Thursday, January 24, 2013

Plan 'B'

Psalm 5:11 "But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You, 
Let them ever shout for joy, 
because You defend them; 
Let those also who love Your name 
Be Joyful in You. 
For you, O LORD, will bless the righteous; 
With favor You will surround him as with a shield." 
What are you doing today that requires FAITH? 
Is there something gnawing at your soul. Are you at a point where you feel hopeless about a certain situation. Are you ready to give up on God's plan and opt for Plan 'B'? 
Why is it we feel like we need a back-up plan when it comes to reliance on God? 
In times of stress it may seem that to sit back and do nothing is just that... do nothing--
But nothing could be further from the truth when it come to God. 
When it comes to reliance on God 'nothing' can mean endurance (James 5:11), 
patience (Psalm 37:7), 
rest(Psalm 127:2), 
or reliance (John 14:1).

This is a time when you need to dig deep, to push away the stored-up layers of self-reliance, impatience, and fear. Dig until you find the you only God knows. Find that you and sit there a minute. It may feel uncomfortable at first-- it's different, it's raw, but it's clean. 
This is the you that Christ died for. This is the you that God proclaimed - This one is my Chosen, I can do great things with him. 
Are you more comfortable yet?? 
It takes some getting used to. It's not a side you are ready to share-- it's too bare, it's too-- vulnerable
But it's the you that He can make the most of. It's the one that says,  
"O Lord my God, in You I put my trust" (Psalm 7:1).  
It takes fear and turns it to falsehood. It takes restlessness and turns it to peaceful slumber. It takes a dirty wretch and makes him righteous before Him.

Relying on your own understanding will weigh you down. Trust in ME absolutely, and I will make your path straight. Isn't that what we're all longing for in our confused, human state? A Straight path.

Lead me, O LORD, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; 
Make Your way straight before my face. Psalm 5:8
Don't give up. He will lead you. Hold on. Find the you only He can see and hold on to that trust in Him. He will never leave you. He's just waiting for you to draw near to Him. Be faithful and He will do wonderful things with you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

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