When we pursue God, He gives us His abundant and eternal life both now and forever. We seek first His Kingdom, and trust that He will continually supply all of our needs (Matthew 6:33; Proverbs 3:9-10).
When we surrender our soul – our thoughts, emotions and choices – to God, we gradually learn to depend on Him, not only in emergencies, but each moment of our day. When we consult Him first, He levels our path, brings mountains low, and abundantly blesses us (Psalm 5:8, 25:4, 25:9, 27:11, 86:11).
We know that He is sovereign, wise and powerful; but for some reason, we live like He is our safety net, rather than our Lord and King (Romans 11:33). We often fear that we will not like His plans for us, and we are afraid that we cannot trust Him to keep us happy.
Trauma and disappointments encourage us to attempt to control life. We want to keep our self safe, so we try to direct people, places, and events. When we make our own plans, and trust in our self, we end up frustrated and side-tracked most of the time
In order to trust God, we have to realize that His ways and plans are infinite, and so much higher than our finite goals. Next, we hand Him the reigns of our life and follow His directions in each moment of time.
His Spirit is our counselor and teaches us all things (John 14:26). His Word encourages us to trust in the Lord with our whole heart, and not to lean on our human understanding (Proverbs 3:5-8).
Living in the will of God teaches us to disregard our human plans and resources and to totally trust God instead. We enter God’s rest (Hebrews 4:10) and view life’s challenges through the eyes of Christ in us (Galatians 2:20).
Father God, the stresses of this life muddle up our relationship with You. Remind us to submit to and to trust in Your leadership over our day. Transform the desires of our flesh, the lusts of our eyes, and the pride of our life (1 John 2:16) with the fruit of Your Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Help us to lay aside our goals, cease from our works, and accomplish Your perfect plans for us instead (Ephesians 2:8-10).
Teach us to hide Your Word in our heart, so we do not sin against You (Psalm 119:11). Help us to remember that we do not earn Your blessings, because they are Your free gift to Your authentic Believers. We do not want to consider our self as wise, but we want to avoid sin and honor You with our thoughts, words and actions (Proverbs 3:7-8). Help us to pursue Your righteousness, peace, joy, faith and love with a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22).
Thought for the Day:
God gives us His loving kindness with each new morning. As we lift up each moment to Him, He teaches us His ways, and shows us how and where to walk (Psalm 143:8); therefore, we leave our suffering, problems and thoughts in His capable hands.
– Psalm 55:17