What I write about in this blog is founded on the belief that God, as described in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, created the world we live in. Therefore it is reasonable to look to him for guidance. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to, “trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” Jesus tells us (see Matthew 6:25-34) not to worry about what we will eat, or drink ,or wear, but to focus on the kingdom that God is building, and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to us.
In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13: 1-23) Jesus warns us about focusing on the cares of this world. He explains to his disciples that the seed sown among the thorns is about the cares of this world. He says, “But the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it (the message of the kingdom) making it unfruitful.” The worries of this life keep us distracted from the direction God would have us go. We are then unfruitful.
I believe with all my heart that these scriptures are exactly how I should conduct my life. Yet, this is not easy. Every aspect of our American culture wars against what these scriptures teach. I’m supposed to be proactive and make it happen. I’m supposed to seek wealth. You’re still doing that job? Can’t you find anything better? “Well the Lord wants me here” I respond sheepishly.
Friends and fellow Christian aren’t much help either. When asked, “What are you going to do about this?” My answer, “I haven’t heard from the Lord yet, but I’m trusting that he will direct me in this,” gets some interesting reactions. They are often speechless, at least to my face. Would Christians talk behind my back? “Aren’t you worried about that? “ I am asked. “No, Jesus said don’t worry.” That answer is definitely a conversation stopper. So, there are cultural and peer pressures, but the greatest pressure comes from within.
Guilt is a big one. “I should be doing something about this.” I’m now seeing the cartoon with the black devil on one shoulder and the white angel on the other. The devil is pumping guilty thoughts in one ear and the angel is reminding me of scripture. I know what the scriptures say, but…… That “but” is always troubling. Did the Lord already tell me, but I missed it? God helps those who help themselves. I know that this is not in the scriptures. My flesh is always warring against my spirit. Now that is in the scriptures.
Trusting in the Lord to take care of things is not easy, but He has shown me over a life time that his word is true. He is my provision, and he does guide my path.