expect me to live up to that and work all those details into my life!" ... We think His ideals are lofty and they impress us, but we believe He is not in touch with reality - that what He says cannot actually be done. Each of us thinks this about Jesus in one area of our life or another. These doubts or misgivings about Jesus begin as we consider questions that divert our focus away from God. While we talk of our dealings with Him, others ask us, "Where are you going to get enough money to live? How will you live and who will take care of you?" Or our misgivings begin within ourselves when we tell Jesus that our circumstances are just a little too difficult for Him. We say, "It's easy to say, 'Trust in the Lord,' but a person has to live; and besides, Jesus has nothing with which to draw water - no means to be able to give us these things." And beware of exhibiting religious deceit by saying, "Oh, I have no misgivings about Jesus, only misgivings about myself." If we are honest, we will admit that we never have misgivings or doubts about ourselves, becauses we know exactly what we are capable or incapable of doing. But we do have misgivings about Jesus. And our pride is hurt even at the thought that He can do what we can't.
WOW! I was completely stunned. I certainly don't mean to doubt, but there are times that I do! I tend to think that I have a better handle on a situation because I'm living it, I know what I can or can't do, and I'll figure it out along the way. What I unintentionally do is forget that God has this grand master plan for me and my life. He already has it figured out before I even question it. He already has a solution before I even know there's a problem.
So, life lesson for the day, trust in the Lord.