Recently I read a quote that really got my attention. The author said, “The Christian life is easy, if you just let Him (God) do it.”
At first I was genuinely annoyed by this claim, to say the least. The Christian life, easy? Has this author ever read the stories of missionaries serving worldwide? Has he ever been in need without a way of knowing how the Lord would work things out? Has he ever looked at his children and wondered where their next meal would come from? He ever waited on God to do what seemed by all outside opinions to be nothing more than “impossible.”
In spite of my annoyance with this statement, I finished the entire book. And had many conversations with the Lord about what I’d learned. As I continued to pray about this life in Christ; I’ve come to realize that perhaps what the author meant could be summed up in just two verses of scripture.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 reads; “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you completely. And may your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.
Our Lord is faithful, and this means we can trust Him to do whatever He has called us to do; including remaining blameless, and withstanding every temptation that comes our way. We can trust our Lord; completely. And most of the time, trust begins with a single choice.
Have you noticed that everyday we choose to trust over and over again? You and I get into our cars, we turn the key, and trust that it’s going to start right up. We swipe our debit cards, and we trust that the transaction will go through. We dial a number and trust that our cell phone provider will deliver on their promises. Our lives are filled with opportunities to trust. And especially here in the United States, we flip a switch and trust that the lights will come on! But you know how frustrating it is when sometimes these things fail. Most of the time, we’re pretty gracious and accepting when they do. We understand that these are human things made by human hands.
Yet strangely, I know for me; I hesitate to trust completely in the One who never fails. In fact, He is the Only part of life that can be trusted 100 percent of the time.
I think now I realize what the author must have meant by the Christian life being “easy.” Choosing to trust in the Lord is an easy choice that we can prayerfully make every moment of each day; if we rely on His strength to do so and to carry us through. You and I know that He will not let us down, and that’s why even when we perceive that our Lord is too silent, too slow, too mysterious; we can still choose to trust and believe in His Word, His way and ultimately, in Him.
A dear friend of mine prays a simple prayer like this everyday; “Lord Jesus, I love you and I trust you. No matter what.” Amen