It is so easy to say we are trusting God in all circumstances. However, when we get impatient, are we more likely to keep trusting Him or try to fix it ourselves?
But those who wait on the Lord, Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
Why do we convince ourselves that no matter what a situation may look like, we think we can handle everything in our own strength instead of trusting God in all circumstances?
When we get SELF out of the way that’s when God will step in and do what we can’t!
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Whom do you look to when you’re facing issues that are out of your control?
The response I’m quick to say is that I look to God in those difficult challenges.
However, is my mind and heart quick to agree with that statement?
If I’m being 100% honest I’d have to say NO!
The truth hurts us sometimes doesn’t it Friends?
If I looked to God for the strength I wouldn’t be trying to find a way to “fix” the situation’s myself, would I?
Can you relate to the challenge of trusting God in all circumstances…no matter what?
Do you tend to want to “fix it” like me?
It can be so hard waiting for things to change sometimes.
We look around and see nothing happening so we want to try to rush it along.
Have you ever looked back and questioned: “Wow, I sure made things worse by doing ____?”
Yep, me too!
Why do we surrender something to God to turn around and take it back?
Do we think we can do a better job than our King?
We make an even bigger mess of things, or at least I do!
I have this OCD thing going on.
I want things in a certain order.
If they aren’t I step in and put it how I think it should be.
In all honesty, that tendency leaks over into everyday situations.
I will try to explain.
For instance let’s say, someone, I love may be dealing with a circumstance I think they shouldn’t be and No Matter What Do I ____?
Allow them to try to figure out a solution to fix their problem?
Jump in and try to “fix it” myself?
Did you guess correctly?
Yep, I try to fix it according to how I think it “should be.”
Is that the right thing to do?
Are the individuals learning anything by my jumping in to “handle it?”
I would say no they aren’t.
I will give you another example.
I’m the type of person who would rather go ahead and do something than to depend on others to do the same thing I would do myself No Matter What Do I ____?
Give them the opportunity to see if they’ll do what I think they should?
Do I think why bother If it’s needing to be done I will just do it myself?
Did you guess the right response?
I bet you did.
Instead of waiting to see if the individual would “jump in” on their own I’m thinking to myself why wait I know they aren’t going to. I’m just gonna do it myself.
How often do we try to do it ourselves on our own time rather than trusting God in all circumstances?
That can be so exhausting plus you get run down, mentally and physically.
Do you know that we can put God in a similar situation?
That’s something I wouldn’t want to do intentionally.
However, I’ve come to realize that I do that very thing.
Have you considered if you do as well?
My health issues can be hard to deal with at times.
It can consume my thoughts if I allow it to do so.
I know it could be much worse that being said still doesn’t make it easy sometimes.
As a matter of fact, I’ve gotten so tired of waiting on the Doctors to do something with my foot I’ve taken it into my own hands so to speak.
Trust me when I say that may NOT be necessarily a good thing.
Much too often, I question God’s timing.
Why this, Why that, Why can’t you do it this way, my way, What’s taking so long, Will you step in and “fix it” already Lord?
Waiting and trusting God’s timing is easy when all is going well.
It’s in those challenging times when it’s the most difficult.
We tend to want to jump ahead of his way and his timing.
I think as women it’s in our nature to want things “fixed” quickly.
It’s our nurturing nature.
Especially as Mother’s.
Let’s NOT forget also for someone with an OCD nature it can be even more problematic.
Waiting is a fact of life—nobody gets out of it.
So the question is NOT if we’ll wait but rather HOW we’ll wait.
Two Ways to Wait (Joyce Meyer) says it much better than I EVER could. All of us will wait passively, or we’ll wait expectantly.
A) A passive person hopes something good will happen and is willing to sit around waiting to see if it does. After a short time, he gives up, saying, “That’s it! I’ve waited and waited and nothing’s happened.” The passive person has a lot of wishbones but not much backbone!
B) The expectant person, on the other hand, is hopeful, believing the answer is just around the corner, due to arrive any minute. His belief is not a passive thing. His heart is full of hope, expecting his problem to be solved at any moment. He wakes up every morning expecting to find his answer. He may wait and wait, but suddenly what he’s been waiting for happens.
I would LOVE for my answer to be B…The expectant person.
However, I must be honest.
More often than I care to admit I HATE to say this but I am A…The passive person.
I would love for certain situations in my life to be different than what they are.
I have believed and prayed for a different outcome often with no change.
Satan then sneaks in my mind and weasels his thoughts in.
You know the mind games Satan is so good at playing so I will leave it at that.
It can be tough at times to wait and NOT jump in, to “fix it” or “try to” anyway!
I do NOT claim to be perfect and I know that I’m far from it.
I am human and make poor choices on a daily basis.
But God….full of grace and mercy, forgives me anyway, even though I do NOT deserve it.
We MUST rely on our trust and faith in God, to “fix things!”
He knows what he’s doing.
We may NOT see any changes before our natural eyes however, that doesn’t mean he isn’t working it all out, for His Glory and our good.
NO MATTER WHAT we can trust God in all circumstances!
I do NOT know about you but I MUST stop thinking in the here and now and start thinking with an eternal perspective!
The one thing we can cling to is this…NO MATTER WHAT God will ALWAYS LOVE US!
We can “mess up” over and over again and nothing will change the love he has for YOU and the love he has for ME!
We can try to jump in and “fix things” and end up doing it completely wrong and he will still have his arm wide open for us to run into and say “my child, why didn’t you trust me…I was handling it my way!”
That is a Promise we can hold fast too!