Do you ever feel as though life is out of control? That the world around you is falling apart and you can do nothing to stop the pieces from falling at your feet? Most of us hate such feelings. Some of us do better job of dealing with such but all of us struggle to do so.
“Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” — Proverbs 3:5-6
Letting go of control, acknowledging our weaknesses and confessing we are not lord of our own domain are seldom things we admit without a fight. In such moments our sanity is often maintained or lost in whether we find something or someone in whom we might trust. Someone in whom we may rely. Someone of infinitely good character and ability. This “someone” can of course be found in God. It isn’t always easy to trust in God. If we are honest there are “big ticket” items in life for which we struggle mightily to trust Him. Yet, God says, “Trust the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Often it seems my own understanding of my circumstance is all I have with which to face the mountains of life. Understanding is what gives me a sense of control. Understanding is what allows me to manipulate life and direct my steps. Understanding is what gives me a sense of power and authority. Understanding allows me to plan! Yet here God says I shouldn’t depend, rely or trust my understanding of circumstances around me.
Trusting is really the business of acknowledging God in the midst of my circumstances. In the midst of life I am to confess He is God and I am not. God is sovereign, in control and Lord.
I can lean on my understanding or trust God’s understanding. I can operate out of what I know or in what He knows. I can address life in my own power or do so relying upon His power. The choice is mine to make. The temptation is to rely on my frailty, inadequacies and weakness simply for because I can see my limited ability much easier than His infinite ability. We trust our five senses much more readily than we ever do that which is transcendent and beyond our ability to comprehend with the senses.
But this is what life in Christ is all about isn’t it? A life lived in relationship with a God who is beyond us. A God we will never fully understand, know with our senses or wrap our mind around. A God who is beyond the natural and therefore beyond us. A God in whom we might be immersed without a full comprehension of all such an immersion means.
A walk with God is an invitation to death and new life. An invitation to cease living in the natural and begin living in the supernatural. An invitation to the Cross of Christ so that we might participate in the resurrection of Christ. A “born again” experience which enables us to live in Jesus and know a life beyond our own. An invitation to lean not on self and our understanding of circumstances so that we might lean upon God and rest in His understanding instead.
The hardest thing I will ever do is also the most effortless I will ever do; die to self and trust God. There is no effort in dying but there is a letting go, ceasing to fight and laying down of “arms.” Dying to self is surrender and surrender is exactly where God would have us be so we might live victoriously in Him. God would have us die so we might live. The paradoxes are as powerful as the truth they represent. Let go, die to self, release control, lean not on your perceived understanding and power and rely on God by faith in Jesus Christ instead.
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