Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Breaking Through the Haze of This Life...

Psalm 16:7-8 ~ I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Sometimes we're just unsure. This life here on the trodden soil of Earth is often overflowing with uncertainties and questions. Doubts often assail us. The earth we traverse often feels slippery; we may fear that it will give way, that we will begin to sink into its depths.

Being tormented by doubts is nothing new. It's not something unique to your individual person. Many before you, and many at this moment, struggle with doubts and questions. We are in this together. You are not alone.

But God never leaves us to face these doubts alone. He doesn't send us out into this stormy thing called life and then turn His back on us. This psalm tells us that He even instructs us at night when we sleep. Think on that for a moment.

This is miraculous! Even as our weary heads are pressed to the linen, our Father speaks to our hearts, to our souls. This seems unfathomable to us, we who are constantly striving, constantly seeking to find the answers in life, that we can obtain answers while we rest. But if this verse is true (which all of God's Word is Truth) then we can stop our striving. Let me say that again: We do not need to strive to find the answers.

So what is our responsibility? Simply to set God before us. What does that mean exactly? Well, I believe it means that we are to put God at the forefront of our minds at all times. We are to surrender ourselves to Him (however many times a day that it is required, as the stubborn human soul cannot often surrender just once and remain that way), we are to look to Him as the Answer to all of our questions, and we are to wait for Him to instruct us. We are to ask Him to guide us, to make the way known, and then we are to trust Him to do it.

And when God is before us and beside us, we do not need to fear. Striving can cease. We who are so used to striving can rest in the knowledge that He promises to direct our ways. He does not want us to strive; striving stirs up too much independence from God and dependence on ourselves to find the answers. And a life as a Christ-follower is to be fully dependent on the Father and the Son. How can we be fully dependent on the Father, when we rely so much on ourselves?

Let the mind rest today. And tomorrow. And the day after. Set your hearts and minds upon the Father of this world, upon the Creator of the universe. He knows all the answers. And He's faithful to make those answers known to you as you need to know them.

Contrary to what this world says to us, we do not need to figure it all out. If we are a servant of God the Most High and we have committed our lives to Him, He already has it "figured out" and will guide us into the answer. We don't have to find the answer! It's already found and He'll make it known in His perfect time.

And we can even sleep in peace, knowing that our loving Heavenly Father will instruct our hearts and minds and souls in His way and into His Will. Praise the Lord!


Wendi said...

Great reminder... trying to figure it all out is what usually gets me in trouble!

Aunt Teresa said...

You can't imagine how much I needed to be reminded of this. My marriage is hanging by a thread, my husband has moved away from the Lord and he's enabling his sons who are unsaved. I cannot fix any of this but He can and will I believe! Thank you.