I don’t know about you, but I think you’re probably a lot like me. You really believe that old phrase, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” We all think that somehow what we do can make a difference; that God needs our help to accomplish His work that we owe it to God to work hard for Him. And honestly, there are grains of truth in those thoughts. But it’s when I start to try to do “it” in my strength, instead of in God’s, that I get myself all messed up. And you would think that since I tend to fall into this trap so often I would know better. But no – as I just said — I fall into this trap way too often.
It certainly isn’t because I do not believe in the power of prayer or of God’s powerful presence in my life, but when some sort of crisis arises, what is my first inclination? I say, “Tell me what you want me to do and I’ll take care of it.” But I don’t direct that statement to God – it’s usually directed to my boss, or co-worker, or friend. Sometimes He doesn’t want me to do anything – just wait on His leading and let Him work in whatever the circumstance might be.
Several months ago, many of us here at Keswick put signs on our desks or near our computers which read: “Pray first, then work.” Way too often, I jump headlong into doing before I jump headlong into praying. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication… ” (Eph. 6:18). And Paul reminds us again in Phil. 4:6 to “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Now how simple is that? Bring EVERYTHING to Him – not just the big things, not just the hard things, not just the painful things – but EVERYTHING. And God, who cannot lie, God who is infinitely faithful to His Word, will take care of it. Period.
Lynn Randall is the Director of Human Resources at America’s KESWICK. She is active in her church and is a gifted planner and organizer. She has a real heart for people as evidenced by her care, concern and practical encouragement.