This morning I debated sending an email inquiring about the status of the search process at one church. Prior to sending the email I had to sit back and ask if this was being done trying to move things in my timing or if this was something I was free to do and still be trusting God. After working through this with God and searching my motives I felt free to inquire. Living in a sense of “darkness” is difficult for most of us. By “darkness” I mean living in the unknown. Living in the unknown means that we have to trust, and when we struggle with trust we then typically worry.
Our God is all about shining light on the unknown. He does this most frequently not by making the unknown known, but by revealing Himself as the One who is sovereign over that very unknown. When there are things that are facing us there are frequently things that God expects us to act on but there are also things over which we have no control. In all of these things, whether we can act or not, He expects us to rest in full dependence on Him either as the One who will provide either apart from our effort or through our effort. The key, which Sarah writes about today, is trusting God with thanksgiving.
Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (4/10)
Trust Me in every detail of your life. Nothing is random in My kingdom. Everything that happens fits into a pattern for good, to those who love Me. Instead of trying to analyze the intricacies of the pattern, focus your energy on trusting Me and thanking Me at all times. Nothing is wasted when you walk close to Me. Even your mistakes and sins can be recycled into something good, through My transforming grace.
While you were still living in darkness, I began to shine the Light of My Presence into your sin-stained life. Finally, I lifted you up out of the mire into My marvelous Light. Having sacrificed My very Life for you, I can be trusted in every facet of your life.
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” Jeremiah 17:7
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMP)
He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps in establishing my goings. Psalm 40:2
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you up out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)