“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will keep your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Too often we attempt to get through life all on our own. Our society is extremely independent. We want to be in control. We want to choose our college, our area of study, our jobs, our spouses – the list goes on and on.
This can especially be destructive when it comes to controlling our spiritual life, we can create a really big mess. We want to be in the driver’s seat. We’re constantly telling God, “I can handle this, dude. Quit backseat driving.”
But that’s the problem. God is in the backseat. While He’s back there, we’re up in the front and we’re swerving all over the road, hitting trees and mailboxes and other people. We create disasters. We create destruction.
But God is the Creator. He wants to make us into new creations. “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children,” Paul writes in Ephesians. When we try to imitate Christ we fail miserably. But when we rely on Jesus, we discover that he is very good at imitating himself.
“All you have to do is trust in God!” That sounds really cliché, doesn’t it? But it’s true. We cannot rely on ourselves to change or control our lives. We have to stop being selfish. We have to look to God. The transforming power of the Spirit is working in our lives. God promises His Spirit, and the Spirit of God is not idle. If we have the Spirit, we will have the fruits of the Spirit.
So this week remember this: God is at work in you. And when the times come that things just don’t make sense, remember that God is our foundation. Rest in the fact that He is worthy of our trust. Let go of your worries and struggles and trust in Him. He’s got everything under control.