No Matter What

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.    James 1:2-3

Every time God is dealing with me about something, it seems like it’s everywhere.  Lately God is dealing with me about dependence on Him.  I’ve read about it, I’ve experienced circumstances that cause me to become more dependent on Him, and I’ve even been compelled to write about it.  It’s like He continues to put it into my life until I get it.

I will tell you, though, I am struggling.  Some days it becomes so hard for me to put all of my trust in Him, which seems crazy.  Here He is, the Creator of the universe, and all I want to do is hold onto all of my problems.  Who do I think I am?  I’m not bigger than God.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

This verse has become my motto.  Every time I become anxious or worried about anything, I begin to quote this verse, and I give it all back to God.  The problem I run into is picking it all back up.  Do you do that?  When everything seems to be going “good” again, do you pick up all of your independence and think you can do it on your own.  I know that I tend to, but that’s when we need to bask in God’s glory.  We aren’t the ones who have taken care of everything.  He is.  Everything is in order because He put it that way.

I am trying to become more dependent on my God no matter my circumstances.  I want to praise Him in the good and the bad.  Job 1:21 says, “And he said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there.  The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.'”

In all things and in all circumstances, I pray that I draw close to my Lord.  I pray that I will trust Him no matter what.  I will praise Him in the good and in the bad.

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