“That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” Romans 8:28 (The Message).
Within the last month, we’ve talked about what submission to God looks like. When we submit, we’re agreeing to obey Him according to His plan and lay our own agenda down. Sometimes the initial laying down is painful, but once we take that action step and choose to trust God before seeing the end result, something remarkable occurs. We’re filled with a peace that can’t be explained as well as joy and excitement to see how God’s going to work.
We’ve also talked about how the strength we gain from battles won in the past isn’t enough to face the trials we face today. In order to be strong enough to win today’s battles, we need to continually seek God’s strength on a daily basis, asking for just enough for what is ahead today. Then tomorrow we need to ask for strength enough for that day.
However, that doesn’t mean it’s always a smooth transition from fear of the unknown to faith in God’s plan. I’m still a work in progress and fear creeps in from time to time. In “The Only Way – Part IV,” I talked about how the deadline of August 8th approached and I still had no supplemental income to replace what I was losing. I truly believed God was in control and had a plan in place for our family, but I also wanted to make sure I was doing my part and not being lazy. Various employment opportunities had presented themselves, but each one didn’t seem like a good fit with our particular family’s needs.
So, on August 8th, I continued to pursue freelance writing, the direction I felt God was opening up. However, fear had crept in again and I truly wanted to make sure I was still on the path He was taking me down. Just like a loving earthly parent, God was right there, patiently showing me in four different ways on that particular day how I was safe inside His will. I touched on those in What Faith Looks Like – Part III, but next time I’d love to share those in more detail to make an important point.
© 2013 Cheri Swalwell