Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. (Philippians 4:6 AMP)
The scriptures tell us to bring EVERYTHING to God in prayer, so why do we struggle with our little things? So many of us think, “I don’t need to bother God with this, it’s something I can take care of” – but we don’t realize that when we do that, we’re actually saying that we don’t trust God.
But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.
(Hebrews 11:6 AMP)
Our faith is based on trusting God and in the scriptures we’re told that it’s IMPOSSIBLE to walk with and please God UNLESS we have faith. The enemy is going to do everything he can to keep us from enjoying this life and from walking with God. I imagine if we made commercials to show others how good God is for us, I believe more people would reconsider their relationship with God – but let me add a disclaimer here – God is not a Genie, that we keep in a dust covered bottle and only call on when it’s convenient for us.
Medications have so many side effects, I imagine if we listed the side effects of a relationship with God it would look like this: we’re blessed (not stressed), we’re filled with joy (regardless of our circumstances), we’re favored (good things come our way because of our relationship with God, not because of who/what/where we are), we’re a blessing to others (because when we learn to love God and love others as ourselves, we’re no longer looking out for our own selfish interests), we’re striving to be more like Christ everyday (we know we’re imperfect, we know we’re sinners, we know we make mistakes, but because the blood of Christ’s righteousness gives us mercy and grace to keep trying with all sincerity). The enemy is a thief, he will do whatever he can to take these ‘benefits’ of our faith in God away from us.
The Lord has told you, ·human [O’ man], what is good;
he has told you what ·he wants [the Lord requires] from you:
to do what is ·right to other people [just],
love ·being kind to others [mercy; lovingkindness],
and ·live humbly, obeying [walk humbly with] your God.
(Micah 6:8 EXB)
Which scenario would you feel more secure: (1) if you are walking through a strange, dark park at night with your arm wrapped around your muscular, tall, and strong husband (2) or walking through a strange, dark park at night, all alone, while searching for your husband?
Obviously you would feel more secure when you are on your husband’s arm, compared to looking for your husband. Consider this then, would you rather go through life’s challenges (big and small) with God by your side or searching for Him because you haven’t kept close to Him during your walk. That’s how the enemy sneaks in, filling our minds with random stuff that removes our focus off of God – getting us off the path God had planned for us, one distracting step at a time. Imagine if the park is our life and the darkness is because we haven’t used God’s Word to light our paths – what if the lamp posts were only lighted if we had spent time with God each day, and the more time we spent praying and in God’s Word the light would shine even brighter?
Your word is like a lamp for my feet
and a light for my path [ it shows how life should be lived].
(Psalm 119:105 EXB)
Our walk with God isn’t about taking leaps of faith, instead it’s daily steps of faith – trusting in God to lead us always. The only way to achieve complete trust in God, is to spend time with Him everyday: talking to God, praying, reading His Word. If we don’t take the time to draw close to God, we won’t be able to trust Him enough for our daily life activities, let alone for the big battles that will come. This life we’ve been given has a purpose and it’s to bring glory to God. God has a beautiful life planned for each one of us and when we put our trust in God – He will show us the way.
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
(Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP)