Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe. -Proverbs 28:26 (NIV)
At the time of this writing, over two years into my new walk with Christ, I still often fall into the trap of reacting to circumstances reflexively in the flesh. My mind still quickly processes all the data it can to figure out a solution to make things better, and sometimes I’m hasty and act to fix things. Or maybe it’s hanging onto something too tightly. And more often than not, things don’t go well as a result.
When I slow down and let the Holy Spirit speak to my heart, I can clearly hear that I need to wait for God’s direction, and to let go of what I’m really trying to do: control the situation. In truth, control is an illusion the world tells us we exert, but God is the One in control!
Do you fall into the same trap in your walk? I can imagine that it’s one of those lifelong battles of the flesh that we get better at with age…assuming we let the Lord work in us, rather than obstinately pushing back with pride, trying to be an immovable object.
No matter what it is…whether it’s a material thing, a situation, or even a gift God has given you…don’t cling too tightly. We can trust in, and know that, God’s plans for us are so good, as His Word promises. So no matter what comes and goes in our lives, we can be assured that His plans for us are good, to prosper us and not to harm us.
Dr. Charles Stanley, of In Touch Ministries, says in his Life Principle 19: Anything you hold too tightly, you will lose.
If anything, I’ve learned that God wants us to be nimble and fluid when it comes to things of this world. What we hold fast to, however, is the unshakable kingdom for which we’re headed. There is no greater security or assurance!