Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Because You Say So . . .

Photo Credit, David Niblack,

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all 
night and haven’t caught anything. But because 
you say so, I will let down the nets.”
Luke 5:5 NIV

Last weekend was a tough one. The weight of the world was pressing down, and I don't have any of the answers I think I need to have right now. My mind wasn't really focused on the sermon. I've heard the account in Luke 5 countless times, but I found myself reading along in my Bible as the student pastor read the first eleven verses. And then it hit me: ". . . because you say so, I will . . . ."

In my quest for answers - and my demand that God supply them immediately - I have forgotten that God has already given me a lot of direction. It's direction that I haven't followed, so why would I expect Him to give me more information?

There's a lot I need to do before I can ask Him for more. He has told me not to worry, which I continue to do. He says over and over to not be afraid, and I'm failing there too. He wants me to not grow weary in doing good, and some days I just don't want to keep on keeping on. Perseverance is hard work.

God has told me to love and forgive others, and I struggle with this in certain areas of my life. I also have a hard time doing everything (like the never-ending dishes and laundry) like I'm doing them for Him. Then there are the endless doses of medication to give, therapy sessions to attend, doctor appointments to make and keep up with, and all of the new challenges that pop up daily. It's a lot to deal with!

It's time to get back to faith, trust, and surrender. I've got to face everything that happens each day with God's words in mind, and tell Him: "because you say so, I will." Then I've got to walk it out.

Pray: Father, help me to persevere during the hard times, knowing that you've got my back and are protecting and providing for us in every area of our lives. Help me to focus on You and what You have said instead of demanding my own way like a petulant child. Forgive me for thinking that I know what's best for me, and help me to trust You during difficult times and seasons of change. Amen.

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