Something I’ve always wondered about, and will never know, I suppose, is how much God directly intervenes in our lives. I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who has contemplated this. Is our success a blessing? Failure a wakeup call?
How much are we really in control? Is there a such thing as fate? If God works good through bad circumstances as part of His will, is he condoning any of the sinful actions that came before the event?
But these questions are enough to drive a person crazy. Perhaps my posts in general are a little too inquisistive.
And then, of course, the answer to every question is to trust God. But what does that really mean? Does it mean that we slack up on our efforts, hoping that God will pay the difference? Does it mean that we merely acknowledge the possibility of success or failure based on all our endeavors according to God’s perfect will? Should we leave some things up to God? My gut says yes… But these judgment calls aren’t all that easy when it comes down to it.
We are supposed to let God live through us. But again, that is a vague statement. There’s no roadmap, besides to Bible, which people have yet to find complete agreement on after centuries of interpretation. And the Bible doesn’t give step-by-step, moment by moment instructions for our particular lives.
I’m here to tell you that it’s not easy. It’s easier in the sense that we no longer have to please the world. Which is pretty hard. Climbing up socioeconomic ladders is exhausting. HIS yoke is light in comparsion. But when you’re not carrying a yoke, you’re carrying a cross. Solid wood, friends. Persecution, trials, sacrifice, it’s quite a load. At least we don’t have to go through it alone.
What should we do about all this? Why am I practicing this religion if it’s hard? Here’s what we should do:
1. Not worry about stuff. Like money, food, our job, our health, etc. Have you ever heard other people freaking out about trivial things? Is it attractive?
2. Respect and love those around us. Including ourselves.
3. Be humble.
Not an exhaustive list, but hopefully a reminder. I’ll close with that.