A couple of days ago I was doing my bible study and ran into the passage below. The passage comes from Psalm 33 and I couldn’t help but think that if it resonated with me, then others would probably relate, especially other men. I’m not excluding you ladies, it’s just that I’m a man and would never claim to understand how a woman thinks/feels. That’s a blog entry for another day…actually, I just think I’ll leave that one alone. Ok, back to the topic at hand.
Most of us men desire to be strong and come through, whether it be a trial we’re facing or a need that needs to be met. The problem is that much of the time we rely on our own strength, skill set, ambition, effort, or you fill in the blank. I don’t know about you, but for me this usually leads to headaches, frustration, anger, falling short, and a myriad of other things. The bottom line is that on our own, we will always miss the mark. Even on those rare occasions that a situation seems to turn out pretty good, there is still something missing. I can’t help but wonder what all we must be missing out on by not inviting God into our struggle or predicament. After all, the passage does state that “He’s ready to come to our rescue”.
This leads me to a crucial question: Do you really trust Him with your heart? You’re probably saying to yourself, “well, of course I do”, but do you live that way? When you’re faced with a difficult, or possibly overwhelming, situation what is your response? Do you kick into high gear, racking your brain for a solution? Do you immediately begin to panic and worry about it? Does anger rise up in you? Or does your prayer life suddenly get better as you plead with God to fix the problem? (Sadly, I’ve done every one of these….still do at times.) I’m convinced that most of us believe that God comes through for others, but we’re not so sure if that’s true for us. When truly tested, our faith really wanes. I’m not talking about our words or our demeanor or even our actions, but down deep in that place we’d rather no one see, we wonder if He’ll show up. That’s why we work really hard to fix the issue or whine and complain about it or treat God like a genie in a bottle.
What if we walked this passage out everyday? The end of the passage says, “Love us, God, with all you’ve got – that’s what we’re depending on.” Do you know what that would look like? I’ll be honest, I don’t! To let go of stuff and simply put it in His hands and trust that it’ll all work out is scary to me. I like to be able to fix it, or at least see the path and where it leads. But what I’m learning more everyday is that the Father only shows us the part of the journey we need to see for that moment. Otherwise, it would cease to be faith wouldn’t it? So, I challenge you to jump on this crazy journey of TRULY trusting the Father (believing things you don’t see) and allowing Him to love you with all He’s got because that’s really all we need!
TJM Leadership Team
Psalm 33 (Msg)
16-17 No king succeeds with a big army alone,
no warrior wins by brute strength.
Horsepower is not the answer;
no one gets by on muscle alone.
18-19 Watch this: God’s eye is on those who respect him,
the ones who are looking for his love.
He’s ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
in lean times he keeps body and soul together.
20-22 We’re depending on God;
he’s everything we need.
What’s more, our hearts brim with joy
since we’ve taken for our own his holy name.
Love us, God, with all you’ve got—
that’s what we’re depending on.