Have you exhausted all of your resources yet? Are you tired of the constant upheaval? Does this sound familiar? When all else fails seek God. When things start to get better go back to what you’ve always done. When things start to get out of control again try and sort it out. When you can’t seem to understand why, seek God. When everything starts to clear up you take over the captain’s chair again. Do you see a pattern here? Why do we do it this way? Why do we seem to have such a difficult time trusting God and letting him be the Lord?
Throughout the Old Covenant Israel seemed to live in this same cycle. They would live in peace, start to dabble in idol worship, find themselves caught in bondage, cry out for a deliverer and God would send someone to lead them out into freedom. They would be okay for a little while, allow idols in again, get caught up in bondage, cry out to God and God would send them a deliverer again. This seems to be the way we humans live as individuals also. When things are going well we get lulled off to sleep. We neglect doing things God’s way and end up in bondage. We decide, “I’m going to go to church, maybe God will deliver me.” We go to church, cry our eyes out at an altar and get up feeling better. We may even get baptized and join the church. For a while things seem better, but it isn’t very long before we start trying to run things again and the cycle starts over.
In the book of James he tells us “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” Consider it all joy? Are you kidding me? My life is a mess. My family is at odds with each other, my boss is a jerk, and I can’t figure out how to fix it. I need answers. James goes on to tell us, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” You see we only have to ask God for wisdom and he promises to give it to us. Some of us have even done this very thing. We have sought God’s wisdom only to discard it a day or two later, because it got us out of a jam, but now we want to run things again. Or maybe it’s just not going the way I envisioned it to go.
Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians, “We have the mind of Christ.” If we are a child of God we have the mind of Christ. The problem occurs when we continue to reason and rationalize through our own logically driven mind. If we continue to do that then God says, “That man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
God’s ways are not like our ways. He sees and understands things on a completely different level. For instance he tells us, “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” How irrational does it seem to have a plan to save us by way of dying on a cross? To the natural mind it is indeed foolish, but to the mind of God it is the ultimate plan of rescue. No human being would have come up with this plan. It is only through the death of the self-for-self mindset that we can hope to gain the only true life there is. God’s attitude is wholly other than ours. He says I will do whatever it takes to rescue you. If you want to sacrifice me then sacrifice me. I will be the sacrificial lamb on your behalf. While the world says I can do it, I can figure it out, I will overcome. God says you need to step out of your mind and into mine. Stop trying to figure out what I am doing and simply trust me. If and when I want you to know how or why I will tell you, but for now you just trust me.
In the beginning our forefathers Adam and Eve bit into the lie of independence. They believed they were to be the ones to decide what was good and evil. Ever since then mankind has been trapped in the cycle described above. We find ourselves in a roundabout of figuring things out until we come to a complete breakdown and seek help from the only source that can truly help…God. He has no qualms about coming to our rescue; I mean he sent his only begotten Son to die our death so we might live. The only thing he asks of us is we let him be Lord in our life. It isn’t like we have a better option. Sometimes Gods way isn’t pleasant or maybe it doesn’t even seem rational. Jesus sometimes had a way of offending people, even to the point that many walked away. Jesus once turned to his disciples and said, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.” We may not always see or understand why, but Jesus still has the words of eternal life.
Written by Louie