Monday, October 28, 2013

Let Go of YOUR Knives!

Have you ever been promised an easy life?  I know I haven’t!  We live in a sin filled world.  It doesn’t matter if you’re Christian, Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, , you name it.  It doesn't matter if you are following Christ in every part of your life.  Don't let any Christian fool you into thinking that once you "believe" you will never struggle.  We ALL struggle.  EVERYDAY!

I know when I became a Christian I had hopes that all of my life struggles would just fall away from me.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for me and I can almost bet it wasn’t the case for you.  It seems whenever I try to grow in my faith, I feel more pain.  I never understood why until today.
I went for a walk and decided that on my walks I would listen to sermons that tailored to what I was struggling with in my life.  Let me tell ya, my list of sermons is a mile long!  I’ll share those with you another day.  NeedIess to say, I struggle with a lot.  My life is crazy busy, as I’m sure yours is, and so I decided to make my walks my time with the Lord.  During my walk today, the topic was on being a daughter of God.  I’ve never understood that, AT ALL.  Even after my walk, I still don’t understand how to be a daughter of someone I can’t “see”.  That will come in due time though.  I hope.
There was something in the sermon that I could understand though.  It was an analogy that I could relate to my life.

How many times are you struck with FEAR, DISAPPOINTMENT, REJECTION, LONLINESS, HURT, the list could go on and on and on.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m not the only one who has thought:

“If God can do anything, then why can’t he just take this away from me?”

I can’t tell you how many times in my life, I have begged him to just yank stuff out of my life.  Depression, of which I struggle with daily, pain, failure, past hurts, etc…..  But he just WON’T!   I hear, “Oh you have to pray about it and give it to God.”  Well…..I thought I have been doing that!  Turns out I hadn’t. 

Think of it this way.  Imagine yourself standing in the kitchen with little ones under foot “trying” to help out whether it is by cooking or cleaning.   Every home in America owns knives and we all try to teach our children the dangers of them and how to use and care for them.  What would happen if your child took the knife by the blade to hold it with a firm grip?  How would you react??
Would you yank that knife out of their hand?  Of course not!!  Why?  Because it would cause them pain!

You would gently persuade them to give you the knife, willingly.

That is the key word….willingly.

It’s the same with God.  He isn’t just going to yank things from us because he knows it will cause us pain!  He knows taking things from us when we are not ready to give will make us frustrated when we don’t understand why and cause us pain.  We must have a heart willing to give to him when we are ready.  Only then will it not cause us pain. 

One of the MANY things I struggle with is self-centeredness.  I want God to take that negative trait away from me SO BAD!  But he hasn’t because I have been unwilling to give it to him fully.  Can I tell you that I released that to him today?  I wish I could say yes.  I’m still trying to release my grip on why I think that is good for me when I know it’s not what he intended.  When I am ready to release my grip on all of those things, God will take them away from me.

God never wants to be a source of our pain.  All of the pain we feel in this earthly world are put upon ourselves because we are not letting him take those knives from our hands. What knives do you have a firm grip on?? Today, I pray that you lessen your grip on those things that are causing you pain in your life.  I pray that this moves your heart and you get it.  I pray that you listen to his loving words as he tells you that you are holding on to things that cause you pain.  He isn’t going to yank those sharps edges from your hands…you have to willingly give it to him.