17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice." - Genesis 22:17-18
When our heart is consumed with an idol, it claims the majority of our meditation. We hold it so dearly that we think on it night and day. When something goes wrong with our idol, it becomes our trial.
Nothing should consume our hearts or our thoughts as much as Jesus Christ. If we spend the majority of our time thinking on or worrying about something else, we have placed other gods before Him.If we don't have our eyes are fixed on Him, when something happens to our children, our husbands, our financial security, our health, our relationships, we spiral into despair, fearing the worst.
But when we do keep our minds set on Him, and we do completely trust in His sovereignty in all things, we have peace when things go wrong.
Our trials are only our trials because of how we respond to them. If our response is peace and trust that God is working all things for the good of those who love Him, then we really don't experience a trial. It's only a trial when we let the emotional experience overwhelm us. That's not to say your heart won't be broken when you encounter difficult situations or watch your loved ones make foolish decisions. God created us with emotions so that we could feel compassion and deep love for one another. It is incredibly painful when we lose something we treasure or love. But keeping our eyes fixed on Him returns us to the peace that surpasses all understanding, and can carry us through the most difficult of circumstances in a way that can minimize the trial.
Abraham teaches us how to find that peace - complete surrender of those things that consume our hearts. Complete surrender. Laying it down and trusting that God will work it out for the best.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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