The Sustainer

Sometimes this life here on earth can beat us up – it can sicken our spirits and weary our bodies and damage our minds. It can leave us feeling completely helpless, frustrated, or worn out.

But we are not alone in this world. Jesus promised us that we never would be, and He also promised that He will always be there to be everything we need, even if that means He sometimes comes through for us in ways we never expected or asked for.

His ways may not be yours, but in Him there is no lack.

Are you a planner, like me? Maybe you like your life to fit inside a schedule or play out exactly as you hope it will?

If your answer is yes to either of those, I can easily relate. But have you ever thought that prioritizing those desires can sometimes lead to not walking in God’s will or to disobedience, even at times when they seem harmless? Self-improvement, objectives, and indemnity can’t be bad things, right? Well, that’s only if they are within God’s will, instead of us just going ahead and following a path that we cut out for ourselves. The Bible tells us that man’s own ideas are fruitless.

“The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile.” – Psalm 94:11 (NKJV)

“There are many plans in the man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel- that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV)

You might find that you choose to follow His will and then suddenly, you’re not going in the direction you thought you were going to go. But you can trust in Him to guide you and truly satisfy you. There is no one and nothing else that will. And because of that, tomorrow is something we have to just give to the Lord. We need to live one day at a time, living for Him and living through Him. Finding all we need in Him. We will gain peace in handing everything over to him, in letting go of control, because if we stop and think about it, it was never ours to keep anyways.

He is in control.

The reality is that none of us have ever had anything under control, even when we might have thought that we did. I’ve learned this lesson a few times (slow learner over here), and sometimes I still must realize it again. I’ve chased after perfection and been hooked by false ideas of ‘how to be happy’. I’ve strived to make myself better, to reach my goals, to take control. It’s because of those reasons that the truth – that I have absolutely no sway over what happens – was hard for me to grasp, and something I still need to be reminded of very often.

But the wonderful thing is that we can know the One who is in control. Your future, what lies ahead of you, your wellbeing, the people you’ll meet and the people you already know, where you’ll be in ten years’ time – all these things are in God’s hands. We don’t have to store up treasure here on earth, to try and secure our own comfort. This world is temporary, and He’s making a home for us in a place we can only dream of! So why are we still attracted by the idea of insurance? We want to make sure bad things don’t happen to us in the time to come, we want to arrange safety and good things for ourselves, and we like to rely on ourselves. But the Bible warns us of the vanity of thinking that we can do any of those things.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.” – Matthew 6:19 (NKJV)

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” – James 4:13-15 (NKJV)

We can’t know what will happen in the next hour, or week, or year. He holds everything in His hands and is outside of time – only He knows.

He is infinite and supreme.

“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” – Job 38:4-7 (NKJV)

Sometimes, I’ve got to wonder…who are we to think we can plan anything out? We are so small, but we don’t always realize that. Often people like to look to themselves, but the Creator of the universe is always ready to be depended upon! With words He commanded our very existences, and yet we think that we know what we can prevent or allow, come the next sunrise? He’s got us! And His plans are so much better than ours.

He has good plans for you.

Not only is He completely and utterly in charge of this world and all that happens within it, He also has only goodness and mercy and truth to offer us. He is a Father who loves, nurtures, and cares. He cares for you so much and thinks of you continually (Psalm 139:16-17).

How amazing is that thought? This is the God who is too holy and awesome for anyone to even look at His face, the God who set earth spinning, the God who knitted together every single person that ever lived while they were still in their mothers’ wombs! He cares for you and wants to look after you.

 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” – Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)

He says He’ll look after you, and He fulfils all of His promises.

He will sustain you.

You don’t have to keep wrestling, or hustling, or stressing, or pushing hard and counting on yourself or other people. You have a God who wants all of you, and wants to love all of you, to take you into His arms and whisper love to you.

He is the Sustainer. Run to Him, and He will aid you. Lean on Him, and He will uphold you. Rest in Him, and He will carry you.

He will see you through.

“Even to your old age, I am He, and even to gray hairs I will carry you! I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” – Isaiah 46:4 (NKJV)

 

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