Rely Upon The Lord

Praise at sunsetThere are all sorts of activities seeking my attention every day. I can’t possibly avoid them all. I do think I can keep a proper perspective on all these shiny new objects clamoring for me to take a look. My attention is an important part of who I am. Who or What do I give attention too? I have 24 hours in the day and part of that I’m sleeping. I have to choose what to do with the hours of my day. I have the kind of job that can require a lot of intensity in short bursts and then it seems to slow down. I’ve learned the value of a steady investment into my business each day, even with the bursts of busyness.

I was reminded this morning that who I am and all that I do is really dependent upon the Lord. He is the Giver. He is the Comforter. He is the Prince of Peace. He is the Savior to the world. I must revisit my perspective of relying on Him very often. Check this out…

We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. 10 And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. 11 And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety. (2 Corinthians 1:8b-11 NLT)

I’ve tried things my own way and failed miserably. I have ignored His prompting and His direction for my life and had loads of regret. I believe that I need reminded often that relying upon Him is the most profound act of obedience for me. I can do nothing without Him. I used to think I could do nothing of “significance” without Him. I came to the conclusion after several attempts, on my own, that I can really do NOTHING without Him. I want my life to be in harmony with His Spirit inside me. I want the choices I face and the decisions I make to be wholly dependent upon Him. I depend confidently upon Him for each detail of my life. I rely on Him to help me be the best husband I can be. I rely on Him to help me be the best Dad I can be. I rely on Him to help me be the best friend I can be. I rely on Him to help me be the best REALTOR I can be. It’s not super complicated, in fact, it’s simple. I didn’t say it was easy, just simple. I’m leaning today into the two simple verses from Proverbs that speak to relying and trust upon the Lord. Check this out…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT)

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Simple

businessman making decisionJust because something is simple does not mean it’s easy. If something is easily understood or done, we would call it simple. Sometimes the simple requires courage and deep strength. It takes courage and strength to stand up for Who you believe in and what you believe. It is simple though. It seems simple enough. I could be ask some simple questions but they wouldn’t be easy to answer. For example:

  1. What is your greatest weakness?
  2. If you could live your life all over again, what one thing would you change?
  3. What do you want to be doing in 10 years from today?
  4. Who or what are the top 3 priorities in your life?
  5. What is your greatest strength?

These questions are fairly simple, but require some thought. I really believe that the Christian life is simple – just not easy. Jeremiah writes a simple formula that the Lord gave him for living out my faith. Check this out….

16 This is what the Lord says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look;

    ask for the ancient paths,

ask where the good way is, and walk in it,

    and you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16A)

 

I believe that every day I have options and choices – the good way is always an option. I don’t always choose the good way. When I chose another way other than the good way, there are consequences and it becomes difficult to get back to the good way.

I also noted that to find the good way, sometimes I have to ask for direction. I have a GPS (the Word) but it still is healthy to ask where the good way is. This is really simple, but not easy to live out.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Too Difficult

Businessman seek the solutionThere are times when I come upon a task that is simply too difficult. I remember climbing a rock wall for the first time and it required a lot of upper body strength and I gave out before reaching the top. I was so frustrated because I can’t stand to fail. I can’t stand to have something I set out to do fall on its face. I have since learned my limitations. The older I get the clearer those get.  It blessed me to hear the word of the Lord in Zechariah, that nothing is too difficult for the Lord. Check this out….

2 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “I have a very strong love for Jerusalem. My strong love for her is like a fire burning in me.”
3 This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Jerusalem and live in it. Then it will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of the Lord All-Powerful will be called the Holy Mountain.
4 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “Old men and old women will again sit along Jerusalem’s streets, each carrying a cane because of age. 5 And the streets will be filled with boys and girls playing.”
6 This is what the Lord All-Powerful says: “Those who are left alive then may think it is too difficult to happen, but it is not too difficult for me,” says the Lord All-Powerful. (Zechariah 8:2-6 NCV)

The people of Judah & Israel had been scattered to many nations due to their punishment for living such decadent lives and frustrating God Who gave them their city. He even dwelt among them.  He promised punishment for bad behavior and then promptly delivered.  Then restoration came on the horizon from the Lord. He noted that while it looks too difficult or impossible; NOTHING IS TOO DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD!

When my world goes sideways and becomes unstable – He is the Rock I hold on to. The Lord is never worried. He is never concerned. He can do anything at anytime. He is the Truth. He is the Way to LIFE. He is LIFE! I will put my hope and trust in God and NOT in my ability, talent or work ethic. All those characteristics are important, but they don’t get anywhere near the significance of trusting God with the minute details of my life as well as the biggest of decisions I face.

 Nothing is too difficult for the Lord!   – NOTHING!

Pressing On!
Dwayne