I'm probably going to step on some toes (especially mine) with my new post. But, I believe that it is important for us to stop and reflect about it for a minute.When we dictate to God what He should do in our lives, and how He should do it, are we really giving God free reign in our lives? I urge you to take a minute, ask yourself one question "Who Created Who"? Telling God what we want Him to do in our lives, instead of allowing to Him to do what's best for us. He created us, we didn't create Him. This thought process to me seems so foreign, and my opinion is that's why so many don't trust God. The reasons for not trusting Him could be that God didn't do or respond the way we thought He ought to. And, that is not how our Creator works. God has always wanted what is best for us. But, we must first learn to trust Him. Lot's of times it is not what we thought. Put it this way, we are dictating a letter from God, He isn't dictating one from us. He is our Creator, We are not His creator. We are His Creation (Ephesians 2:10-"For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.") We are God's workmanship (work of art, masterpiece). Our salvation is something only God can do. It is His powerful, creative work in us. If God considers us His works of art, we dare not treat ourselves or others with disrespect or as an inferior work.
A lot of times, if we were honest with ourselves. We could all say that we sometimes have a habit of only calling on God or getting close to Him when we get ourselves into a situation we can't get out of. Again, I believe this thinking is backward. God is the One who created the Universe. If you look up Acts 7:49, it says, "Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool, What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord, or what is the place of my rest?" We must remember when Jesus says we can ask anything, it must be done in His (Jesus) name-that is, according to God's character and will. God will not grant request contrary to His nature and will, and we cannot use His name as a magic formula to fulfill our selfish desires. If we are sincerely following God and seeking to do His will, then our requests will be in line with what He wants, and He will grant them.
In Colossians 3:10, it says "and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." Every Christian is in a continuing education program. The more we know Christ and His work, the more we are being changed to be like Him. Because the process is lifelong, we must never stop learning and obeying. There is no justification for drifting along, but there is an incentive to find the rich treasures of growing in Him. It takes practice, ongoing review, patience, and concentration to keep in line with His Will.
God created the world, and He has faithfully ordered it and kept it since the creation (1 Peter 4:19-"So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."). Because, we know that God is faithful, we can count on Him to fulfill His Promises to us. If God can oversee the forces of nature, surely He can see us through the trials we face. So, God is big enough to take care of every area in our life, I mean EVERY area! All we must do is surrender, first our lives to Him, then the areas we struggle in. He is faithful to help carry us through these areas. I promise He will, I've seen it time and time again.
So, I leave you with one thought. If your life is in shambles and you've tried everything in your own power to fix things and nothing happened, but instead actually getting worse. I suggest try God! He is a God that can be trusted. Remember, He created you!