Fix Our Lives with God
Why does it seem hard to put life together?
Imagine getting an elaborate piece of equipment. There’s no instructions, and there seems to be 1000 pieces! You get frustrated after a few tries and then say, “Forget it!” If you’re industrious, you may furl your brow and keep at, and maybe create something, but inevitably, there are imperfections which compromise (and may even later break) what was purchased!
10 He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him].
–John 1:10 AMPC
God made us. He is the instruction book as is His Word. When we try to “do” or create “life” apart from Him, it can be a disaster: at best, a compromised version of what He originally intended.
13 For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will confess and praise You for You are fearful and wonderful and for the awful wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works, and that my inner self knows right well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret [and] intricately and curiously wrought [as if embroidered with various colors] in the depths of the earth [a region of darkness and mystery].
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days [of my life] were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them.
–Psalm 139:13-16 AMPC
11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
–Jeremiah 29:11 AMPC
10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].
–Ephesians 2:10 AMPC
If we’re not living the “good life,” then perhaps we’re living without our instruction book. How can we tell?
- Does God guide our decision-making?
- Are we willing to bend our will to reflect His?
- Are we submitted to God? Do we “hear” His voice and adjust or respond accordingly?
These are just a few intangible things in addition to simply following God’s Word. Remember, a relationship with God is simply that…a relationship. It requires dialogue, and the only way we can do that effectively is to give up sin (what we know in our lives is contrary to God), live pure (Matthew 5:8), and do what He commands (1 John 2:4-6). If we’re not willing to listen (do the hard stuff), then we shouldn’t expect to hear anything.
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
–James 1:5-8 NLT