Sometimes life is frustrating and doesn’t go as planned.
Sometimes kids get sick, and pipes break and leak, a car won’t start or you don’t have enough money to cover your bills.
Life isn’t easy, but there are things that come easy to us: complaining, worrying, thinking the worst.
Phil. 4:8 teaches us how to think. It puts boundaries on our thought life. God never once had to tell us to think the worst: the worst about a person, their motives and intentions, unjust assumptions and judgements; the worst about a situation, the what-ifs in life. In our sinful state, we GO THERE automatically, as though our mind is on auto-pilot or cruise-control. Instead, He teaches us to train our minds to think things that are factual, esteemed, righteous, clean and pure, winsome, attractive, full of virtue, admirable or praiseworthy.
I am convinced that our natural, sinful thinking patterns are the VERY SAME patterns that keep us from loving God as we should.
You can’t really love someone who you think the worst about. It is true in human relationships and it is true with God. You can never have a close friendship with a woman who always assumes the worst about you, negatively judges your motives or is suspicious of you. That woman does not know HOW to love. (1 Cor. 13) so her own thought patterns about other people destroy her relationships with them.
And it is just the same with God.
We assume the worst about God, that he is out to punish us–just one slip up and he’s going to zap us—EVEN THOUGH He states that He is doing all things for our good and has shown us his good intentions by sacrificing his only beloved son for our sake.
We assume He is not trustworthy and fail to accept His will when life gets a little hard, although He promises that He’ll never leave us, will always protect us and is working out a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
If we refuse to accept God’s character on a daily basis, we can’t grow to love Him as we should. We can’t claim to “follow” someone we don’t know or trust properly. And for heaven’s sake, we’ll never have an ounce of rest or peace outside of a right, trusting, abiding relationship with Him. One where we’re prepared to rest in His sovereinty and goodness. Trust is hard for some women, and they’ll admit it. But when you fail to fully trust God, you do so to your own detriment.
A controlling woman is NOT a TRUSTING WOMAN.
A discontent woman is NOT a TRUSTING WOMAN.
A complaining woman is NOT a TRUSTING WOMAN.
Charles Spurgeon said, “I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.” These are not the words of some deluded old saint. These are the words of a man that know that the waves of life are under the control of a loving, personal God.
Thoughts and attitudes make all the difference in your day, your spiritual life and in the lives of others.
Some questions to ponder today:
- Are my thoughts and words causing others to praise God?
- Do my thoughts lead me to thankfulness and contentment, or am I headed down another road?
- Do my thoughts lead me to think lovely thoughts of others? God? Or are they making me disdain others and keeping me from loving other well. (1 Cor. 13)
- Are my thoughts righteous? Just? Honorable, or something that is degrading and beneath someone who claims the name of Christ?