Sometimes, it’s best to give up. After you give up, give it over to God.
“Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5
Over the last few weeks I’ve had one complication and delay after the other putting together the third book, A Wavering Hope, in my Living Sacrifices series. My goal was to have it published before November 13. I’ve been asked to deliver the primary talk at the annual Author showcase in the public library.
Daily interruptions, unexpected meetings, and out-of-town trips prevented it from coming together. I’d done everything possible to make it happen, but it wasn’t happening. Last week I gave up trying to get it completed by the date of the presentation.
After I gave up, I gave the book over to the Lord who loves us so much. If we surrender all areas of our lives to Him, His control over them brings about far better results than we could ever manage under our own strength.
Then yesterday God orchestrated the formatting, proofing, and cover to all come together. It wasn’t a miracle like walking on water but a great blessing.
I’ve prayed and surrendered it to the Lord. It’s in His hands whether it arrives for the presentation or not. I’m at peace trusting Him no matter what happens.
Give up doing it in your own strength. Then give it over to the Lord. You will be amazed and happy with His results.
“Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb.” Isaiah 44:2A
When I returned from one of my long stretches in Africa to complete the last year of my masters, I paid cash to rent an apartment. Then I went to the utilities office and gave the information to turn on the lights and water.
The clerk ran several computer searches. Then she turned to me. ”You don’t exist. There is no record of you anywhere. No accounts of ever renting, paying utilities, buying a car, and no credit cards.”
In God’s sight, no one is invisible. The Lord God formed each human and shaped us right from our mother’s womb. We are precious.
If you ever feel ignored or invisible by family and friends, remember that God fashioned you from one tiny cell. He put you together in a marvelous way. You are distinctive, one of a kind with your own combination of traits, a unique DNA, and set of fingerprints.
Praise the Lord.
You are so valuable in His sight that He sent His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to die as a Sacrifice for your sins.
Praise the Lord.
“But grow in grace in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Peter 3:18)
When we repent of our sins and accept Christ into our hearts as Savior and Lord, His grace is planted and starts growing in us. His grace should bring about the highest level of unmerited favor and kindness in us for others. This grace should flow out of us, loving, accepting, forgiving, encouraging and supporting those around us in the world.
It doesn’t always happen like this because our old sinful nature and flesh get in the way. Bitterness and meanness can sometimes come out. Then, too, the devil might tempt us to be hateful or snap at someone.
When this happens, we apologize, but are we truly sorry for what we’ve done? If it is something we’ve fallen into the habit of doing or something that we haven’t been able to overcome in our life, maybe we should confess out loud to the person that we are praying to God to help us not to do that again.
The British evangelist Henry Varley said. “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.”
Live through me Lord, so the world sees your love and grace.