Where is God leading you? What revelations is He showing you? Your future is too important to leave to chance. As God had the prophet do, you write that vision down to help you remember it and to work it and to build upon it. Boldly make it your personal mission statement, pray over it, and continue to seek God’s leading for it.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6, NKJV
Oh, for just one day without worrying. Just one day without the embossment of what we have to deal with on a daily basis, in the mind. The frustrations, headaches and disappointments over decisions we have to make today. Or, the reality of decisions made in the past mixed in with the future prevailing over us. Oh! Sometimes we wake up in the morning feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders. We feel surrounded by all the what-was-done, and all the what-has-to-be-done, and all the what-will-be-done.
Chaos! Will this be done right? Will that one make the right choice? How far will this go before it rights itself? Questions running rampant causing the mind to be worked up into such frenzy that we can’t help but do anything but worry. All those who’s, what’s, where’s, how’s and why’s of the day waiting for our minds to process and find a solution for. No wonder so many people are so stressed out. Why even those who profess Christ feel like all this worrying has caused them to reach their limits. “I’m done. I can’t take this anymore!” becomes the cry of the battle.
That’s far from the victorious battle cry that God wants to hear from His people. No wonder stress, worrying, fear and such are spoken of so often in the Bible. These things are opposed to you getting where God wants you. It repels you away from drawing nearer to Him and His goal for your life. Proverbs 12:25 declares, “Heaviness in the heart man maketh it stoop.” It’s feeling so low almost every day because the load is just too much to bear. The weight of it all makes one feel that they are trudging up a muddy hill while pulling a cart behind you. It’s too much!
Keeping in mind the many adverse things one can face in a single day, Paul taught the Philippians, “Be anxious for nothing.” On a daily basis, issues seem to flow from every area of life, yet Paul says, “Forget about it.” How can this be? It goes against human reasoning not to get worked up about all this stuff I have to deal with. But, Paul says, “Chill. You are carrying unnecessary trouble because you want to; because you refuse to let go, and let God.”
“But in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” “In everything!” There is absolutely no area in your life that God doesn’t want you to trust Him for. He is concerned about all of it. If it bothers you, it bothers Him. If the waves are churning in your life, He says to give it to Me, I’ll make them behave. I, for one, am so grateful that He is not a far-off God. He’s up close and personal, and He cares. So, how do you handle this? Take it to the Lord in prayer. Many don’t heed this very simple advice. We have heard it so much yet have never made it applicable to our lives. But, this is the sure-fire method you need – pray!
“Let your requests be made known unto God.” Here is something I have never noticed before until now. The word “requests” has an “s” on the end making it plural. Now, I don’t know about you but I have plural problems to deal with every day. So, when you tell me to make my “requests known” I have a laundry list of stuff that tries to overrun me. The “s” on the end means that God can handle it all and he wants you to give Him it all! He cannot be overwhelmed with what you are going through so why not let Him have it.
There’s an “s” on the end! Rejoice, because you don’t have to carry it all alone. Every trial and heartache, all the way down to every disappointment and decision, we can take it all to Him today and put worry in its place so that we can be free.
Father God, may we follow the things You call good in our lives today. We can get so caught up in the things around us and the ways of this world that we forget Your ways for us. “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8
GOD’S GOT YOU COVERED! “He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” Psalms 91:4, ESV
Over and over again, God’s Word assures us that He is there for us. He is fighting for us. And, He is watching over us and protecting us. In times of uncertainty remember God’s faithfulness to shield you through it all.
I am more in love with Jesus today, and each day that follows, then when I first started out. Though experiences and growth in this spiritual journey, I have come to recognize the sweetness I have found in my Savior. The more I have gone through, and the more He has brought me through, the more I appreciate Him for holding my hand every step of the way.
In human relationships, there seems to be more excitement in the beginning of this adventure called love. We can’t wait to see what happens next or can’t wait for the next visit or phone call. But, as I have come to know my Savior over these years, my excitement in Him builds more and more. Every day brings new revelations of how awesome His love is for me – and as one who sits back in the sun just to hear the birds sings – I sit in the splendor of His radiant presence and enjoy His love that sings over me.
His awesome love story with us is not like another. It is complete yet renewing every day. As a fountain that never runs dry, it is full, yet it is constantly “pouring” into our lives (Romans 5:5, NKJV), uncontainable and overflowing, giving us more and more of Him each day. His love is not a one-shot deal. But, it’s our covering, our reliance, our safety blanket, the cradle in which we rest in the comfort and care of the one who loves us best.
The awesomeness of His love story toward us was solidified when He was nailed to the cross. But, can I tell you, it’s so much more than that. He didn’t stop there, but rather chose every day of our lives to be there for us wherever we go – fully caring, fully involved, and fully in love with each one of us.
Because He has a “steadfast love” for us (Psalm 86:15, ESV). His love is faithful, present, and enduring. It is not easily swayed or moved from where we are, no matter how ugly it may appear at times.
When people would have given up on us in those ugly moments, He still moves toward us.
Why does He do that? Because He chooses to.
In most relationships, people come to a mutual understanding of love before they move forward. Jesus is different. His love for us was never dependent on what we did or didn’t do (remember those He prayed for while suffering on the cross). He never waited for us to make the first move or come to some mutual understanding of what this love would be all about. But, in the awesomeness of His love, Jesus moved forward in loving us while we were still “sinners” (Romans 5:8).
He has never waited for us to get it right or come out of those ugly shadows before we were counted worthy of His love. As a matter of fact, He showed us, love, before we showed signs of loving Him back. In His passion for us, He always made the first move. The Bible tells us, “We love him, because he first loved us,” (1 John 4:19).
So, if you are in doubt today about the awesomeness of His love story over you, no matter what voices are telling you, I am here to tell you differently. You and me, we are all unequivocally loved by Jesus and there’s nothing we can do about it because He already did it all. His love is constantly pouring into us, never giving up on us, and has already made the first move toward us. All we can do is accept His love and sit back and bask in the awesomeness of it. Now, that’s something to get excited about!
If you haven’t already, give Jesus your heart today and accept what He is already willing to give you. Find a good Bible-based church and experience His awesome love story up close and personal. He’s waiting for you.