“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39
There is a growing trend to couple Christianity with something else – palm readings, horoscopes, crystals, or tarot cards (to name a few). These activities seem harmless, but they are anything but that. Calling on or trusting in something other than God for hope and guidance is idolatry. Playful dabbling and casual reading can develop into a habit that you end up falling back on when life gets hard. Though you never intend to in the beginning, these small uses of your time can push God out.
Wanting answers to your questions when life is not easy is normal. It’s hard to wait on God, for Him to work everything out or explain why circumstances are the way they are in your life. These times of struggling however, are the exact conditions God uses to mold you into who He wants you to be. These difficulties are often answers to your prayers to be more loving and patient, though the process is not what you had imagined.
I think of Anna the prophetess from the New Testament when I think about people who waited on God. After her husband died, she spent her entire life in the church worshipping God. Day after day and year after year, she worshipped. I would imagine she never missed a day – rain or shine. Imagine… after all of those years, alone, but with God, she stayed committed and continued to praise Him in His house. I wonder if she ever questioned what she was doing or if she had given too great a sacrifice. Then one day! One day, she saw Him – baby Jesus – and she knew just what to do: Praise God!!! She praised the arrival of God’s son probably with the same hymns, the same paths through the temple, the same Bible verses, and the same old dress she probably wore a lot throughout those many years. Finally, it all made sense. Her habits and her routine glorified God and when she got to experience Jesus in the flesh, those automatic behaviors kicked in. What a sweet lesson in being faithful in the small things to be trusted with more important things in the future.
In my life, I am experiencing this same lesson. My husband and I had two miscarriages. I can remember sitting at the hospital asking God “Why?” and just not understanding it. I was so heartbroken. Fast forward four years. Just this week, our foster baby was transferred to this exact hospital! When I drive into the parking lot to visit her, I drive by the exact spot where I sat so sad a few years back. It is such a blessing that my loss did not stop on that day. Today, my husband and I are being used by God to love on this beautiful child that has already been through a lifetime of physical and emotional trauma.
Learning to trust God, and only God, is our job and a great honor that we should take very seriously. There is no need for anything or anyone else because He is more than enough. 😊