Cracking

The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. Acts 17:24-25

INSIGHT

Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to deal with our mindset by paying attention to what our mind is focused on.  This is where we get ourselves into trouble.  We don’t set our minds on anything so it is free to drift on whatever seems to deserve the most attention. When we are faced with a difficult decision or things we cannot control, we get consumed with pressure.

Sometimes this pressure comes from within. The pressure is fueled by believing two destructive myths. First, we believe we can control more than we think. We get angry and frustrated from trying to control the things we can't. Then there is the "messiah" myth that leads us to believe we contribute more than we actually do. If we don't act, no one else will. If I don't spring into action, nothing will get solved. If I don't make the right decision, then everyone is doomed to failure.

Too often when we consider faith or trust we tend to wait and see if God will do something.  Then, and only, then will we respond to the thing that He has done.  We think of faith as “observe and decide.” This is why we are often frustrated and paralyzed in our walk with God.

Why? Because He doesn’t invite us to observe and decide, but rather to taste and see. Psalm 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." It is an interesting connection.  You don’t see with your tongue and you don’t taste with your eyes.

Taste and see is an invitation to experience.  You see because you have experienced.  This is what God is drawing us towards.  This is exactly how faith is described in 2 Corinthians 5:7. We are told to "walk by faith, not by sight."

According to this verse, we are called to walk by faith, at the expense of seeing with our eyes.  When the pressure is on you, you are not going to be able to sit and observe.  You have to step out and taste - then you will see.  Faith operates in the way you perceive the world around you and sense God’s work in that world.

When we walk with Him, we find Him to be a blessing to us as we take refuge in Him.  So walk by faith -- taste and see. We need a new perspective in those moments when pressure is consuming us. When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders and all we want to do is freak out, we must taste and see that the Lord is good by casting our cares on Him.

REFLECTION

  • Where do you feel the weight of the world placed on our shoulders?
  • What pressures are you facing? How can you tell whether they are internal or external pressures?

PRAYER

God, all too often I put the weight of the world on my shoulders. But, that is not what I was meant to bear. Instead of cracking under the pressure, may I lay everything down at Your feet. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.

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