If we insist on being comfortable, never stepping out into the dark of faith, we will miss experiencing the adventures God plans for us. I am launching into Bible college soon—a completely new jaunt for me. But I know God has led me there as my next step, and if I dawdle amongst the luxuries of home instead, I will forfeit the luxuries of flight into the will of God.
No area of life is exempt from the necessity of trust in God.
Proverbs 3:6 “In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Every square inch can be given to the Lord’s capable hands, believing He is faithful to guide our insignificant matters just as carefully as our urgent ones.
Proverbs 6:27 “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?”
Playing with sin can harm not only you but the people that surround you and come after you. The Bible says to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. We need to recognize what tempts us and ask God to help us avoid those things or places or people.
God’s Word is full of paradoxes—or at least, what appear to be paradoxes to our human reasoning. We must come to God broken if we desire to be healed. We must lose our lives to save them. We must offer the other cheek to him who smites us. We must decrease if He is to increase in us. We must come to Him empty if we desire to be used. This decreasing and emptying is a life-long process of Christ being formed in us to God’s glory.
O! how often this has been the case with me! When I fill my mind with other food than that which the Lord provides, my appetite is spoiled—like a child who has eaten cookies just before dinner. My fervor lags; I find myself having to read the same passage twice to retain any knowledge of what it said. Words fly by like chaff on the wind, instead of being reaped like precious jewels from rich earth.
We need to be salt in this world—Jesus gave us that mission. But salt isn’t quite as welcome to the human palate as sugar, and we can’t expect people to react to us as if we were the sweeter seasoning. Salt stings in an open wound even while it helps prevent infection. Certain people will appreciate the help and accept the sting; others will do as the Pharisees and Patriarchs did and persecute the salt-bearer. That doesn’t mean we should abandon salty Christianity.
This may seem at first to contradict a previous quote, but it doesn’t. Wherever you are, give yourself to that state if you know it is what God has for you. If you are in high school, don’t pine for kindergarten or college. Be all there, doing your best to glorify God and help others with the situation you are in. Are you single? Be all there. Are you married? Be all there. Got a job? Do it with all your might till God says to do something else. Use the opportunities of the present instead of grumbling about the past or manipulating the future.