Posted by: mikenicholsblog | February 1, 2012

exclusive access

If you were to walk into my office and look around, your eyes would eventually land on the words written on a thin piece of wood. This office memento was purchased from a very cool store containing incredible Christian merchandise. If, with wisdom, I would look at my wooden strip daily and internalize the words, my perspective would stay in a better place. But I don’t always look at it, and then when I do…. well, maybe emotionally applying it is difficult. It is logical to assume that since I bought the wooden piece, I think the words are important. And I do! You may be asking; “Well, what are the words?” I’ll share them with you, but only if you promise to apply them.

Good morning, this is God. I will be handling all your problems today.

As you read the above statement, what was your reaction?  Are you willing to cast your daily burdens on Him?  Can it be that simple?

I am going to make an assumption that, like so many, you prefer to handle your own problems, and struggle with committing them to the Father’s care. Would you agree that even when you are committed to involving God in every part of your day, it’s really hard to let Him have exclusive access to your problems? But be encouraged, we can do it! And also be warned, that if we choose to leave God out of our plans, and direct our own journey, we have no right to expect Him to guide us. Perspective on trusting God to guide you through each day, even in the midst of problems, can be found in a quote taken from Dallas Williard’s book, Renovation of the Heart.

“At the beginning of each morning I commit my day to the Lord’s care.”

A simple statement, yes, but one packed with incredible insight. In Christ, you and I have the ability to present our day before Him, and trust Him for the results. None of us has the ability to make today or tomorrow a perfect day. We live in a fallen world. Our Lord already knows what is in front of us with all its joy and sorrow. Do you think He will give us direction? Of course He will! Just remember throughout the day, when the inevitable problem arises, whisper words like these: “Father, I have given you this day, and now I trust You to guide me”. And He will!  Look no further than Scripture for assurance …

Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.

There can be no doubt, that when we trust God, He will guide us. I see the illustration of God’s desire to keep us on track in my relationship with my daughter. If she has a problem, I will move mountains to help her. But she can choose not to involve me. Our Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, wants to direct our paths. But we choose daily whether or not to involve Him. Begin today (and then tomorrow, and the next day) by committing your day to the Lord’s care. Lean on His power, not your ability. He can handle your problems today. Believe it!


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