Have you entrusted yourself to God? Really?
Contrary to popular wisdom, the Bible does not say, “God helps those who help themselves.” God does say, “ I will be your God and you will be My people” (Lev 26:12) and “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Does that really mean He’ll take care of us on a daily basis? Then He says, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat, nor about the body, what you will put on. .. do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. .. Your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. (Luke 12:11, 29-31) What does that really mean? Can we believe this Word above the nightly news report?
What happens when we lose a job, get cancer or our retirement savings disappear in stock market crash? We feel sick, victimized, and can become hopeless because things didn’t work out the way we thought it would. We ask, “Where is God in this? How can God be with me and there still be this great “calamity” in my life? Why would He allow such evil?”
Maybe it’s our perception that is wrong. Maybe “good” and “evil” isn’t so subjective. Doesn’t the Word say that God is Good? In order to walk in the peace that Jesus promised to give us, we must look beyond our circumstances and look to the One Who is always Good. Actually, evil can only be described by an “absence of good.” It has no basis of its own just as darkness can only be defined as the absence of light. Death is the absence of life. So then God is good, God is Light, God is Life. When we live independent of God, defining good and evil on our terms, we are separating ourselves from Him and His goodness, light and life. This drives us toward evil, darkness and death. This is no small matter to God. Our lust for independence is based on self-preservation and self-centeredness. It actually causes us to keep major areas of our life “hidden” from God. We feel we can do a better job of managing our own life than leaving it up to the One Who created us.
We have been conditioned to believe that dependency is weakness. We really don’t want to depend on anyone for anything. We pride ourselves on our independence and self-sufficiency. This does not please God. It may please us, it may make others envious because we seem to have it all together, but this is not the life that God had in mind for us. Jesus emptied Himself of His rights and became the ultimate servant. He lived from a position of relationship to His Father. He did only what He saw the Father doing. And then He said to us, “Follow Me.” Jesus’ first disciples left everything to follow Him.
God is inviting us into a life of knowing Him, trusting Him and resting in Him. He truly wants us to know that He is inherently GOOD. In His Word, He commands us, “Abide in Me.” He doesn’t want us to bear the burden of managing our own lives. This is a weight we were not made to carry. He invites us, “Come unto me, all you who are heavy-laden, and I will give you REST.” He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our end from our beginning, He planned our future. A good parent will train their child to obey because they know how valuable that will be to them in the future. This obedience brings trust. So it is with God. He trains us to obey because He wants us to learn to trust Him in all things, to trust His judgment, to trust that what He allows into our lives He will work for our good. In the midst of our crisis, God is thinking of our good. He has a plan to lead you through that thing and bring you out in wholeness. Our perceptions, fed by the lies the enemy speaks to us, tell us that the crisis is our end. We see darkness, maybe even destruction and death, but God sees Light and Life. He sees the way out. He sees an end that is greater than the beginning. Can we trust Him? Can we trust Him in our suffering? Can we trust Him in our barrenness? Can we trust Him in our loss? Is He really good all the time?
He is calling us up into freedom. He is calling us to give up our rights and receive our sonship in His Royal family. He has made a covenant with us based on the blood of Jesus, not upon our strengths or merits. It’s not about us. It’s all about Him, His grace, His love, His promise to do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We must learn to let go of all that we perceive to be our security so that He can show us what real security is. We must learn to let go of our knowledge in exchange for the knowledge of the One Who created everything. We must tear down our walls of self-protection and allow ourselves to be vulnerable so that we can experience the love and healing that He so graciously wants to give us. Relationship with Him is what will bring us the security we so desire. It will bring us Wholeness, it will bring Peace.