For the past several weeks, Dale and I have been renovating our home. Some of it we contracted out and some we did ourselves. We actually like working with our hands and working together! Can I just tell you that our house was SUCH a mess for the longest time and I am still cleaning up and reorganizing! It’s craziness!
One of the things I was reminded of is that in order to renovate, there had to be a demo-day….it had to get messy first. In order for God to renovate my heart, it will sometimes have to get a little messy.
We are currently in the season of LENT and I shared in my earlier post what LENT is, (click HERE if you want to read it) and what I felt led to write about for the next several weeks during this Lenten season. Since LENT is a time of reflection and repentance, I felt the Lord say to write about the sins that seem permissible in this country that are doing great harm to us and those around us. My first post was about UNGODLINESS. Wow, was that one transformationally painful! So hard to hear and recognize within us, and yet SO very good!!! (click HERE if you want to read it)
As I said in an earlier post,
GOD DOESN’T SEE WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU, HE SEES WHAT’S MISSING
Permissible Sin #2: ANXIETY.
Another acceptable sin in our country today is ANXIETY. It is sin because none of us can picture Jesus ever being overcome with anxiety, right? And ultimately, whatever is in our lives that is not like Jesus is sin…missing the mark. When we are anxious, we are basically saying that God can’t be trusted. He cannot be trusted to take care of us. I am sure that this grieves His heart, seeing as how He gave His life so that we would trust Him. And what a total waste of time to worry?
Matthew 6:27 says, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Worrying is good for absolutely nothing!
God’s Word tells us that in all of our circumstances, God will turn them to good if we love Him and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28). No one grows when things are going well. It’s the circumstances in life that cause us to press in and be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. And if we are in Christ and Christ is in us, then He is in all of our circumstances, working them out for our good. The Bible also says that nothing can separate us from God’s love. Therefore, all of our circumstances are a loving gift from the Father, to grow us up into Jesus.
Maybe part of the problem is our unwillingness to submit to whatever the Lord wants to do in us through the circumstance. Maybe that’s the real problem. We are open to taking control and fixing the circumstances, but we may not always be willing to open ourselves up to letting Jesus do a deep work in us. And then we wonder why we struggle with such a lack of peace! Ouch! Peace comes when we know that God is in every circumstance to work Himself out in us! We are then able to embrace the circumstance and press through it with a peace that passes all earthly understanding!
Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
WHAT IS MISSING IN OUR LIVES IS RUTHLESS TRUST IN GOD
This ruthless trust has the disposition that whatever circumstance comes our way, we are confident that God has our best interest at heart, and is doing a deep transforming work inside of us. we must not let the situation become so large that it minimizes the promises and power of our great God! He wants us to trust Him completely…enough to stake our lives on Him. After all, He gave His life for us! I think He has earned our trust!
Questions to Consider: How much of your life is wasted worrying about your current circumstances? How often are you without peace?
What do I do now? Confess your sin of anxiety to the Father. Thank Him for His forgiveness. Ask His Spirit to help you train in ruthless trust. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify areas in your life where you are not trusting Him, to remind you of the powerful promises available to you, and to give you peace as you submit to His work in your life.
May you know that your God can be trusted with every circumstance.
You are loved,