We tend to fuss a good deal when we don’t get our way. I suppose that is part of being a child, but as the children of God, we really have nothing to complain about. With Jesus as our Good Shepherd he has stated unequivocally that he will guide us along the ‘Right Paths’ for his name sake.
The thing that we get hung up on with regularity is that what we perceive as the path forward isn’t always what God’s got planned for us. Faith involves a healthy investment in trust. Not just cautiously approaching what God has put before us but to embrace it and trust fully that despite things not going in just the manner that we think that they should, we have His promises to us and our faith assures us that he will not fail to keep His promises or His children.
He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me.
Psalms 23:3-4 (CSB)
We are instructed not to worry about ‘anything’, but we persist in worrying about everything. God doesn’t intend for us to worry, He wants us to trust he will provide for our welfare, our direction, and our protection within his will for us.
I don’t mean to trivialize death by any means, but people pray for healing and God does heal us when we are in this life, but the ultimate healing is when we have shed this flawed flesh and are given new bodies that are crafted in perfection, in a place where there is no sorrow, no tears, no pain, and the light of God illuminates everything always so there is no night.
For the believer in Jesus Christ death itself is a healing act on the part of God.
Our trust in the Lord’s plans for us and care for us should be so matter of fact that there is absolutely nothing that faces us that can draw us down into the depths of disparity.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (CSB)
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” There is a lot of faith and trust placed into what Paul is telling us that we are to do, but consider not just the outcome, but what the prerequisites are that Paul is outlining as well.
In “everything”, through our prayers and petitions, present our requests to God our Father and do not forget to include the thanksgiving that we should always have for Him, for not only what he does, but who He is!
This then is the basis on which the peace that “surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
There literally are not any circumstances that justify our worry, nor are there any that justify us taking action on our own in lieu of God’s provision for us.
When we go off on our own and attempt to commandeer the care of God, we stray from the path that He has laid before us. The proprietorship of our good is His domain and His alone. It isn’t subject to our approval or consent.
The ‘right path’ is to place our faith and trust in God’s provision for us, and not run around the path He has given us. There may be puddles of doubt, there may be rough rocks that appear to be impassable, but we should submit everything to him in prayer and thanksgiving, trusting that what He has in store for us is just what we require.
In His Grace,