Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside.
was so foolish and ignorant— I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do. Psalm 74:21-28 (NLT)
Did you go to bed last night praying and weeping for someone or some situation? Was your sleep restless because you can’t figure something out? Did you wake up this morning wondering “What am I going to do?” or “What can I do to help _____?” How is this way of handling things working for you?
Jesus said that we should come to Him when we are burdened and heavy (Matthew 11:28-30). He said we should learn from His way because that burden is light. He suggests that I trade my burdens for His. And yet, when I am in the deepest trouble, I withdraw from Him and His ways. I pull in and increase my way of doing things; try harder and think that will bring me a different outcome. Isn’t doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome a mark of insanity? Duh.
Got a problem? Got a worry? Then let us spend more time with Jesus and learn from Him. Let us try being meek and humble. Let us connect with Him like a branch does to the vine. Most of us are not self-motivated enough to do it alone. We need others in His Body, especially when we are so burdened, to lift our arms in encouragement and hold us accountable to His true path.
Let us not be foolish and ignorant like the psalmist says. Let us trust like a child instead of being stubborn like a mule! Is it a step of faith? Absolutely. Does it feel like you are taking a step off into space? I cannot be totally relying on God until I realize that I have nothing else in myself that works.
God is faithful. God is love. God is my Father. Jesus is my friend. His Spirit is there to comfort in so many ways that I cannot understand. No, I cannot earn it nor do I deserve it. I am a child trusting her father. Let us embrace God’s wisdom today and give Him our problems and worries. Come on, move in closer…Give it all to Jesus.