In trying to find the answers to life’s purpose and where God fit into my life, I had to learn a great truth: “Keep it simple”.
When beginning my search for a deeper more initmate walk with God, it seemed to be paved with so many obstacles. Filled with things I could not accomplish or overcome. It was at the very moment that I believed I had my footing and was grounded in deep that I would no sooner slip or fall. It was just all so complicated. I wanted a deep closeness with God that gives us the ability to be at peace in every chaotic and heart palpitating circumstance.
After much tireless effort and many disappointments I just gave up. I knew the scriptures and God’s promised salvation. Yet it was all just a big mystery that I’d start to believe could never be attained in this life.
Then it happened… that great “aha moment”. I suddenly knew that there was more to this life right here and now. I could have the closeness to God that I craved and that I could have it NOW! Had He not promised to give us life and that more abundant? Didn’t He promise to give exceedingly above all that we could ask, expect or hope? I needed understanding… I needed the peace that surpassed my own understanding. In this moment of clarity I knew undoubtedly that God COULD NOT break His promises; because He can not lie. AHA! A very simple truth.
The first thing I was to actually DO was Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” In applying this Truth to my life I found the errors in my past failures. Everything I did was driven by my own human efforts. AHA!
All believers agree that Jesus died for us and paid the wages for our sins and we are grateful. Often after we realize it, we go off with heartfelt gratefulness slipping and falling on our faces. (Well at least I did).
The “aha moment” for me in this instance was not only had He paid the price of my many transgressions against God; but He had paid the price for me. I am not my own. I belong to Him. I was bought at a price and therefore I must honor God not only in mind and deeds but to surrender to Him my entire physical being as well. Even my body belongs to Him. (1 Corinthians 6:20). I was a slave to the rhythym of man’s understanding of God. Thereby I attempted to live by a faith fueled only in human striving. Once understood that it was not mine to do because ownership of “ME” had been revoked. I had surrendered all titles to myself to God in Christ. (1 Corinthians 7:23) AHA!
God gave me this simple understanding. “It is like you have sold your vehicle and surrendered the deed and title; but you came back in the dark of night to illegally repossess it and use it.” In His light it was put to me just this simply.
How could I possibly drive it effortlessly? Afterall when He’d taken possession of it He restored the tarnished finish, renewed everything under the hood with perfect parts and the right upgrades. Even the old user’s manual was made obsolete. It could no longer be operated properly by the previous owner.
Aha! Not complicated at all. When God is in total control:
1.) He is at the helm of our life and the center of our being;
2.) We are fueled by the Spirit of God.
3.) A deep intimate bond is established with Him
Now I’ve found the ability to be at peace in every chaotic and heart palpitating circumstance. In the very eye of every storm we can be at peace and rest with Him in the stern of the boat. He is the Master of the elements; the One who cries out, “Peace! Be still!” and it is done.
Keep it simple… AHA! Let go and let God!