January 27, 2009

Do not worry about your life...

One of my favorite devotionals for many years has been "My Utmost for His Highest". I have read and re-read this devotional many times and God has used it to meet me where I'm at time and time again.

Just yesterday I was talking with Jordan about my worries about the future... I have NO idea what it holds... what it will look like concerning kids, my work, my education, etc. I have always worried about things like this and I try to control more than I am able. Jordan continues to remind me that it is out of my hands and that I need to trust God to work out the details. But UTMOST today said it in terms that hit home for me.

Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things to the point where they become the primary concern of our life. Whenever there are competing concerns in your life, be sure you always put your relationship to God first.

This is one of those things that seems so simple and easy to understand, yet is one of my struggles. I worry and try to work things out on my own, but that is no good. And these worries can easily consume my thoughts more than anything else. I need to surrender my life, take one step at a time and then trust God with the rest.

I know that there are a lot of people out there right now who have concerns about the future. Especially in this economic situation, there are people without jobs, or at least without job security and questions about what that means for their lives. As I have seem God work in my life before, I am confident that he does provide and that trusting in him is the best thing I can do. Just some words of encouragement... for myself, and anyone else who has concerns or worry about the future. It is better to continue to surrender each day to the one who made us in the first place. :)

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