Sometimes the Lord just asks us to trust Him.
Proverbs 3:5,6, says:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and
He will make your paths straight.”
We tend to depend on ourselves a lot of the time; it is so easy to think we have everything under control, that we have it all figured out. But oftentimes, it is when the path seems smooth that we are treading on dangerous ground; we are not seeking his face or asking for his will to be done.
Ever since arriving in Ecuador, I feel as if I know nothing; this scares me! All that I have to learn and accomplish seems unattainable, overwhelming, impossible. Yet, as He always does, God let me know a very important truth this morning. “Grow strong in your weakness.” My lack and my inability to do things on my own pushes me to live by faith (not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:7); to depend on Him; to seek his face (Psalm 27:8); to allow Him to be my guide (Psalm 25:4,5). It is when we spend time with Him that our empty, fragile selves are filled. In Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord tells us,
“Call to me and I will answer you
and tell you great and unsearchable
things you do not know.”
I don’t know about you, but I know that there is a lot that I do not know. God called me to Ecuador to share the Gospel with those in need, but we cannot forget that his will (ultimately) is that each of us, his children, would commune with Him daily, know Him intimately. It begins with me, with you. Once we confess our sins, believe in Him, that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, died so that we might have eternal life (John 3:16), we are filled with his Spirit and presence. John 3:30 says,
“He must become greater; I must become less.”
Life is a journey; no one is guaranteed tomorrow. We must do today what God compels us to do.
One of my favorite passages (although I really have too many to be able to say ANY are my favorite! ha!) is in 1 Thessalonians 4, in which Paul is instructing us how to live a life pleasing to God, how to do his will. It speaks of how “it is God’s will that you should be sanctified, that you should avoid sexual immorality…For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life…to love each other” (vs. 3, 7, 9). How are we to be sanctified and love each other if we are not connecting ourselves to the one who has the power and resources to do so, to help us?
If I already knew it all, and was strong/good enough to do it all on my own, God wouldn’t be acknowledged. This isn’t the life He calls us to as Christians.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my
power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore,
I will boast all the more gladly about my
weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest
on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I
delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships,
in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am
weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“Not that we are competent in ourselves
to claim anything for ourselves, but our
competence comes from God. He has
made us competent as ministers of a new
covenant- not of the letter but of the
Spirit; for the letter kills, but the
Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 4:5-6).
Everything we need, everything that is good and perfect, comes from God above (James 1:17). I have to keep reminding myself of this. As I am preparing for the missions school to commence in January; as I am serving in the kitchen or on the property; as I am learning a new way of life; as I am going out to visit and encourage different communities; as I am sharing the Gospel; as I am becoming very aware of the immense spiritual and physical needs, I have to remember that I truly am nothing without Him. Please pray with me that He would move and do his work here in this place. Pray for hearts to be opened, changed, and filled with the hope that a life with Him brings. Pray for his provision. And be encouraged, that He isn’t finished with us yet!
“Be confident of this, that he who began
a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus”