Cease Striving

March 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I was upset. Things were committed for a certain date but the process was taking forever. One party kept asking for more & more & more. It seemed as if they were being uniquely picky about our business. Thoughts and ideas came into my mind that had long passed the "whatever is good, whatever is right and whatever is honorable" verse of the scriptures. I wanted to rip someone for making us jump through more hoops just to get what should have been an easy task done. The long ordeal was taking it's toll on both of us and I didn't like what it was doing to our marriage.

Just when I was about to make a call to complain and report the situation... I decided to go to God's word again before taking any action. Here's what was in my morning's devotional:


Cease Striving

Matthew 11:28-30

We have all experienced temptations, trials, and suffering at some point in our lives. Even as Christians—and sometimes specifically because we are Christians—we must endure pain, whether through loss, bankruptcy, unemployment, or a broken relationship. While no one is immune to hard times, believers are empowered through the Holy Spirit to endure periods of struggle. Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” The King James Version uses the expression “be still,” indicating that our best response to disappointment is to trust in the heavenly Father.

How humbling it is to know that as God’s children, we have a direct line of communication to our Father, even in the midst of trouble. We don’t have to respond like the world, out of a heart filled with anger, depression, or revenge. Nor do we have to fix everything in our own strength. Sure, we will still be tempted by the flesh. But as we “cease striving,” we’ll learn to trust in God more and more each day.

The truth is, hardship not only forms our character but also reveals it. One common response to difficult times is anger. In moments of frustration, we run the risk of making impulsive decisions that could impact the rest of our life. But instead of getting caught up in the emotion, we should wisely be still and trust in the One who can work everything for our good (Rom. 8:28).

In this world, troubles won’t vanish (John 16:33). But when storms are brewing on the horizon, buckle up and trust God to guide you through. Only in Him can you truly cease striving. -- InTouch Ministries (www.intouch.org)


It is at times like these when I know God has a heart full of love for me because He took the time to show me that if I would just trust in Him, I would be able to see & hear him speak his will.

I don't know what the outcome of this situation will be in detailed steps but I do know that whatever happens, Romans 8:28 will still be true, which means Crystal & I will be just fine because it's in God's will that we have what is best from him and that it comes in his timing.

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twh

 


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