June 1, 2016

First, Not Finally

Far too often I hear this statement, “Now that I know I can’t do this on my own after I have tried everything and nothing is working, now I’ll give it to God.”

When bad news comes we are presented with a choice to first give it to God with a heart full of trust, or, first give it everything we have in our own strength and eventually after multiple failed efforts… then finally giving it to God.

This choice to trust doesn’t mean everything
suddenly turns to sunshine and roses.

Circumstances do not instantly resolve themselves and everything fall perfectly into place. That is not how it works. Instead, we will experience that our choice to trust God will bring a presence of peace we didn’t have before. This is the kind of peace we read about in Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

When I follow the pattern of first instead of finally, I am comforted knowing God is in control and trusting Him allows me to approach every difficulty or stress with a much calmer state of mind. When I fall into the pattern of finally instead of first, I will ultimately regret that I didn’t give it to God in the first place.

How many times do we take things into our own hands instead of taking them to God, which is what we need to do first instead of finally.

Let us take it to Him in prayer…

Dear Heavenly Father,
I give this to You, it is in Your hands, You have the answers. I know You are with me and I trust You with this as You lead and guide and grant me wisdom, I know this is not mine to handle alone. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.