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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pick My Up and Dust Me Off

If you ask me...who is smarter, you or God?
Of course I would say, God!
But do I really believe that? Always?
My actions would prove otherwise.

When I know what the right thing to do is, but then I choose a path that feels more comfortable...or EASIER....I am in effect saying: God I'm smarter than You.

I cringe at the thought of my own foolishness and pride.

His Word says:
Isaiah 55:8-9
8 "My thoughts are completely different from yours," says the LORD. "And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

So why do I doubt? Why do I take the path of least resistance?

For me, it all boils down to trust.
Do I really trust Him?
Do I really believe that He has my best interest at heart?

So many times there is a bigger plan that I don't see. I react and respond to the "here and now" situation instead of trusting that the Lord is at work in and through my life to bring Himself glory.

I can testify to the fact that choosing His ways, trusting Him completely (there is NO such thing as partial trust), and believing His Word that tells me of His incredible love for the right way to live.

I want my life to be a reflection of His amazing love.

I have blown it, time and time again. And yet, if I will grab His hand, let Him pick me up, and dust me off...He will make beauty for ashes.

Isaiah 61:3
To all who mourn in Israel, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair. For the LORD has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory.
For His glory, not ours.

You are smarter than I, Lord help me to live a life that reflects how much I believe that!


Michele Williams said...

How true... I am so thankful our Lord is so longsuffering!

Unknown said...

I'm so thankful that the Lord doesn't give up on me. His love is so amazing!

He & Me + 3 said...

So true...I am so glad that He does trade beauty for ashes. So thankful that He is so forgiving & always there to help...even when i choose the wrong path. Need more trust.
great post!

Suzanne said...

Thank you for that! You know, I am going through some stuff right now and my head is whirling! I told my friend this morning that I'm leaving it up to God and I will not cease praying over this! Yes, His ways and thoughts are higher than mine!

SunnySusan said...

Oh boy this hit a note.....I truly believe that God has a great and wonderful plan...but sometimes I think not for me...for others...but not for me.....a lie from the pit, I say....but it does haunt me at times...Praise God He is on the throne and I am not....blessings

Smelling Coffee said...

Oh my goodness, Sue~ You have no idea how I needed to hear these words this very moment - this very second. I've done something God has told me to do, and the immediate consequenceses have been painful today, and I needed that reminder that It is better to obey God and to trust Him than to do what feels "better" at the moment!

Thank you so much!

Susan said...

Our Pastor said the other day, "There are very few professing athiests, but there are a lot of practicing arthiest who by their actions say they do not believe in God." I thought, that is so very true.

Unknown said...

Our Heavenly Father is so much smarter then me.
Thanks again for another inspiring post.

Unknown said...

I received my mug and coffee today. We'll have the coffee tomorrow.
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

So true...I am learning and practicing to take the path of Christ because it is much better than the one I would take and have taken, even if I can't see what comes at the end of the road.

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