Monday, December 11, 2006

Trust and Obey

A couple of months ago I lent my brother my Louie Giglio book "i am not, but i know I AM". I didn't think much of it until he put up a passage on his blog. Reading it brought the whole book back to me. I can't tell you how many times I've gone back to that post either to read it again for myself or to copy it and send it to a friend who really needs it.

So, here it is. Something to trust and obey from my good friend Louie:

Furious rest, you see, is not about doing nothing. It's about doing
everything we do with the quiet confidence that our lives, families, businesses,
ministries, relationships, and dreams are in His hands.

Maybe for you the circumstances are different, yet the weight is the
same. You know, the weight of trying to make yourself out to be bigger
than you are - of trying to figure out how to run your life on your own, of
always trying to determine the outcome, control the relationship, close the
deal, run the show, hold it all together, know the future, protect your
interest, build your kingdom - the weight of playing the role of God in your
life and the lives of those around you.

But be encouraged. Today is the Sabbath. Oh, it may not
literally be Sunday, but Sabbath is a state of mind and attitude of the
heart. Sabbath happens anywhere and everywhere we let go of the controls
and lay the cares of our lives at His feet.

So where is your future right now? Where is the outcome of your
pressing dilemma? Is it in your hands? Is it in the hands of the
businessman or woman on the other side of the table? Is it in the hands of
a boyfriend or girlfriend? Is it in the hands of a team of doctors?
Or is your life, and all that concerns you, in the hands of the God who
constructed the universe effortlessly in one week?

If you want more rest and less "stressed," declare this very moment to be
your Sabbath - the place where you pry your fingers off the circumstance and
people you are trying so desperately to control, the place you discover that
life really does work better in His hands instead of yours.

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Blogger Bryan said...

Isaiah 40
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

You saw that I blogged that passage on Nov. 16? It's actually weird because I was talking to a friend who's having a tough time last night. I read her Isaiah 40 over the phone and then emailed her the Louie quote.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

Subconsciously. I read it last night during devos and thought of you.

8:57 AM  

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