September 15, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Trusting God, part 1

Throwback Thursday is a series of posts, wherein I will on (some) Thursdays post a piece of writing from back in the day. Generally not from this blog. I will edit lightly for readability, but my intention is to allow each piece to stand basically as written. Over the years my mind has shifted on many things, as my knowledge of life, the Scriptures, and myself has grown. I'm not in the business of hiding this fact, so these will probably (at least on occasion) contain some things which even I think are crazy.

Originally posted on Facebook as "Kinda follow up on Saturday night...Part 1"
April 7, 2008 at 2:10am
Well, when I gave the messege on Saturday night, my notes kinda went out the window. God led me in a different direction than I thought I was gonna go. But I still have these notes...well, it's mostly just scripture references...but anyway, it's still stuff that God has used to teach me of late, so I figured I may as well share it. I did use some of it Saturday, but most of it I didn't get to. I guess my main point is the same, though.

1) Proverbs 3:5,6- I won't bother writing it out, cause you ought to know it already. It's used a lot and often used as a cliché, but it still is just as true. If we rely on ourselves, things are gonna suck. If we follow God, the road may be rocky, but we can rest assured in the fact that he is in control.

2) Job 2:10b- "Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?"

Ecclesiastes 7:14- "In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: Surley God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find out that nothing will come after him."

I've struggled my enitre life, but especially recently, with the fact that God appoints struggles. It's not my place to question God...all I can do is accept His will and follow Him.

3) Matthew 6:33,34- "But see first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Suffiecent for the day is its own trouble."

Psalm 37:5,7a,8b- "Commit you way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass...Rest in the LORD, and wait paitently for Him...Do not fret-it only causes harm."

I've been trying to "follow God". But I keep running into one major issue...I can't. I, as a fallen human, do not have the capacity to trust God. I have run into major frustrations in my life trying to "have faith". When what I should have done all along is just dropped it all and told God to take over. I really liked the analogy Wayne used of us being in a car. I kept trying to get God to tell me where to go when I should have just got out and let Him drive. I'm still struggling with that. I have definitely experienced what the Psalmist was talking about when he said fretting causes harm....it's wreaked havoc on my life.
Note: This is the perfect spot to interject my Rian Miller quote..."I wish God used Sharpies and post-it's to tell us what He wants from us." I thought that was awesome, because it says in one sentance what's taking me...well, much more than a sentence.

4) Proverbs 22:17-19a- "Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to knowledge; For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them with you; Let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in the LORD."

I guess what I pull from this is we need to let others in on our troubles. And not just anybody. Someone who's actually gonna have some wise counsel. I really, really struggle there. I don't like admitting when I have a problem, especially not to people who are gonna have input on the situation. I'm really arrogant and self-reliant. That has got in the way of my relationships with people, as well as my relationship with God.


Well...there is more...but I think I'll put them up later...maybe tomorrow.

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