Alexander Hamilton wisely advised, “You have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.” Knowing what we believe, why we believe it and living out those convictions serve to greatly reduce our anxiety, simplify our decisions and amplify our overall quality of living. However, how can we ensure our beliefs are correct & that we know our life mission? Thankfully, as Christ followers, our Creator provides all we need to know:
God Gives: God creates each of us with a specific purpose and reveals His will as we seek and surrender our lives to Him (Psalms 139:16). As we prayerfully study His Word, worship & fellowship with other believers, and are obedient in living out the commands we learn, God is faithful in directing our way (Psalms 18:32).
God Guides: Are we guided by our own interests, feelings and desires, or have we completely surrendered our life to Jesus? When we give our life to God, and love Him above all else, He assumes full responsibility for what He owns, and what an awesome blessing that is (Matthew 6:25-34)! For He alone holds the perfect plans for our life (Jeremiah 29:11).
God Guards: God seeks to invest our lives for His glory and Kingdom expansion. Yet, as with any investment there is risk for we will face opposition from our flesh, the world and the evil one. However, Jesus reminds us all things are possible with God, and He knowingly sends us out among wolves (Matthew 10:16). Therefore, we know God is never in a losing position & neither are we in Christ (Psalms 34:19).
Application: “Entrusted w/ Troubles & Treasures” (Psalms 138:7-8)
Have present, or past circumstances been allowed to distract us from our mission? Remember, Mary was told she was favored by God and was therefore entrusted with the profound gift of serving as the earthly mother to the Savior of the world. Yet, while favored, she also faced many troubles in the form of ridicule, persecution, heartache, etc. Likewise, God entrusts us with the precious gift of Jesus & faithfully equips us through the waves of adversity, empowers our personal testimony & provides us with our own platforms to share His eternal truths with a decaying world. May we enter our tomorrows with unwavering trust in our Savior, knowing He is greater than any circumstance and remain trustworthy in our call as God’s representatives of grace in all we do during these welcoming days of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:1).