“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6
In all honesty, I really don’t like driving. It scares the living daylights out of me. The fact that I tend to panic rather easily while driving is one of the reasons why at 20 I still don’t have my license.
Although I don’t like driving, I do like riding in a car. I guess that could be attributed to visiting extended family. The majority of my extended family is anywhere between 2 and 8 hours away. So, I’ve gotten used to long car trips.
As I was thinking about all that has been going on lately I realized a couple of things. The first thing that I’ve realized is that God is in control and arguing with God is pointless.
“The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand.” ~Isaiah 14:24
Now, I admit that when I’m really worried about something and I read a verse like the one above it doesn’t make me feel any better. In fact, I am then convinced that my worst fears are going to come about. If that’s you right now, I ask that you take a deep, calming breath and read on because that’s not necessarily the case.
“…plans for welfare and not for evil…”~Jeremiah 29:11
The second thing that I have learned is that God’s plans for me are GOOD. Psalm 86:15 says that God is “…Slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. God loves us so much that He died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). He loves us like a parent loves their child (see Isaiah 49:15-16). My parents have never wanted to harm me in anyway and God is the same way. He wants what is best for us. The best may not be easy or convient but it is the best for us.
“…They shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).” ~Matthew 1:23
The third thing that I was reminded of is that Jesus’ very name states that He is with us. When Jesus was on the earth He was tempted by the Devil (see Matthew 4:1-11) and He remained victorous!! Hebrews 4:15 says that “…[We have] one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus has been here; He knows EXACTLY what life down here is like. Because of what Jesus has done on the earth we can share in HIS VICTORY. 1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The final thing that I have learned is that Jesus wants to take our burdens from us. Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tells is to come to Him when we are burdened by life. We are told in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us,
So, when we don’t know where God is taking us we just need to sit back, trust in His Word and enjoy the ride knowing that whatever happens He will be right beside us and we will be better in the end.
Until next time,