Not Yet Back To Normal

Just when I think things are returning to normal, I find that I am sadly mistaken.  You’d think I would learn.  I don’t.  But I also don’t lose faith in the One who controls all things.

Romans 8:28 is a verse I live by in these less than desirable times.  “And we know that In all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

This is not merely some stale platitude; it is God’s word and God does not lie.  He also does not change.  If He said it back then, it was true then.  And it is still true today!

This promise that is recorded in the book of Romans is a comfort to us in our circumstances.

When we find ourselves feeling hopeless and depressed by things beyond our control, we know that God has not left us, but we have stepped away from Him.

This is the time to fall on our knees and confess our weakness, our foolish need for independence,  In Proverbs 3:5, King Solomon shares God’s wisdom with us:  “Trust in the LORD with all your heart,” he says, “and lean not on your own understanding.”

Trust and Submission

Trust and submission—the two go hand in hand.  It does not come naturally; we were raised to be independent and self-supporting.  But God has a better plan for His children.  He commands us to lean on Him.  What a blessing!  We are not intended to provide our own solutions, He wants to provide them for us.

Trust is not something that is given; it is earned by the one to whom it is endowed.  If I were a lawyer, I would lay out an iron-clad case before you.  But God has done just that in the Bible.  He has given us proof after proof that He is our Provider.  He makes it clear that we shouldn’t forge ahead on our own power but pray for His wisdom and put our trust in His way, rather than our own,

This is also called “submission”—not acting in our own will, but in His.  It doesn’t feel natural, because it isn’t.  Rather, it is something we have to learn and we learn through repeated practice.  We learn through prayer and diligent study of His Word.  We learn by a deliberate act of choice—to make Him and the study of His Bible a priority in our lives.

 

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