"I will fight for you, you need only be still" so begins page 33 of the book Jesus Today quoting Exodus 14:14. I was reading it the other day and it elevated my thoughts of how I always try to fix things for myself, and sometimes others. I can become weary from so many responsibilities, and as the book later quotes, "In your striving to feel secure, you have relied too heavily on your own thinking."
In those moments after reading it, I thought yes I am much better but I am still striving in many cases on my own initiative. It is very difficult for me to present everything to God, just being honest here, maybe because I have too much going on and possibly because I am just plain stubborn. Maybe that speaks to you as well, but hopefully we can all take heart in these words.
Think of how we feel about our own children, how protective and loving we are and how quick we are to protect them from harm. Multiply that times infinity and that is God, ever present in harm's way. True, things happen, but it is what happens afterward that forges faith. Sometimes tragedy or failure makes us hold tighter to control our own destiny only to come up with disappointing results.
Maybe we just need to let go of the wheel because he says I will fight for you!
Easier said than done, especially for me but I truly want more of Him and less of me. The weariness of trying to do it all can cause fatigue, bad health and bad decisions. I must ask myself this question always, if he knows the way, why am I struggling to find it on my own?
The passage in Jesus Today offers a simple solution, Ask Him to control your mind more and more - soothing you from the inside out. Or in my own words, just scoot over from the drivers seat to the passenger's and let Him take the wheel.
He doesn't need a car with navigation!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.