In my morning study time, it began with a question:
When you come to the Lord Jesus to seek His will for your life, which of the following requests more closely resembles the way you generally ask?
1) Lord, what do You want me to do? When do You want me to do it? How shall I do it? Where shall I do it? Whom do You want me to involve along the way? What will the outcome be?
2) Lord, as You go with me, tell me what to do one step at a time, and I will do it.
I usually opt for option #1. I like to know what I am doing, why I am doing it, and what the outcome will be. I want a detailed road map to go along the journey. That way I can see the destination and all of the stops along the way. But that isn’t how God operates is it? He wants us to trust Him daily. He doesn’t want us concerned even for tomorrow as I was reminded today while reading Matthew 6:33-34. Abram was asked to walk by faith and not by sight, in Genesis 12:1-5.
As I have been praying this morning, I have also been asking Him to help me to trust Him one day at a time. God is worthy of all praise (Psalm 145:3), He is certainly worthy of my trust. So my prayer this morning is this: “Lord, as You go with me, tell me what to do, one step at a time, and I will do it.”
This requires faith and obedience.
In my morning devotional, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about simple obedience:
“When Jesus demanded the voluntary poverty of the rich young man, the man knew there were only two choices – obey or not obey. When Levi was called from tax collecting, and Peter from his nets, there was no doubt that Jesus was serious about His call to leave everything and follow Him. In all of this, only one thing was demanded: to reply on the word of Jesus Christ and accept the word as a more secure foundation than all of the securities of the world. It was a call to simple obedience.”
If I was having any doubts about what I felt the Lord was wanting to show me, those were tossed aside as I began my daily reading plan in the Book of Job. In the book, the man Job had lost everything he had, through no fault of his own. As tragic as it were, his response is something that we should all take notice of.
“Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped.” – Job 1:20
Everything he owned and every one he cared about – gone. In his grief he worshiped. My wife said that his grief and heartbreak was a solid picture of our worship before God.
”I’m learning that crying out to God in pain and suffering, begging Him to help me with my next breath because I can’t take it without Him – is an act of worship.” – Camillia Madden
As he struggled to understand what was happening to him, it became clear that he was not meant to know the reasons why. He would have to face life with no answers or explanations.
We must experience life as Job did – one day at a time, one step at a time, and without complete answers to all of life’s questions. Will we choose obedience? Will we worship Him regardless of the circumstances? Today, I am left pondering this question:
Will I, like Job trust God, no matter what?