June 24, 2013
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32
What lie are you believing?
Adjusting to life with four kiddos (one who only sleeps two hours at a time) has left me feeling overwhelmed these past few weeks. I tried to brace myself for those first few months of new motherhood: irregular schedule, little to no sleep, no regular quite time with the Lord. Yet this past weekend I found myself actually dreading the start of another day. Desperate for God to hear my concerns I turned to my prayer journal this morning.
"I'm tired, God. The baby requires so much of me that I have little left to give to our other three children. I can barely meet the needs of our kids, what about being there for my friends and for those in need? What if I miss out on what you called me to do because I'm so busy caring for our kids?"
And suddenly I realized . . . there it was in black and white.
A big. fat. lie.
This past Sunday my pastor preached about the end of King David's life as David commissioned his son Solomon to build God's temple. In 1 Chronicles 28:20 David says to Solomon, "Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord
God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. He will
see to it that all the work related to the Temple of the Lord is finished correctly."
Did you catch that last part? David tells Solomon, "Don't get discouraged . . . God will see to it that you accomplish all He has called you to do."
One of my biggest fears is that I will somehow fail to accomplish the work that God made me to do. I've experienced a taste of fulfilling God's call on my life and now I find my appetite for doing God's work insatiable. But as I captured my emotions on paper I suddenly realized that I've fallen for a lie. The word "fear" served as my first clue. Fear isn't from God. Lately I've feared that I would miss God's call because I am in a season where my children consume my every free moment. But Scripture reminds me that it isn't up to me to figure out how I'll ever fulfill God's call on my life. Yes, I must walk obediently with the Lord but God will see to it that I do all He has called me to do.
Clinging to Truth instantly set me free from my bitterness and allowed me to embrace the season in which God has me. As I reflected on other times of bitterness and resentment I realized those times all shared one thing in common--those were times when I had fallen for a lie.
The truth about lies is that they lead us to believe, to settle for something less than what God has promised us through His Word. Rather than believing that God will meet our needs from His glorious riches (Philippians 4:19), we believe the lie that we'll never be able to make ends meet. Rather than believing that God has plans to prosper us and not to harm us (Jeremiah 29:11), we believe the lie that life will never be full and rich without the ones we so dearly loved.
I could go on but my weary eyes are beginning to grow dim.
What lie are you believing? Allow me to encourage you to replace that lie with Truth. Visit www.biblegateway.com or one of the many other free Bible websites and perform a word search about that which concerns you most. Replace your lie with truth and then the truth will set you free.