I just got to trust that God is working on it

One of my biggest struggles that I face as a Christian is watching others not reach their full potential in Christ.  I realize that it is God who transforms, but I also know that He gives us all free will to choose and truly put our trust in Him.  I often wonder how pastors must feel when they get up week after week, spilling there hearts out for a congregation to “hear” and open their hearts in surrender to God.  I think it would drive me crazy;  I know it would, b/c just watching it from the pew every week is agonizing.  I know I’ve blogged about this allot, and sometimes I feel like I’m going in circles with it; finding peace, then getting pushed out again by a wave of frustration.  Bottom line I know is that just like salvation, our hearts have to be open to the voice of God, and we have to get to a point where we finally let go and trust.  I know for me, it’s been a very painful process of surrender and pruning, but man the fruit and the growth it produced and continues to produce.  Yesterday, I was at home and rather frustrated over this and other stuff God is getting me to deal with; and He gently reminded me that the best thing I can do with all this frustration is to turn it over to Him in prayer.  He said “Robin, I know this drives you crazy, it drives me crazy too, but you know you can’t make these people change, Pastor Jim can’t make these people change, but one of the most powerful things you can do to help them is to pray, I know you do, but when you feel like you are going in circles with it again, and it’s driving you crazy, hand it over to me in prayer and know that I’m dealing with it.”  Surrender it,yes.  I just needed to be reminded.  I so desperately want to see people transformed, I often forget that I can’t see what God is doing in their lives, but when I pray, it is a way of surrendering my trust that God is dealing with it, and that He has me working on my own issues.  It’s hard, and I know God knows that it’s hard for me, b/c my heart cares deeply for others.  I’ve seen how truly living surrendered has radically changed me, and it’s really hard not to judge others, but with God’s help daily, I just need to surrender and trust that He is working where I can’t see.  Some daysI am really grateful for being such a mess.  I know that sounds weird, but I guess it keeps me humble and human, and probably keeps my pride in check.  So Lord, right here, right now, I surrender others that you have place in my life to you, I am trusting that you are working in their lives even when I can’t see the transformation for myself.  Help to keep me humble and help me to not forget these very important things that you teach me.  It is your grace, your unmerited favor that we need daily.  Thank you for giving us eyes to see your truth, ears to hear your voice, and hearts to long for your truth and your ways and to desire to become more like you.  I believe God, help me with my unbelief.  Amen.

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3 thoughts on “I just got to trust that God is working on it

  1. Have you ever noticed the disparity among church-goers as they listen to the Word of God being preached aloud? Many times you will see one listening with rapt attention, while another, right next to him, is day-dreaming, or, in some cases, sleeping soundly! In some ways, this mirrors the different spiritual responses to the parables of Christ.

    Jesus explained it this way: “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.” (Matthew 13:11-16)

    Christ’s parables had the power to hide truth and reveal truth at the same time, depending on the condition of the listeners. Let us make sure today that if the Word of God is becoming hard to understand, or if it seems boring, that we allow the Holy Spirit to arrest the process of spiritual blindness, deafness, and hard-heartedness. Just as the truth of the Gospel aroused your interest in becoming born-again, let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing you (Colossians 3:16), as you grow in spiritual maturity, and grow closer to God.

  2. I believe God, help me with my unbelief.

    I love that verse/prayer! It is so much my prayer many times! I want to believe, but I don’t. But if I want to and ask God for help, He will do that. It is the desire to change that’s important, right? Thanks for your post! Loved it! Jenny

  3. You know, I think i would be worried if you DIDNT have these struggles. So many Christians are comfortable. You are not. And that means that you are obedient, looking ofr Him , examining your heart and your emotions. Don’t quit!

    David

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