What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. – James 4:14
Embarking on this year of TRUST has already been challenging. You see the biggest idol of my heart is people pleasing and my children. There I said it! Brad Bigney in his book Gospel Treason writes “An idol is anything or anyone that begins to capture our hearts, minds, and affections more than God.”
side note: Fortunate for me, a group of us are going to be working through this book starting next Monday! If you’re in Central Oregon and want to join us, send me a message😊
Anyhow…What is your life? Do you know that it is but a mist that appears for a small time and then vanishes? Why then do I get all caught up in anxiety and fear over the here and now? Is it about the quality of my TRUST in God? Is He not the author and finisher of my faith and life? Isn’t he the one that GAVE us all the life we get to live and wrote the story He purposed for us?
Indeed He is.
God is Over all and Through all and In All. Ephesians tells us this, over and over and over again. I believe it. I believe He is sovereign and I believe He is ALL good. The question is do I really believe He is All good when things fall apart and don’t turn out the way I think is good?
Do you BELIEVE Him?
These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. – Hebrews 11:13
Aw the great greats of the Faith in Hebrews 11….How do you think they navigated the trials of life when they didn’t receive that which was promised and didn’t have outcomes that looked like something they accounted as good?
THEY DIED IN FAITH.
But they didn’t die a death to nothing. They died to resurrection with Christ. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. John 11:25
God is good in your trials. period.
God is good when things seem like they are falling apart. God can be trusted. Your job is to believe Him. You must rest in faith that He is working for you, even when you can’t see Him or feel Him. You must be confident, through faith, that He will not ultimately let you down. And most assuredly, you must have your sights set on eternity…past the mist of this life and toward that which is promised to those that believe!
What captures your heart, mind and affections more then God? The lose of a job, the worry of your wayward child, wanting more money, wanting more or better love…?
If our life is just a mist, I think it would be prudent of us to take down those idols and return to the God who gives us breath. To rest in His goodness and trust in His love.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; IN HIM my heart TRUSTS, and I AM HELPED. Psalm 28:7 *Theme verse of 2020