It’s Ok To Let it Go
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the dayisthe evil thereof.” Matthew 6:25-34
Everyday does not have to be extraordinary to be pleasing to God. In fact, all nature though incomprehensibly and amazingly created is in its existence fairly predictable, constant and uneventfully reoccurring in a timeless cycle of ebb and flow, high tide and low tide, day and night, sunrise to sunset without much change month after month, year after year. GOD created that way and the order and regularity of it all pleases Him.
So it is with all humankind. We know from numerous studies of human behavior that regular patterns of sleep, rest, recreation are essential to our overall health and wellbeing. Having a predictable and steady rhythm to our days is one the most healthy things we can do for ourselves.
Yet, most of us live not in gratitude for a balanced routine of life, but we’re constantly reaching for the next high the next “big” thing, the next event to tingle our senses and make us feel a rush of excitement. Most of us enjoy the unexpected surprises that come with good news and joy, but if we live everyday looking for those we will be disappointed most of the time.
Now, there is nothing wrong with having or doing things that add zest to life, but, when we seek them with more passion and zeal than we devote to thanking God for the rhythm of the natural order of things we, by implication, buy into the same lie of the enemy from the beginning that God is somehow holding out on us and we have to “go for the gusto” and seek the thrills we can have now because there is no tomorrow.
One of the benefits of the Lenten season is that it calls us to a time of stepping back from the pursuit of more stuff, the race for the higher thrill, and redirects our focus from this world and all its demands on our time and energies to quietly, deliberately and earnestly seek the Lord, to listen for His voice, to examine our priorities and put right the things that have gone awry or have been neglected while we anxiously pursued things that can never truly satisfy.
It’s a time to reflect on the life of Jesus, His teaching, His living, His works, the miracles, signs and wonders He did, His suffering, His death, His burial, His resurrection and His ascension.
It is a time to express our gratitude to God the Father and Our Lord Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. It is a good time through fasting and prayer to make room for a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives not just as individuals, but also as the whole Body of Christ, the Church everywhere.
Let’s therefore, earnestly seek the Lord for both the will to and to turn aside from the distractions of this world for the remaining days of this season of Lent to dedicate a portion of our day just to commune with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let these days bring us to a new and living way of surrender to the Word of God, to a heart more yielded to the Holy Spirit, to life and that more abundantly in Jesus Christ our Lord. [Read again Isaiah 58]