Yesterday morning I was curling my hair for church. We’ve been away for a couple weeks on holidays, so we were looking forward to being back. Troy had some worship music on, and I was pondering the future and some decisions to make. We have some unknowns, and also some exciting things to come.
In this case, it’s easy to a) worry and think of a dozen scenarios that may take place b) run ahead of the Lord and figure it all out, so that it’s neat and safe and sorted
As my Sunday hair and make-up began to take place, I truly felt like the Holy Spirit remind me that needing to trust the Lord, needing to exercise faith, is exactly where I want to be as a believer in Christ.
I never want to be in a place in life where I have control of everything, and Troy and I feel like “we’ve got it covered”. Why then would I need God to come through for us and show Himself strong on our behalf? How else do we exercise faith? It’s in the situations of life where our human finite minds don’t see the whole picture, and we have to pray and trust.
I never want success, or our version of success, to supersede my dependence on the Lord for our daily bread. And by daily bread I don’t just mean food. I mean I never want to NOT rely on God for all my emotional, physical, and spiritual needs to be met.
Hebrews 13:9 says that, “…it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace…” It is good for us to need to rely on the Lord to come through in our areas of weakness. In our uncertainties.
In our North American culture, it’s easy to get our every need met and even misinterpret a life where everything is sorted for the ‘blessings’ of God. Yes, there are seasons of life when everything is tickety boo, provision is there, peace and joy are present. And that truly is a season of rest from God. A gift. Absolutely, revel in that. But even in that season, our faith needs to rest in God, and accept that season for what it is. Rest also takes faith.
But maybe we need to see living a ‘blessed’ life as one that truly relies on the Lord, for everything, in everything. Living blessed isn’t having everything we want and everything under control. But blessed is actually allowing God to move in every area of our life, in His time, in His beautiful way. I’ve shared before how I like to have my ducks in order, quacking on command. I like to know what to expect, I totally do! But how is my faith allowed to grow in that?
So as you start your week, I challenge you to look at your life. Are there areas that you have neatly sorted and controlled, with no room left for faith to grow, and for God to truly move on your behalf? And if there’s areas where your faith is being stretched… yay! It’s a good thing. It’s not a bad thing to have needs that only God can meet. Let’s celebrate that together, because it means we have to depend on our good good Father.
I don’t want a life where I don’t need faith. Jesus, may I always, always, be aware of my need for You.