Why does it seem harder and harder?
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. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:5-7
Well I have been home from Keswick for a week after visiting for 3 days during the Young at Heart Conference. For the past few months the LORD has been challenging me with trusting Him with all of my heart. I must admit that the longer I walk with the LORD the more challenging this has become. I have been a blessed man for the past 27 years after coming to know the LORD and for years have felt his leading in my life.
Well an opportunity presented itself to me a few months ago that I got pretty excited about. I was trying my hardest to get all the things that needed to be lined up, lined up but I kept on running into a brick wall. Have you ever been there? Every time I would think of something to do, it seemed like the door was shutting on the opportunity. The more I pushed the more I got frustrated.
One of the things that I noticed during this time was that the frustration that I was feeling was with the LORD. The more I spoke to Ellen about the situation, the more frustrated she seemed to get as well. It took me approximately 4 weeks to figure out that I was not trusting the LORD with all of my heart and that I was leaning on a past track record in how God worked in our lives. It took some frustration on my part but I am truly glad that I have friends and a wife who know me well enough to speak the truth to me.
So, how about you? Are you trying to make God’s will fit into your will? Are you running your life according to your own understanding of things? Well, the good news is, that God allows us to do that for a while and then He speaks truth to us. What are your friends and family saying to you? How about the LORD? Doug Barger is the Director of Men’s Ministries at Bethesda Mission outside of Harrisburg, PA. We welcome Doug to the Freedom Fighter writing team. Doug served at the Colony of Mercy for a number of years and has a huge heart for men in addiction.
Think About This: The Holy Spirit leads the man’s spirit, not [merely] the man’s mind. Guidance is not discovered in relation to the problem, but guidance is discovered in relation to Jesus Christ… We want to stand up for ourselves and have our own way; but it is the MEEK whom God guides in judgment [Psalm 25:8,9]. The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart… If a man in his heart is right with God, God will deal with the problem. We often start the question of guidance at the wrong end. We are TRYING all the time; we are worrying our way through; we are panicky. What shall we do next? What is the next step in life? We are concerned about our mind. God is concerned about our spirit – the humble. the Contrite, and the brokenhearted – that man God will always guide. Alan Redpath
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: God is our refuge and strength, a very presenthelp in trouble.Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.