Psalm 37:23 (New Living Translation) 23 The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
I’ve always been one who has struggled to achieve certain things in my life, perhaps we all do. I am not the most focused or organized individual when it comes to what my priorities should be, but I think it goes back to not wanting to do those things that are uncomfortable or unpleasant in our lives like keeping my finances in order or working out, both of which I am trying to get better at one day at a time. These are areas that I have to constantly surrender over to God. It’s easy to surrender the easy stuff, the stuff that we plan on doing anyway, like making our devotion and prayer time a habit and desire every morning; this too, was a long time coming, but now I see it as an area that I can’t live without. As I am reading more and more and learning more about myself and my relationship with God, I am humbly reminded time and time again that I am pretty darn useless in my own strength. I am also learning that it is in those uncomfortable, uncertain times that we grow in different areas of our lives and our character. In Psalm 37 :5 it says 5 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. Easy enough right, but we need to be wise and remember how easy it is to forget such simple truths in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Commit Everything; Everything! This is the good, the bad, and the ugly areas of our lives. The fears of the unknown, our futures, our dreams, and desires. God has really been giving me some big ideas lately, but he is also teaching me to put first things first, and get done what I need to get done. I can get pretty overwhelmed mentally if I let myself, and so I have been finding myself constantly letting go and letting God in as much as I can. I say all this to help remind us all that our job is to seek Him and obey what it is he tells us to do and He will honor that and bless our efforts when we give Him our issues to handle. I know for me, learning to do more of this has been extremely freeing. It is so good to know that God oversees every little detail of my life, and that He only has good plans and purposes for my life. He delights in every detail of our lives! and all we need to do is listen and obey! A beautiful example of obedience was shown to me this morning in Luke 1, where Mary, the mother of God, gets the big news that indeed she will bear the son! Mary wonders how this is going to happen and gets her questions answered leaving her quick to obey and rejoice!
34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”
35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.[a]”
38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.
Oh, isn’t that beautiful! Nothing is impossible with God. We say things like this over and over, and it becomes cliche even, but how much power we would have if we truly let ourselves believe it! I know I am trying to as I continually learn to live surrendered, giving God every last little area of my life. I love too, how Mary responded: “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” Yes, Lord, I am your servant, have your way with me!! Beautiful!! That is rock solid faith and obedience right there folks! And that is what I want my heart to look like!! Awesome!!
Later, when she goes off to visit Elizabeth she was again praised for her obedience to do the will of God; v. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” After Mary realizes how big this blessing of obedience really is she breaks out in song :
46And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
51He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
53He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers.”
So let us too, trust in our Lord with every area of our life! Let us know that He is watching over His beloved children and that He will only bring goodness to our lives when we give him all of us through our surrender and our hope, belief and obedience. Father God, thank you for all your goodness that you shower over our lives. We know life is hard but you make everything easy when we choose to obey you and your ways. Help us to always put you first in our lives and give us a constant desire for righteousness and work that is pleasing to your sight. Help us trust you and obey as you lead us in becoming more like your son Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen!!