Thursday, January 3, 2008

Step 2: Believe, page 48

Have faith in God. Know that God desires your happiness. Believe in Him. Have faith that He will lead you to happiness.

“Don’t worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your Heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” (Matt 6:25-34)

page 49

“Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” (Psalm 37:3-4)

Act, speak and think on this faith in God. How much do you really believe that God is bringing happiness to your life? Examine your faith. Do you really believe?

page 50

Trusting in the Lord can sometimes look like naivite or simplicity. People might say, “You should worry about that.” But remember that “Innocence is wanting to be led by the Lord and not by oneself.” (HH 341). So be innocent. Follow the Lord. Trust in Him, like a child.
Often it is “out of the mouths of babes” that we more often hear the sentiment of “with God, nothing is impossible” Get yourself out of the way of God’s omnipotence, and trust in Him.

“Out of the mouth of babes and infants You have ordained strength.” (Psalm 8:2)

“What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27)

“Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” (Matt 19:26)

page 51

“Most of us have never allowed ourselves to want what we truly want...”
I’m not talking about wanting evil things. While God will let us choose evil, He knows it won’t make us happy.
“You don’t need to know how it’s going to come about.” Let the Lord show you the way. I’m not saying just sit around trusting and not acting. When you truly trust in God, He will show you how to act.
When we try to work out HOW it will happen, we are not trusting God.

page 52.

We might pray to God for something, and it might not come or happen.
And that might introduce disappointment and doubt. We might even NOT pray to God for certain things because of a fear of disappointment! But fear of disappointment is really just a lack of trust in God. Because God’s agenda is our happiness, so if we don’t get something that we thought would make us happy, then we should trust that there’s something BETTER on the way. God is omniscient, not us. That’s the blessing of unanswered prayers.

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