Friday, January 23, 2009

Do the Next Thing

Stop trying to control everything and figure out the future. Just rest in God.

I don't know about you, but the subject of resting in God has been quit the struggle for me. The thought that I don't need to know what lies up ahead for me has been a struggle. It’s in my nature to plan, so just going with the flow has never been my strong suit. Is anybody with me here?

I don't believe that I am alone on this one. Otherwise there wouldn't be a million ways to plan everything.

We want so badly to know what the future holds. Some of us will try everything to figure out what is going to happen before it happens. Take prophecy, scholars have been predicting the end of time for centuries. Searching and searching for the answers..... We know from bible prophecy what the end looks like but WHEN..... And HOW..... When will it all take place? How exactly will it all play out? We hypothesize, but we really don't know for sure. Only God knows.

So we plan what we believe we have control over. We plan everything out just so, and then we have nothing to worry about. Right?

I am not saying don't ever plan anything. We are supposed to use our resources wisely and be good stewards of what we are given. What I'm talking about is trying to control everything so nothing bad happens. Because the truth is, as hard as we plan, life happens. Nothing except the reality of Gods control is a sure thing. So what to do?

We rest in God's control. We do the next thing. We put ALL things in His hands and go along for the ride. We do the next thing He gives us to do when He tells us to do it. Isn't that what a servant does?

Our life is no longer our own and although we are at times given the privilege of seeing the outcome of Gods work, it is not a given that we will. Sometimes we just do the work and move on without knowing the reason why or seeing the outcome. It is after all His work not ours and we are only His tools.

If we set our minds on eternity, fix our gaze straight up instead of around us we will see that what is all around us is but a breath in time. We have no real power over the things that happen around us, but we know the one who does. So we rest in His power, trusting in His goodness. Knowing that He has our best interest at heart.

You see, He is not afraid of us going through a little trouble or pain. He knows He can handle it and if we are relying on Him we will be OK.

How do we stop relying on ourselves and trying to control the outcome of the future?

We break the pride that’s inside of us that gives us the belief that we can control things. We trust that the one who created us really does love us and wants the best for us. We put ALL of our life in the palm of His hands and take the attitude of a servant. Then we do the next thing we are told to do.

Hebrews 4:9-10 - There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.


Anonymous said...

Amen. We have to let go of the "I" mentality. We have to let go of "self". We think we can solve everything. We think we can do everything by ourselves. God allows us to think we can do things by ourselves until we hit that proverbial "brick wall". Then that is when we are at our wits end and cry to Him for help. But, when we surrender it over to Him and let it go, we often times "pick it up and take it back." This does absolutely no good. Once we surrender all to God that is where it must stay. Then and only then will He start working things out for you in your life.
Great writing Sherri. I love reading your blog girl!

You may not know this but your writing teach and speak to me at just the times when I need to hear a word from God. Thank you Lord for Sherri!!
Love you!

richies said...

He has promised us peace that passes understanding. I fret about the future myself, but i know that God can't give me peace until I let go.

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Peter P said...

Great post Sherri.

That whole 'let go and let God' thing is a big struggle for me.

Thanks for the encouragment to trust Him.

Sherri Watt said...

Thanks everyone for the comments!