© by Joyce C. Lock
One thing God's sheep are known for is encountering trials. The messes we make, the struggles we face, and the horrors Satan sends our way can sometimes seem endless. Even our service is more work than joy and reaps little result or reward.
All of that would suddenly change if we could just get this one thing. We cannot overcome, succeed, or achieve any kind of greatness by the world's methods. WE HAVE DIFFERENT RULES.
When we remove "I" from any situation (how I feel, what I think, how it will make me look, I can't) we begin saying, "Okay, God. I'll speak when you give me the words and shut my mouth the rest of the time. I'll go where you want me to go and do what you want me to do. I'll wait on you. I'll listen and observe. I want to use your plan instead of mine. I'll do it your way', De. 5:24,27.
Then stand back and watch for the miraculous! God quiets storms, calms seas, puts out fires, meets needs, and makes paths (vs. 30).
God also says if His children would just do this all the time, they wouldn't find themselves in such messes (vs. 29).
We don't have to climb up to His standard, be good enough, or measure up. God meets us where we are and empowers us to do whatever He asks of us. He doesn't need our fancy plans, inventions, or schemes. All He's waiting on is a willing heart.
God has provided His Book of Love, His Holy Word, our personal "How To" Book ... the Master's Tools for every situation. Once we realize God never gave rules to lord over us, but as an inheritance to His children to help us find the path to peace and victory, we become eager to seek Him more.
Believing God is a choice that requires action. In recognizing its' benefits, it becomes our way of life. Satan can't defeat it.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.