It Isn’t About Us

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths (Prov. 3:5-6).

If I had to depend on my own understanding right now, I’d be depressed. The news is definitely not good, is it? Economically, we’re in the toilet; Saturday Night Live is defining the elections; jobless rates continue to rise; crime is rampant—and the pundits predict that it will only get worse.

YIKES! If I hadn’t already read the end of the Book and know who wins, I might be tempted to throw myself out the window. (Of course, since I live in a one-story house, I’d undoubtedly just break several bones and then have to continue on in the same sorry state as before except that I would now be doing it all in a body cast!)

Seriously, folks, though I have been a member of the Presidential Prayer Team since its inception and am now actively involved in “praying the vote” and seeking God for clear direction every step of the way, I must admit that it is a daily—even moment-by-moment—struggle to stay focused on the One who has promised to keep us in perfect peace so long as we remember who’s in charge and whom it is we are called to serve. But if we will discipline ourselves to do that, then we can look at the dark circumstances around us and see them as golden opportunities to shine for Jesus. And if the world ever needed to see a light shining in the darkness, it’s now, amen?

I can’t tell you that by staying focused on God and trusting Him to lead and guide us through these troubled times that we won’t experience those troubles or that He will somehow insulate us from all problems. (He could, of course, but He doesn’t. Why? Because He loves us enough to allow us to grow strong in tribulation to the extent that we trust Him in the midst of it!)

And that’s the secret. It really isn’t about us—our needs, our wants, our problems, our woes, our difficulties…or our abilities to overcome those things. It’s about Him—His provision, His protection, His faithfulness, His plans, His purpose…and His glory. If we will commit ourselves to walk with Him (and gladly allow Him to carry us when our strength is spent!), He will bring us safely home, regardless of what we may endure on the journey. To know that eternity is assured in His presence makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it?

So regardless of how busy you get or how bleak the circumstances, stay close to Him, listen for His whisper and His heartbeat, and trust Him to enable you to remain faithful today….

Macias
Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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