No one likes to let others know their failings and so we spend a good deal of unnecessary effort covering our problems, whatever they might be; after all tomorrow is another day and things surely will be better. The big mistake we make in this line of thinking is that we forget we have a fixer for our problems or our heartaches. We have been brought up thinking that we can “do all things”; we simply forget the last and most important part which tells us “through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
God fixes broken things in a way that we can’t possibly comprehend and He does it with the extra bells and whistles. I am sure you have recognized at some time or another the marvelous way in which He provides for our health, security and happiness. Yes, you are right, He is an awesome God. Why then do we fret and worry for lengthy times over what we can and should do? Are we so proud of our own capabilities that we hate to give up control for even a second?
God never intended that we would be our own gods. He laid out a good plan for our lives and then paid the price for our failures. It was His intention that we know and love Him, understanding that He had already given us all the answers and solutions that we would ever need. Why then is it that we continually insist that we can do it ourselves. I do seem to remember that that is a favorite expression of little children as they grow and strive to become independent of their parents. How-ever physical and mental growth doesn’t mean that we will ever have all the answers. There simply will be times when either our minds will not comprehend or our bodies will not be able to solve whatever problem that presents itself. But we still have the envelope that contains all the answers we will ever need; I think I do remember seeing that envelope; I think it was left in the Bible that is somewhere in the bookcase. Maybe I should just go and see for myself.
Maybe our problem is that we want our parents and friends to be proud of us for our own accomplishments, but isn’t that simply another label for pride. Didn’t I read somewhere that “pride goeth before a fall”? Well then the next question seems to be how can I value myself if the glory all goes to God? Wait just a moment and seriously think about it. I know I have heard really happy people say that their advancement in life came because they were raised in a good home with good parents who taught them well and took them to church. Well, what has that to do with anything? It has everything to do with it if we allowed it to. God always intended that we be capable and happy children, those who loved Him and knew the ground rules. As it does for our parents it also brings joy to the heart of God, our Heavenly Father, when we live the lives He created us for.
Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 that I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Just maybe this should be our guideline for the rest of the days that we spend upon this earth that our Heavenly Father created.
They say it only takes a little faith to move a mountain,
Good thing, a little faith is all I have right now
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand,
But even if You don’t, my hope is You alone.
- Mercy Me