2 Days ’til Christmas

23 Dec

I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.Daniel 7:13,14

We’ve discussed often how our worries are a sign of our distrust of God and how as we move from distrust to trust in different areas of our lives the worries melt away.  This is not a condemning thought, but it should make us take a good look at our struggles with worry to identify where we are trusting other sources over God.  This is a fluid issue in our lives.

True confessions time.  It’s always been easy for me to trust God with money.  When I was a new Christian, God showed me a few examples of his provision and I’ve been able to rest in that area until recently.  My monthly medicine bills are quite large–even here in a 3rd world country where the meds are quite a bit cheaper than in the states–but we have great insurance through my job.  You’re probably thinking, well of course it’s easy for you to trust God for money.  The point is that to go back to the states I’d need to trust God for all that, and the enemy keeps whispering to me that it will never work:  You’ll NEVER live near your grandchildren because there are no jobs in Florida and even if you got jobs your pre-existing conditions probably wouldn’t be covered and even if they were the deductible would be too much . . .”  You get the idea.  I’m having trouble trusting God as my provider.

I’m reading a great book called Running Scared by Edward T. Welch and he had an eye-opening thought for me about faith:

In the kingdom of God, the King has made extravagant promises to us–promises of protection, liberation, and peace.  We respond with our allegiance, which we typically call faith or trust.  The essence of faith is not that we trust without evidence but that we choose sides:  In whom do we trust?  Our allegiance to the kingdom of God is nurtured by the very words of God, especially as they are spoken by King Jesus, and it is demonstrated in our obedience.  And since God’s laws are a systematic expression of his character, we become more like the King when we keep his laws.

Jesus.  King of Kings.  Lord of Lords.

Selah.  Stop and think about that.

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