Tracie Miles at traciemiles.com is doing a study on Stressed-Less Living She has a program for other people to blog about the topics on Friday and link to her.
The subjects for this week are;
- God wants to be our first responder, not our last resort.
- “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
- “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We should just talk about one, but all 3 are so linked it’s hard to handle then separately. First, I get the weary verse. There are times when I can’t keep my eyes open. And I just have to lie down and rest. But I also take it to Jesus. I pray before I fall asleep, letting him know how tired I am. Now, he already knows, but this is like talking with your husband or best friend. He likes to hear from me and I like to talk with Him. And when I’m overwhelmed at the thought of things that I have to do, or that will be left undone when I’m gone, I turn to Him and drop them at His feet. I don’t have the energy to carry them any more, so dropping things at His feet is becoming easier.
The point that God’s plans are good for us is critical. I was just reading a blog post pointing out that sometimes knowing God is sovereign is not enough. We have to trust that He is good,, even if the worst happens. He knows something we don’t and somehow that is for our good or the good of someone else. God is good in his essence, He cannot not be good. We have to trust that even when things look very bleak.
I don’t like to “play the cancer card” but I do have terminal cancer and it is a part of my life now. I have maybe 4 or 8 years, but probably not longer than that. I have to trust that God is good. I pray that he’ll take care of my husband when I’m gone. I like being his helpmeet and I don’t want to leave him. But God seems to think my job helping my husband doesn’t need to last 50 years. 26 or 30 are enough apparently. So I lift my husband up to God and trust He has his good in mind as well as mine. I get to go home early, without the troubles of aging. But my husband has to go on without me. At least that’s how it looks like it will work out right now.
So that takes us to the first point. He should be our first responder. But we often don’t trust Him. We don’t trust he can handle it (His sovereignty) or we don’t trust that He is really good and that this will work out right if we trust Him. We have to trust Him before we’ll get in the habit of turning to Him for everything.
He is trustworthy and faithful. He will do the right thing at the right time because He is perfect. He isn’t like us, having bad days or missing cues or screwing things up. He knows exactly what His plans are for us and they will occur just that way. I can relax because it isn’t all in my hands. It’s all in His hands.