Each and every day of our lives we face opportunities in which we can either affirm our faith in God to freely give us all things that are needed or to choose doubt, worry and fear.
It begins as soon as we wake up. If you are anything like me, once that alarm sounds, it is a very few moments (seconds even?) before I think to myself “What am I doing today? What is on my calendar for today?” And right after I pose this question to myself and the flood of planned events enters into my mind I am immediately presented with the opportunity to trust or doubt. Will I grab hold of faith in God that He will supply all of my strength, wisdom, patience and perseverance to accomplish the tasks? Or will I grab hold of the seeds of doubt that say: “There isn’t enough time”, “It’s just too hard” or “I just don’t have what it takes”?
And then through the course of the day, so goes the inner conversation. Can I do it? Is God able? Is it possible? Every situation, every conversation, every event of the day carries with it the same opportunity. This opportunity is for God’s character to shine through us, or for our own self to take over. If God’s character shines through us, our choices will be to honor Him, trust Him, point to Him, cling to His promises and rest in His embrace. Furthermore if we choose to trust we will walk through life with peace, inner contentment and an assurance of His love and provision. If on the other hand, we allow our own finite and insufficient self to shine through, the result will be constant fear, anger, doubt, falling short, and otherwise making a mess of life. If we only look at the past or the present difficulties without clinging to faith in Jesus Christ, we will be overcome by hopelessness, frustration, stress and despair.
So today, this week, will you choose to trust Him? Or will you live according to your own limitations? Will you choose to walk according to His promises and His Holy Spirit? Or will you just “wing it” and “make the best of it”? The way that you and I can truly live a life of trust is to commit everything to the Lord, to pray each day and all day, and to read His word carefully, diligently and with faith, believing.
My prayer is that you live a life of trust, asking for and receiving the fullness of the blessing of the Holy Spirit, who provides everything we need for life and godliness. When you do, the impossible will happen, miracles will come to pass, and you will be full of a peace, joy and love that words cannot explain!