Life gets tiring, no doubt about it. The problems you face daily can seem overwhelming, and sometimes it may seem like you just can’t move forward in your Christian walk. The obstacles can seem like impenetrable fortresses, and you just don’t feel like you have the energy to blast through them like you may have in the past.
A woman God sent across my path who has become a friend said that she misses the fire and enthusiasm of that first love when she was a baby Christian. Nothing seemed to stop her, and she relied on God for everything. When challenges arose, instead of the current anxiety that besets her, she felt peace, knowing that God is in control and would work things out. Now, she is faced with a career challenge that’s very negative and is very anxious about it when, a while back, she would have said something like “Okay, God, this one’s for You. Things may seem impossible to me, but I know nothing is impossible for You. I know Your word says that You make all things work out for the good for those that love You, and I surely do love You.”
So what happened? She still loves God. No doubt about that. Could it be spiritual teenagerhood that’s afflicting her? Most teens think they know it all and have all the answers and capability to successfully address life’s challenges. (I hear some of you parents groaning out there!) Kids rely on their parents and others to keep them safe. Teens tend to rely on self. Could it be that the same growth process that we experience physically is somehow mirrored in the spiritual?
Can we understand that it’s not childish to rely on God for everything we need? Can we understand that God expects us to do what we can and rely on Him for the rest? Can we remember Jesus’ teaching that it’s a childlike attitude that will enable the believer to be with God forever? It’s that safe feeling that you are protected and loved that can and will get you through your life’s hard times. That’s what I shared with my friend, and that’s what I’m sharing with you now. That’s today’s encouraging word.
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