Recently, my husband and I watched the new movie, “Fireproof.” In this movie, one of the characters, asked another, “Do you trust Him with your life?”
This question struck a chord with me. Often, we say that we’ve given our life over to God, or we pray about a problem, but we still fret and worry about it, anyway.
Let’s look at scripture and find what God says about giving him our cares:
"Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." (Psalms 37:3-7, KJV)
First, he says by trusting in him and doing good, we have a place to live and food to eat. He will provide for our needs, if we will let him! Sometimes we make things harder on ourselves because we are searching for our own way around a problem. God has the answers, if we’ll just go to him for them our lives will become easier.
Second, he says to delight in him. Isn’t it difficult in the midst of trials to delight or be joyous? God says to delight in him and he will bless you with the desires of your heart. But, as James cautions us, let us examine our desires to be sure they are within his will (James 4:3).
Third, commit your way unto the Lord means everything we do should be for him. Not only that, but “trust” in him. There’s that word again that we often have trouble with! But, God says to do this and he shall bring it to pass. Your righteousness will be shown for all to see.
Fourth, here is another thing that we struggle with. We must rest and be patient on God. He works on his own time, but he does work. And then he reminds us to focus on ourselves. Don’t worry about the wicked that prosper, but we should do all things that bring him glory.
God continually reminds us that he is greater. I am reminded of the great painters who painted wonderful masterpieces. But, if you looked closely at one spot in the painting, however, all you would see were tiny dots. Sometimes we find ourselves in situations and our way is blurry. We need to look at the Master Painter because he knows the big picture and he will help to guide our steps.
(First published at Forthright)