by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2014
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)
Is He God or is He not? If He is God, then do we believe in Him? If we do, then we also know that what He promises is the Truth. He cannot lie. Neither does He change. Thus what He promised to generations before ours, remains His promise to us. We can rely on it. In fact, reliance on His love and promise to care for us is the only things upon which we can truly rely.
He tells us not to worry. This is not because nothing we view as bad will happen. This is not because we will get everything we want. It is because He knows who we are, where we are, our past, our present and our future. He knows the plans He has for us. He knows our dreams, our wishes and our fears and He loves us. He created us to be with Him. Our ancestors chose exile. Yet He is constantly on the move offering opportunity to be restored to Him and then be used by Him with great purpose as a vessel through which (by the power of His Spirit) He continues to draw others to Himself.
We are not to worry, but seek His kingdom first. Our focus is to be getting to know Him better, practicing listening for His voice and then grasping the courage to obey that which we think we hear which does not contradict His Word, but may not seem to make sense to our logical human minds. This is His desire for us!….because……
He has the rest handled. He is God. He has the overview. He does have the plan and is the only One with the power to complete it. His intentions are good and not evil. He takes what the enemy means for evil and uses it for eventual good. He alone is God and there is no other. He is always using everything for His rescuing work of humanity. He has counted every hair on every head, sees every sparrow which follows and knows exactly what is on your mind at this moment.
All things belong to Him, He is always going after every lost sheep, never gets discouraged, never loses heart and never quits. But He also never promises here will be heaven. It is not. It is the place of our exile and it will not be easy.
But we do not have to keep our focus here; we can direct our gaze to Him already gone before us to eternity! That is our destiny! Eyes forward. Attitude bowed down in worship, awe, admiration and adoration of the King of kings and Lord of lords, who has always reigned and will always reign, who created each of uniquely and takes a personal interest in each of us individually.
Worry has no productive result. It causes mental strain, emotional anguish and physical consequences, but worry in and of itself changes nothing. Read it again. Worry changes nothing.
We need to do as He says. We need to look to God. We need to focus on His promises, not in fear, but with the trust of a child who knows the parent has everything handled.
This does not mean from our current perspective it will all be “okay”. But He will accompany us through all that comes and He will lead us gently and faithfully (sometimes carrying us!) from here to eternity. And in the twinkling of an eye we will be ushered into that place where there is no more sorrow and no more pain. The Comforter will personally wipe away every tear and finally our joy will be complete.
For now, we either trust Him and His plan or we do not. We either let Him be God or we try to make things change by the amount of our worry. We either choose to rest in His plan, thanking Him for what we can see as well as what we can’t, believing He will work out the good, vital, most important eternal things through all the yuck, following where He leads, or we sit down and cry in our own mess.
It hurts to watch others we love hurt. We don’t want it for them. But God has a plan and a purpose for them and He sees what is going on. He asks us to trust, be confident not in the circumstances but in Him and what He will work through these circumstances, to worship, pray, listen and obey. He asks us to trust Him in order to not fear the consequences from any lesser power or personal choice. He asks this as a sign that we believe and acknowledge He alone is God.
It is not easy! We want what we want and we do not want suffering for ourselves. And we definitely do not want suffering for those we love.
He asks us to believe, trust and pray—to join Jesus in intercession at the right hand of God the Father in heaven. He asks us to partner with Him by the power of His Spirit to birth that which He has purposed from being a spiritual plan into being a tangible, natural event.
Do we believe He is God? Then let’s worship Him—let’s thank, let’s recount to Him His promises, reveling in the fact that they are for us and those we love. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise and let Him calm our fears by writing His Truth on our hearts. In return by our worship, He will shift the atmosphere and enable ground given up to the enemy in the hearts of those we love to be re-taken for our Lord and His perfect, redeeming, restoring, healing, empowering, encouraging way.
Let us let God be God. Let us become the trusting children He asks us to be. Let us boldly come before His throne of grace and ask for what we want, then let us live in the moment without worry for the future for we choose to know He holds it all well and safety in the palm of His hands.www.eaglesnestfoundation.org
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro and on itunes.
Elizabeth is the Founder of Eagles Nest Foundation which provides spiritual support & encouragement to military and military families as well as those in physical and emotional battles (such as cancer, long-term illness) as well as those grieving a loss. (A current outreach is The Japan GRIEF Project.) For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org