Leave It There!

34In 1855 Joseph Scriven wrote these words:

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!

Most of us are pretty good at the concept of “take it to the Lord in prayer.” But how often do we yank whatever “it” is right back from him as soon as the going gets tough, or as soon as some problem is solved, causing us to think we can handle things on our own?

God’s yoke will be easy and his burden light only if we are relying on him. Does this make us into some sort of worthless puppets? No, surrender simply makes us into his servants. It’s not our job to be in charge, nor is it our responsibility to fret over our worthiness, our safety or the success of our efforts. The Master knows what he wants, and he knows how to go about accomplishing his will. Our job is that of compliance, regardless of how much (or how little) of the plan he may choose to reveal to us.

You’ve heard the joke before, haven’t you?
If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans!

What looks slow to us may be perfect according to his schedule. What looks like failure to us, may instead be a glorious success according to his purpose. I have a favorite sweater. It doesn’t look like much when it’s turned inside out, but if I look at it when I turn it back the way it belongs, it’s beautiful. God sees the whole plan, the “right” side of the fabric.

Why let pride or worry or discouragement overtake us, when we can live in the humble confidence of, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Yes, Christ gives us strength. He wants to take the lead, each and every day. May we take everything to the Lord in prayer and leave it there!

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