Divine Note #55 – Aug. 15, 2010
Let God and his people help you - Proverbs 3:5-7
Proverbs 3:5-7 (The Message) Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Don't assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil.
I am convinced that many Christians live under a veil of propriety and under the illusion that they have to keep quiet about the issues that they face because they don’t want to be seen as weak. There are also people who genuinely have a fear of asking for help because they are caregivers and not care-receivers. And there are people who are so close to God that they can lift up the concerns of others, but fail to adequately tell God how much they are hurting because they may not trust him. I fall into all three of those categories, and let me tell you that it is a very lonely place to be.
I would rather listen to people tell me about their concerns and help them deal with issues. Sure I will disclose selective details of my life to my closest friends and family, but I won’t risk being 100 percent honest. If I’m like that with my friends, I can honestly tell you that I am like that with God.
God gets my attention
In my walk, I’m learning that complete disclosure to God is essential if I’m going to have an intimate relationship with him. The Lord knows exactly what I’m going through and why I’m going through it. He provided warnings and sign-posts advising me to stop and think. But Blanca doesn’t always stop and obey. Now that I am suffering the consequences, he has been lovingly guiding me through Scripture and giving me the endurance to “walk through the fire.” I feel so fortunate to be immersed in the Bible, so that I can understand when God talks to me.
I can feel his love and it gives me the peace that I need to be able to make the right decisions to help myself. It is not fun, but it is what it is and I have to be honest. The enemy would like to see me defeated because I am bold about my faith and love for Jesus Christ. I thought of staying home to wallow in self-pity, but I reached out to my spiritual mentor and she told me to get myself to church this morning. It’s humbling to walk into church in tears. But the right people surrounded me with prayer and comfort. I kneeled before the altar, and laid my burdens before the Lord.
I believe the church must empower its members to be real with each other, so we can help each other get through the storms of life. Life happens, things happen and we must deal with them in community. Perhaps someone else is dealing with the similar issues, but if we don’t open up and acknowledge that we also deal with the same issues-- then we can’t help each other.
What I have learned
I must trust God with every single part of my life. I must listen and I must obey. (Psalm 46:10a “Be still, and know that I am God!") I still want to control things in my life and ignore God’s promptings. I want to deny that I have to face issues, so issues end up being more critical than they ever have to be.
A big hurdle I have to overcome is reaching out to ask my family, friends and church to help me and pray for me. It is okay for people to know that I am not perfect. It is also critical that I don’t isolate myself because the enemy will make me feel weak, defeated and ineffective in my ministries for Jesus Christ.
So, don’t act like you are a perfect Christian because you and I are not perfect. Be real with God, yourself and with those you love. Grab on to that peace that only God can provide to help endure life’s storms. You and I can make it through the storm by staying connected to God and to his people.
Big God Hugs,
Dear Precious Jesus,
Thank you for everyday of life that you give me. Thank you for that peace that doesn’t leave me even during the biggest trials of my life. I will trust you. I will listen. I will obey you. Thank you for giving me the ability to ask for prayer and for help when I need it. I love you dear Father.