My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:15-16 (ESV, 2001)
God already has a plan
This is a difficult concept to grasp, especially when we encounter challenges and difficulties. We’re happy to let God drive when things are going our way, but as soon as we face a hurdle we reach for the wheel; totally ludicrous, if you think about who God is and who we are. Yet instead of smiting us dead, He shows us kindness and mercy.
Depend on Him Entirely for Everything
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
Genesis 2:15 (ESV, 2001)
Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. Genesis 2:19 (ESV, 2001)
Yes, there are things God expects us to do. He expected Adam to tend to the Garden and name all the animals. God expects us to obey His commands. Yet, relying on ourselves, we fall utterly short, as Adam did.
“…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 (ESV, 2001)
But God doesn’t give up on us. He continues to teach and mold each of us, sharpening us at every turn. There is nothing that happens in your life that catches God by surprise. There is nothing in your life that He doesn’t have an answer for. The challenging thing for you and me is to surrender ourselves to Him fully, completely and entirely in everything life brings us. Letting go and letting God, for some reason, is so incredibly difficult for us to do at times. Our pride and our will are stubborn and don’t give way easily. Worry and fear crouch at the door waiting to devour our hopes and our dreams, paralyzing us in our tracks, and remanding us to be spectators walking the sidelines of faith. The Devil has a good laugh over the ease with which he derails us.
We respond by trusting God and remembering that He already has a plan. We just need to stay on course, resting in the peace of knowing that even if we don’t know what lies over the next hilltop, God’s already got it. When He called the disciples, Jesus simply said “Follow Me” and they did. No, their journey was not obstacle free. To the contrary, following God is not for the timid, any more so today than it was back in the days when Jesus Christ— fully God, fully Man— walked this earth. But, nonetheless, God is trustworthy. He will not leave us, nor forsake us.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (ESV, 2001)