“I did not require the people of Israel to look for me in a desolate waste. I am the Lord, and I speak the truth; I make known what is right.” Isaiah 45:19
Do you blame God for your wasted years of misspent opportunities? Even if He has turned the past with its disappointments and distress into a time you can now look back on as a time where He gave you chances to discover Him. He always provided ample direction in the guidelines of the Bible to save us from the pitfalls and ungodly swamps we have chosen.
Few of us listened to his advice or pursued His purpose for our lives. The consequences of our own bad decisions have caused many of us to learn the hard way. We can only blame ourselves, even if extenuating circumstances played a part.
The ‘Good News’ is we don’t need to remain in a desolate waste; think of being redeemable, of being used by God. When we offer the rubbish accumulation of our lives to Him, and apply for a new way of living through Jesus, God is ready, willing and able to guide us on His Way of living.
Come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you. 2 Corinthians 6:17
Recovery from wasted years is a slow process that requires us to dedicate our lives afresh to Him and discard our thoughts of uselessness. We need to stop wasting our God-given opportunities and allow Him to work in and through our lives to make what He can from our waste products.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34
Worry! Worry! Worry! That is how I used to live my life. I believed whatever could go wrong would go wrong and there was nothing I could do about it.
That’s not how I live my life anymore. Because I learned to rely on God and to lean on Him. I learned to live ‘One Day at a time.’ And, to trust that whatever tomorrow (an the next day) have in store for me if I approach it in His strength and seek His guidance for it He will work it out. Not always easy! It takes time and it takes practice. At times I still try to do things in my own strength. Which usually don’t work out till He says to me “Okay you tried, now watch me.”
Relying on God does not mean ‘do nothing!’ It means do the best you can with what you have and leave the outcomes in God’s hands.
The ‘Serenity Prayer.’ starts with the words “God grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I cannot change.” Stop worrying about things you cannot change and put your efforts into the things you can. That way God can get on with the job of sorting out the things you have no control over.
- What are you worrying about today?
- Is there anything you can do to change it?
If not ‘Let Go’ of it and ‘Let God’ Deal with it.
Prayer Lord help me today not to worry about things over which I can’t change and put my efforts into the things I can.
My troubles turned out all for the best—they forced me to learn from your textbook. Truth from your mouth means more to me than striking it rich in a gold mine. If we get this straight now, we won’t have to be straightened out later on. Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later. Distress that drives us to God does that. It turns us around. It gets us back in the way of salvation. We never regret that kind of pain. But those who let distress drive them away from God are full of regrets, end up on a deathbed of regrets.