That’s what I believe God tells us….and what He’s certainly been telling me for years. That He is going to accomplish His Will one way or the other. So why on earth would we…would I….want to choose the hard way? YOUR OWN WAY may be pride, anger, etc.. But whatever OUR OWN WAY is, the root of it is SELF-SUFFICIENCY and lack of trust. Of course for me, the hard way – MY WAY – is….drum roll please……….
Yeah, you know it if you’ve read any of my posts…….Here comes the C-word and the T-word and even the F-WORD! Control and Trust and Fear.
I’m sure you’ve heard the claim that 85 percent of what we worry about will never happen to us? According to this, there is absolutely nothing we can do about 10 percent of our worries, and that only the other 5 percent of our worries are legitimate. When we look at our worries in the light of these statistics, seems like most of our worrying is useless….
…..so again, I ask, WHY? Why would I choose the hard way, my way? Why would I worry so much about things unlikely to even happen?!?!
Obviously, Jesus knew a little something about those statistics. Matt 6:25-34
25 Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Yesterday, I heard a sermon (thank you Alex!) based on Matt 18:1-5. I’m not really sure if the intent of his message was truly this…I was actually concentrating on certain aspects of it…..but this is what God was saying to my heart. Alex said that little children are not self-sufficient. They depend wholly on the adults in their lives – their parents – for their existence. They trust. I like how one version put it: “I assure you that if you don’t turn your lives around and become like this little child, you will definitely not enter the kingdom of heaven” or “unless you change your whole outlook…”
I need to stop trying to be self-sufficient and depend wholly on my Father. I need to be vulnerable, humble and open like a child. I need to relax in His Arms, in His provision, in Love, and in His Goodness. I need to cry out Abba, Daddy, and let Him take over. To let go of my need to control. I need an Inside-Out change.
These words are from an email devotional this week – just another GC:
The decision to trust God or to carry the worries of the world yourself is up to you. Either road you decide to take requires an action decision on your part. One road leads to fulfillment and peace, the other road leads to frustration and anxiety. By all means choose the road called trust! God’s Word has never been proven wrong.
Either road you decide to take requires an action decision on your part. We CHOOSE! We can either take God’s Way or our own way – the easy way or the hard way….