Good morning all-
Can't sleep? I know the feeling. I woke up this morning at 4 o'clock with way too much on my mind. Things were spinning and I found myself tossing and turning. My mind was on my kids, my son's girlfriend and the new adventures that will be happening in all our lives. For some reason I have really been contemplating how much control I take and how much control I give to the Lord. I would say that I won the toss up this morning. And we all know what that means, I have to give it back.
Thinking through problems and situations is not a bad thing but when it keeps you from a good nights sleep it normally means you're worrying or you really believe you have control in the middle of the night, and my poison of choice was control. So as I tossed, over and over, I began to think about where my confidence comes from. You know what I mean, when you're struggling and trying to keep everything close to your vest. I really believe I have all the answers in the wee hours of the morning. The more I contemplated different scenarios I realized that I needed to take my own advice and go to the Lord.
My life is His remember. I just wrote about it. And of course, the test came this morning at 4 am. I must give over every situation and every thought to Christ. The only way I'm really going to fulfill my purpose is to give Him not only the glory but be confident that He knows what He's doing. I know you've been there before. Something has kept you up at night and you have wondered, "How do I fix this?"
I think that's the true problem with mankind; we truly believe we can fix it. After an hour of trying to do that on my own, I took my phone and looked up Scriptures on confidence. There are many to choose from so I may be talking about it for a week. I know that themes come in and out of me from week to week and maybe this is the lesson I need to propel me forward. Often, I slip back into believing in my confidence and not Gods. I can't believe I do it; but here I am up again, believing it, so this lesson is obviously not learned. I hope I will take the Scripture He provides and really rest in Him for a change. I probably will sleep better, wouldn't you agree?
My point is that in order to fix our problems we must look for wisdom and believe, not in ourselves, but in Christ. He knows the plans He has for us, for our future, which would include future spouses, children, jobs and homes. It encompasses every one of our needs. He knows, not us, and the sooner we put our confidence in Him the more confident we will be.
I'm glad that I woke up this morning. I'm glad that I tossed and turned. I'm glad I prayed for all the things I was worrying about and I'm glad that I gave it ALL back to Christ. I'm glad I looked up Scripture that spoke to my heart and I'm glad that once again I'm reminded of the great God I serve. Often, I'm in my own way and I don't even realize it. How about you? Do you sit and fret about things you have no control over? Do you wonder about tomorrow instead of living in today? Do you worry about your future and find yourself stressed out, depressed and inactive? All of us have been in these kinds of situations, it's what we do with them that count.
So for today, I will rest in the confidence I have in the Lord. I can't worry about tomorrow, although I'm sure I will from time to time. I hope that when I do, I will remember this morning and the wonderful words I read. I hope I go back to the prayers and the promises of Christ and I hope that I sit still long enough for Him to remind me that He's in control, not me. And I hope that when you read this post it will minister to you and it will remind you that we are in the presence of an awesome God, who ministers to us at all hours!
May God bless you and keep you today and may you find His hand in all things great and small!
1 John 2: 28 NKJV:
And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
Ephesians 3:12 NKJV:
in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
1 John 3:21 NKJV:
Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.
Psalm 118:8 NKJV:
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
My prayer today:
O, Lord, I pray we will find You wherever we look. As we do, our minds wander and contemplate the conclusion of every situation. We stumble and we fall and as we look for our confidence in ourselves we crumble. Only You hold the keys to our confidence. It is our faith and belief in You that are the keys to a confident life in Christ. Thank You for giving access to You and to the Scriptures. By Your hand we were saved and by Your will we are Yours. Unfortunately, we seek ourselves for the answers to life, instead of remembering that You are in control of the Universe. We look inside and we worry, we fret and we stumble over our thoughts, which often cause depression and anxiety. I'm so glad that whenever I begin to go into my self, You bring me out. A theme will enter my thoughts and right away I seek You. This morning the theme was confidence. I used to believe I could will confidence and that through my will I would be confident. Today, I once again realize that all the soul searching in the world can't give me the confidence I have in You. So forgive all of us that try to be strong, that will ourselves to know what's best and continue to seek answers within. Please bring us out of this destructive pattern and place our feet firmly on Your ground. Continue to grow us in Your ways and help us to abide in Your confidence all our days. We are seeking and searching for You in everything, please reveal Yourself to us and guide us along the path of confidence. We have assurance in Your sacrifice but some days that doesn't keep the worry away. So today we lay all thoughts, all worries and all our confidence at Your feet. Be our guide and humble us before Your throne. We love You Lord and we thank You for being confident in Your choice to die for us! In Jesus name, AMEN