January 17, 2018

Two Places


I asked myself these two questions when I recently examined what guides me as I navigate life: What goes on within me? What goes on around me? I decided to break it down and take a closer look. 

What goes on within me? 
Faith   
God

What goes on around me? 
The world
Circumstances 

I asked myself again, What truly guides me in this world I live in? I decided there are two places I can stand in as I navigate through the world: I can stand by faith in a faithful God or I can stand in the world and be stuck in circumstances and controlled by them. Circumstances can have tremendous sway on us if we aren’t standing firmly with God.

The first place is where my heart lives. Faith resides there—it’s a place where I faithfully trust in God and trust that every single detail will come together as He has planned. Because of who He is and my relationship with Him, I have trusted that He will work it all out for my good and His glory, knowing that I have sought His wisdom and guidance and that my circumstances have been covered with prayer.

The second place is this world we live in, and it’s a world filled with circumstances that constantly swirl around us. There are often pressures and struggles associated with the things of this world; some are normal, everyday events, and others are unexpected challenges. We must navigate our way through it all, even though we are often uncertain about what to do and which choice to make.

It comes down to a choice: Will we stand firmly in the first place or go to the second? When we stand in the place of faith, God works to accomplish His will. He is in control. Prayer is answered. He is far superior to the circumstances of this life in which we are woefully entangled. Sometimes He untangles things, straightens them out, and shows us His power and strength. Other times, He carries us through the tangled web and changes us in the process to be more like Him. Either way, we are immensely blessed and He is glorified.

Seek Him first—this is how we stand firmly in the first place. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Additional verses: Psalm16:11, Psalm 25:4-5, Psalm 37:23, Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5, 1 John 5:4