SEEK GOD FIRST
Lord, songwriter James Ward has borrowed the words of the gospel (Your “good news”) and written truth: good truth, necessary truth, but such hard truth for us to live!
The author of Proverbs writes: Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart … Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight (Proverbs 3:3,5).
Again, Lord, truth – good, necessary, and hard.
Peter also writes: Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7).
We are getting it from all sides, Lord God, aren’t we? What it all comes down to is this idea of trust. It’s about getting our priorities in order and paying attention to what we view. It’s about remembering who we are and, most importantly, who YOU are. Why is that such a tough thing for us to do?
We are puzzling creatures, Lord, choosing to look in the wrong direction time and time again, to follow our worst instincts, to try like crazy to keep some control over our lives, our loved ones, our plans, our minds, our circumstances. Yet what we know to be true is that there is not much in this life over which we have any real control.
You know us so well, don’t You? You know our penchant for anxiety, our desperate need to hold onto the reins, our yearning for the puzzle pieces to fit together perfectly. So, You teach us this good, necessary, and oh-so-hard truth over and over again:
Let go. Believe in Your goodness. Relinquish our conniving and all our anxious plotting, and rest in the truth that YOU are the one who sees the end from the beginning. YOU are the one who cares for us, who promises to walk with us no matter what life throws our way.
With sometimes frightening regularity, we learn of friends lost to us through death – people we love who are gone from our presence. It always feels too soon, at least to our way of understanding.
We have other friends who are walking through difficult times, facing hard things that we do not understand. Maybe we are the ones hearing news we did not plan on and did not want to hear.
It seems like no matter where we look, there are so many things that can cause anxiety.
When these hard things happen, our go-to mode is almost always the opposite of what Your Word says to us. We do worry. We are anxious. We do forget to trust You, only You, to set things right with this world of ours.
Forgive us for our faithlessness and our disloyalty. Forgive us for allowing our fears to push us into trying to manipulate people and circumstances, to pull strings, to work behind the scenes in feeble attempts to make everything turn out how we think it should.
Hear our prayer, O Lord! Heal us from all those broken parts that push us to Mach-10 levels of anxiety. Help us bind Your goodness around our necks like a beautiful, shimmering shawl that can wrap our worried hearts and over-anxious minds in warmth and release. Help us to write these words on our hearts: “Trust in the Lord. Trust in the Lord.” Amen.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- Is something worrying you? As 1 Peter reminds us, you can give it to the Lord and trust Him. Will you do that today?
- Are you grieving a loss today? Use our printable Coping with Grief to help you deal with that grief.
- Is anxiety your constant companion? Could you shift your focus from your circumstances to who God is and how very much He loves you? Find helpful suggestions in our Anxiety Exercises printable for how to draw into God’s loving presence.
Diana R.G. Trautwein
Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer & Creative
Diana is a follower of Jesus, wife to Richard since 1965, mom to three adult children, blessed MIL to their three spouses, Nana to 8 grandkids ranging in age from 13-32, and GMIL to one amazing young woman (who just passed her doctoral dissertation in mathematics - hooray!). She has been a stay-at-home mom, a small business owner, a mid-life seminary student and TA, and a pastor for over 20 years. Diana is also a certified spiritual director and a Chronic Joy® Contributing Writer & Creative. Connect with her at DianaTrautwein.com.
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