Giving It To God

I was reading a devotion tonight that reminded me to give my situations to God.

I need to trust Him. He has my best interest at heart.

I may want something to be a certain way or to happen, but God’s timing is perfect. He knows what He is doing.

There are several things in my life that I want to be different, but I can’t make them different by forcing it. I need to leave it in God’s hands.

Holding onto it only makes me anxious. I constantly plan how it might happen. If I leave it with God, then I don’t have to worry & plan. I just know it will happen when it is supposed to. It’s less on my plate.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:33‭-‬34 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.6.33-34.NIV

One step at a time

God showed me something else while unpacking the other day and I wanted to share.

I was working on the one box at a time strategy & he showed me how important it is to take one step at a time. He told me that even if the step seems small or trivial, it is still important to do so.

For example, this week, while unpacking, God was getting me to go slow and not to do too much at one time. I wanted to get major stuff done this week.

But He showed me how rest after a certain period of time is also a step. Trying to do too much at one time could hurt me.

Yesterday is a good example. I did several more boxes than I probably should have trying to get things done. I was exhausted and my back was killing me.

Rest is an important step. Not only does it give physical & mental rest, but it allows God to work during those times.

I have seen God work for me in times when I wanted to go make things happen. But I listened to God and rested. At the end of the rest period, I realized He had been working on my behalf. He was opening doors and performing miracles. That has happened on so many occasions.

With the unpacking, we have come a long way. We still have a bit to go, but most of it is done. He showed me that even with the rest periods, it could still get done & that it doesn’t have to happen all at once. I also needed help with some things, so waiting for my husband to be available to help was part of it. I can’t do everything all by myself, which is a whole other topic in itself.

Progress

I was sitting here thinking of the mountain of boxes that I have to unpack, now that we have moved into our new apartment.

Then I noticed the pile of empty boxes by the door. I have a lot left to unpack, but I have already made progress. When I start feeling overwhelmed I can look at the stack of boxes by the door & see how far I have come.

One box at a time is how it will get done.

The same is true for other areas of life.

When we are discouraged about how far we have to go in life or overwhelmed by what has to be done. Look at how far you’ve come & take it one step at a time.

Nothing Separates

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38‭-‬39 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/rom.8.38-39.NIV

There is nothing you could do to make God love you less or turn His back on you. You are not too far gone. There is nothing He won’t forgive. Me and you are the reason He came and died and then rose again. So that we could be reconciled to Him and be part of His family. He loves you unconditionally! There is nothing that could make Him love you less than He already does.

God’s Will

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Matthew 26:39 NIV

https://bible.com/bible/111/mat.26.39.NIV

There are 2 things that struck me about this verse.

The first thing is that Jesus was willing to do whatever God’s will was no matter what. . If you read the whole story, you’ll notice He prayed this prayer 3 times.

Then I asked myself if I was willing to do that. Am I willing to do what God wants me to do no matter what? I would hope that the answer is yes. If I’m being honest though, there are times when I’ve been so scared to do what He is asking of me & I didn’t rely on Him, so I gave up & didn’t do it.

Much like Peter denying Jesus 3 times (Matthew 26:69-75).

Peter was forgiven and so was I. But I still think things like, do I have what it takes or will that happen again.

Well, considering that I still make mistakes, I’m sure there will be a time when I make another mistake. Mistakes happen more often than I’d like to admit.

The second thing I noticed is that He still asked God to take away the situation.

It’s okay to ask God to take away the situation. His answer may be no, but we can still ask.

We may need to go through the situation for some reason.

Jesus had to go through the situation in order to save the world & He did it because He loves us.

For us it may be a lesson to help us grow or it may help someone else in some way.

But we can still ask God.