The world encourages us to fight and to never give up in surrender. This philosophy caused my friend to fight cancer for three years in six different organs, only to lose the use of all of her joints, which were destroyed by the medication, and to eventually die from a seventh tumor.
Yet, my husband’s cousin’s wife chose to trust God through cancer; and she lived three strong years, serving God through every minute of them until the very end. I am not advocating one choice or the other. We each need to consult the Lord for our self.
Trusting God with our whole heart; ignoring humanistic counsel and philosophy, as well as our own desires; and consulting Him with all of our decisions – great and small, allows Him to direct our choices in life (Proverbs 3:5-6).
The devil attempts to stop us from abiding in God’s rest by filling our mind with his lies and humanistic thinking. Resting in God’s faithfulness is one of the most effective weapons we possess when facing spiritual warfare; this is how Jesus faced death triumphantly (Mark 14:36).
Our Lord continually surrendered to God’s will, even when living His final days on earth. Yielding to the will of God empowers us to trust Him with our trials in life, as well as in death. If we live each moment guided by His Spirit, we clearly hear His voice (Galatians 5:15-25).
Worry only complicates our problems by adding the debilitating result of stress to our circumstances. God’s Word highly recommends that we turn our anxiety into faith (Philippians 4:6-7; Matthew 6:31-32). God sees our troubles and cares about them all.
Resting in God’s will is like swinging in a hammock all day long, sipping lemonade, feeling the breeze caress our hair, and enjoying the warmth of the Son’s rays as they infiltrate every cell of our body with His peace and joy.
Father God, teach us to consult You with every decision we have to make all through the day. We want to trust You with our life and death, rather than in humanistic advice from the world’s philosophy, and from supposed wise men and women. You know what is best for us.
We want to rest in Your love, peace, wisdom, timing and will for our life and death, rather than in decisions made for us by well-meaning people. We focus on You and disregard our circumstances, knowing full well that Your ways and timing are perfect. You are our refuge, strength, and ever-present help in every moment of trouble (Psalm 46:1-3).
Thought for the Day:
Jesus slept in the boat during the fierce storm, because He rested in our Father’s will for His life; God calls us to lift up our face without shame, to stand firm and unafraid whenever we face trouble or death, and we will fear no evil because God is with us and comforts us.
– Matthew 8:24-26; Job 11:15; Psalms 23:4