As I worked on my computer this morning and hit a glitch, immediately the question comes to thought “Am I smart enough to figure this out?” I seem to be limited in the technology department and frustration follows and then, overwhelm! Most of the time, I just want to give up.
1 Corinthians 1:30, 31 states ” But of Him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” Wisdom does not come from earning and deserving, but believing and receiving. Today, I will practice listening more.
Whenever “I can’t figure it out…..”, I am led to Proverbs 3:5-6 which reads “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your way, acknowledge Him , and He will make your pathways straight.” To me, that is a promise and I need only to release my anxiety and worry to Him. Trusting God to be God is all that I need to do. Truth is revealed to me as I begin to become more relaxed and receptive. The struggle comes when I am trying to humanly outline and understand! As I become harmonious I can hear much better. God continues to speak to us and we are never separated from Him.
This morning I had a tooth extracted. This may not seem important to some but to me it was almost miraculous. In the past, there has been such horror with a dentist that I called a friend two weeks ago to pray with me about this morning. We worked to know that Love was in that office with each and everyone. We worked with “Perfect Love casteth out fear.” This was going to be a new dentist as well. There has never been a time when I was treated with such kindness and compassion! I felt nothing! She told me she had loved her childhood dentist and no one else seemed to like theirs, so she wanted to become one like hers had been so more people would have that experience.
Needless to say, it was Love expressed again to meet the challenge. Psalm 23:1-3 states “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
A few days ago as I was sitting at my desk, a memory from over forty years ago which I have not thought of in that many years came up for me. My sons were very small and we were going on vacation to Washington, D. C. We didn’t use credit cards at the time and it looked like there was limited funds. The thing I remember most was my lack of concern and knew we would be provided for. The day before we left, we received a check in the mail for $300 from an insurance company that was an adjustment. In the early ’70’s $300 was a nice amount. Since then, I can see where my every human need has been met by Divine Love.
Psalm 27:13-14 states “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” There has never been a time when I have been separated from God and today, I humbly think on this.
As I began my day today, peace was difficult to find since I was inundated with what I need to do. While writing an article, there seems to be a block and I have errands to run and on and on. Then I recognized this as restlessness and wondered about it. Immediately, I knew it to be the carnal mind talked about in the Bible used to steal my peace and joy and is really nothingness. After stilling my thoughts (prayer) it is up to me whether I want peace and joy or chaos. Easy choice! I choose peace and harmony which is the right and real. The carnal mind is world thought and we need not give it attention only to see through it as the nothingness it is.
Proverbs 20:24 reads “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?” Listening to the voice from within, not the clamor from the world is always the answer.
Yesterday I heard a lady tell a story about her four year old daughter. This child loved to pray to and about everything. She prayed to and about her dolls, family members and her small dog. One day the mother wasn’t feeling well and her little girl was there playing so she asked her to pray for her. The little girl agreed and soon, the lady was feeling much better and asked her daughter what did she pray. She just smiled and said, “I didn’t talk, Mama, I just listened!” What wisdom! So often, we want to do all the talking while true prayer is listening.
Proverbs 16:3 reads “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” This can only be done by listening. An old translation of the word “obey” is to “hear completely”.
As I sit at my desk this morning, reading the Bible and praying , it occurs to me that I have every reason in the world to be joyful! So often, the carnal mind tries to come in and tell me I need to be concerned and worried, but I soon detect this message is not from God. Psalms 84:31 reads “The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in His works.” That verse tells me that if God is rejoicing in His work, then so should I.
The times I feel burdened is the exact time I think I can do something without God and I humbly turn to Him, laying all my burdens on the altar. As I become more grateful for this understanding, I soon see God everywhere and know He has never lost control; no matter what the carnal mind is screaming at us. Today is the Lord’s Day and I will praise Him.