Because if I don’t...

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Matthew 6:30clothes_the_grass_of_the_fields

Because if I don’t...

That’s my fear in a nutshell.
And that’s my sin.

If I prepare...
If I’m nice...
If I do the right things...

Then what???

Nothing will go wrong?
Everyone will be happy?
All the world will fall into place?

Because if I don’t...

I’ll be caught off-guard.
All my friends will disappear.
My life will be miserable.

Um, something missing?

God.

My main problem isn’t my laziness or grouchiness or selfishness
(although those are indeed problems).

It’s my faithlessness. Unbelief.

Maybe not in the majors. But definitely in the minors.
Those count too (Matthew 6:31-32).

Father,
Because if I don’t...live efficiently scheduled,
    you give me a great future anyway (Jeremiah 29:11).
Because if I don’t...always play nice,
    you love me anyway (1 John 4:10).
Because if I don’t...live totally righteous,
    you cover me with Jesus’ righteousness anyway (2 Corinthians 5:21).
I believe; help my unbelief (Mark 9:24).

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Do you also struggle with totally depending on God?

12 comments:

Sandy@Jesus and Dark Choc said...

So good Lisa....yes I get that way too. It's a lack of faith and that nagging "what if" that bogs my mind down sometimes. Yes Lord help our unbelief. thanks for posting, it's always refreshing to visit your blog Lisa!! Have a good day!!!!
Sandy

Stephani said...

I seem to be more and more aware of my wretchedness. This in itself is not bad, this leads be to recognize the signficance of my need for a savior and what Jesus did for me, but my realization of God's love for me doesn't seem to be growing at the same pace! This is a good reminder for me today to relax in him and is great love for me. Have a great weekend Lisa!

Julie said...

Yes!!!! ...and it comes up and slaps me in the face afterwards...asking my very soul..."Exactly what kind of a picture of your precious Savior and your Loving Abba ARE YOU DEPICTING here, Julie???????? Conditional LOVE???????????
sigh...What must HE think of me? I think the same sinking feeling I would have if one of my kids came up and said - "You mean you still love me and accept me after I did that?????" Oh my goodness my heart would break...as if to think that they would wonder if I could stop loving them based upon something they did, when my heart is so tied up to their heart...God forbid. And may I learn to quit doing the same to my Loving Heavenly Father who proved it all when He sent His son to Calvary...Hugs to you Lisa...yes...we all struggle!!!

Jeri@GodsDreamsForMe said...

So completely freeing. Thank you for refreshing me, Lisa :D

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

My mind starting running my list when I read "Because if I don’t...". The world doesn't stop spinning "if I don't {fill in the blank}". Thank goodness! Oh I needed this reminder today.

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Oh girl ... This hit me right between the eyes today. In a good way. In a I-really-needed-to-read-this-today way.

Thank you.

Anna said...

So encouraging for me today, thank you.

Barbara H. said...

It's so easy to fall one way or the other off balance. We need to be reminded that God's love for us isn't based on our performance. Though there are things He wants us to do in obedience and faith, He loves us no matter what and anything accomplished is His grace through us and not our plans or works or whatever.

Courtney said...

Love how you framed this. Unbelief is a control issue for me - letting go is hard. Belief requires it though; trust and belief go hand in hand.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

I absolutely struggle with the same issue...not enough faith, not enough belief. Thank you for this post that probably many of us can and need to relate to!

Katie said...

I struggle... daily and say help me in my unbelief with the little things also.

Thank you!

Bonnie Gray said...

Oh, Lisa, you are sneaky. :) First you take us down.. and then lift us right up! LOL.

My heart was filled with joy at the last drop of this brew. Thank you!

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