How do we think of God?
Do we need to think differently about Him?
Do we need to change our understanding?
If you’re like me, the answer is YES!
I have been reminded of this over the past week.
Many of you know that one of my sons, Tim, has been preparing and is now–at this moment–enroute to Uganda for a 3 month internship. Lori and I are very proud of him, very happy for him, and very excited about how he is going to impact the people there, and how he will be changed and grow through their impact. We believe that God has been, and is now very much involved in this trip.
So, that being the case, why would I worry? Why would I get anxious? Why would I fear?
Lori knows…I am one who can fall asleep within minutes of hitting my pillow at night, but this week I’ve laid in bed thinking about ‘what could go wrong’, and wrestling with my thoughts. I’ve repeatedly been in a tug of war in my mind, praying and committing him to the Lord, and then worrying some more.
I will admit: I’ve been in tears on more than one occasion this week about Tim and his trip.
I know that God is good. I know that He is faithful. I know that He loves Tim, even more than I do.
Yet, I still have that ‘waiting for the other shoe to drop’ mindset.
This has infected my mind for years, and I’m realizing–even after decades of knowing the Lord–that it’s still there.
I need to ‘Give Him Some CREDIT’!
After all, He has promised that “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5) and “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
God has shown Himself gracious, faithful, merciful and powerful to me. He has met our needs, provided for us and shown bountiful blessings on us.
So, why would I continue to think of Him as though He is just waiting to ‘cut us down’?
As His child, I want to change the way I think of Him…I want to start thinking of Him as the Loving, Close, Generous Heavenly Father that He is!
As Jesus reminded us: “So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” (Matthew 7:11)
I need to ‘take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5), starting with my thoughts about God.
I can entrust Tim (and my wife, and my kids, and my family…church…house… job…car…money…health…you get the idea) to Him.
He is worthy of my trust…and in trusting, I will have REST!
How about You?
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:6-8)