ESCAPING THE MESS

By March 6, 2015 Devotional No Comments

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You know what? Sometimes life is just plain hard. It happens in it’s own way, fashion and time. Sure, we can make plans, but just as soon as we do, things like sickness, break-ups, friendship troubles, family issues, and heck, even unexpected bad weather get in the way. They slow us down. They remind us we’re not in control of what happens next.

Isn’t that interesting? At any given point in time, neither you or I can control the way things will play out. If we want any hope at all of escaping the mess we find ourselves in, we really only have one option – to stop trying so hard and start relying on the Lord to take control.

That’s where I get fussy. I mean it sounds easy enough to sit back and trust God – you know, to just “have faith” and know that He holds it all together. I know He does. He’s proven that to me time and time again, but somehow circumstances have a way of wiping that truth from my memory. I try to do things on my own. Sometimes my attempts fail, sometimes they succeed, but you know what’s crazy about that? Even when I do make stuff happen on my own, it doesn’t fulfill me. I’m left exhausted and wanting more. I end up back where I originally began – looking up, searching for some kind of guidance on what to do next.

Who else has been on this ferris wheel towards success? You know, where you keep going, going, going, but never really end up anywhere? If you, like me, have found yourself there, let me encourage you that you’re NOT at the main attraction. God never intended for us to aimlessly live our lives running in circles. He has more for us than that, and I believe He’s waiting for us to jump out of our routines and allow Him to take over our schedules a bit.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” —Jeremiah 29:11

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” —Hebrews 11:1

I don’t know all that God has in store for my life (or yours) but I do know this much for sure – they include good, not evil. They give you a future and a hope. Have confidence in what you can’t see, knowing that your faith is in the One who sees it all. He is our assurance. He will never fail.

 

 

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