Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Trial of No Trials

When there are no trials it is easy to forget God in the daily routines. Our flesh says, "I can handle it," and indeed we don't acutely feel the need to entrust all to the Lord. Things are "under control."

But we think they are under our control. Oh how deceitful the flesh!

When things are good, they are not good on my account, not by my cleverness. Good times may be "leftovers" of God's most recent blessing that I actually acknowledged as from Him.

When things are bad, and we see easily they are out of our control, we turn to God for help—as if He is only there to help us when we can't help ourselves. The facts are, however, He is always there for us, and all things are out of our control.

"You do not know what a day may bring forth" (Prov. 27:1); commit it to the Sovereign Lord as early as possible. Release it from your grip and give it wholly to Him. Thank Him for the good times and prosperity, lest you take past days back from His Lordship and increase your own lordship in your mind. Let every day be lived like the one of great trials—entrusting all to God's wisdom and providence—and He shall increase and you shall decrease.

"For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen."

1 comment:

Andrea said...

That is so true. I've been thinking along the same lines a lot lately, and it was neat to see these same thoughts reiterated. Hard times turn us to God in desperation, and ultimately draw us closer to Him. I truly believe the key to victorious Christian living all the time is continually living in that same frame of mind.

Thanks for the thoughts!