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Just give it to God

Easier said than done?

I often hear it said, in times of hardship and trials, "Just give it to God." Regrettably, this common phrase, though simple in appearance, frequently produces in itself the unanswered question of "How?" I am not convinced in my ability to answer this enigmatic question without creating even more confusion on the subject than already exist. Still, maybe with a little gleaning from God's word, I can shed a light, or at the least, leave you with a murky clue.

BE IN THE HABIT OF KNOWING HIM


I found what I believe to be part of the answer in the Lord's Prayer. Jesus said, "when you pray, say, Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation (Luke 11:2-4)." Did you see it? It's short, but direct. He said, "Give us each day our daily bread." He did not teach them to say, "Fill us once and for all" or "feed us when we choose not to feed ourselves." He said the complete opposite. He said, "Give us each day." This is paramount, not only in our relationship with God, but also in our relationships with everyone. Our ability to surrender our burdens over to another begins with a relationship built on trust. Coming before God daily, and making Him a part of all our needs, develops this relationship. Equally so, consider the words of Paul: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present you requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)" and "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:17)." It's important to point out here that Paul makes a powerful connection between being joyful and at peace, with praying continually. It is often found in our 'one on one' moments, in every relationship, the building blocks of happiness. This allows us to open up and let ourselves be known; more importantly, it allows us to know those of whom we choose to relate. A joyful heart, a strengthened spirit, and knowing God makes handing our burdens over so much easier. For this reason 'Giving it to God' must begin with a daily relationship of trust, expressed through a habitual bending of the knees. Now, in all joy, I encourage you to get to know Him, who desires to know you.

BE IN THE HABIT OF LETTING HIM


Another clue to the baffling nuance of giving it to God can be found in the story of the Israelites and the Manna (Exodus 16). The Lord tells Moses in verse 4 "I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day(vv 4-5)." Then in verses 19 – 20 we see "'No one is to keep any of it until morning' However, ome of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell…" God was trying to teach the Israelites to trust in Him daily, to not lean on their own abilities, but on His. Unfortunately, the Israelites only wanted to trust Him periodically, only when they weren't able to help themselves. However, this is not God's design. It isn't enough to merely know that God can provide. We need to let Him provide. You can see this faith and trust lived out in the life of Noah (Genesis 6), who, by faith, built an ark that was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. I read somewhere that the inside storage capacity was large enough to store 550 modern day railroad cars. Nevertheless, what needs to pointed out regarding the Ark is that it had no sails and no oars. Nor did it have any rudder that would help guide Noah and his family across the stormy sea. There was no safety rafts attached to the side for any of those 'just in case' situations. If you think about it, from a worldly point of view, that is, Noah built a 450,000 square foot, 14,000-ton coffin. However, regardless of its doubtful appearance, Noah at no time tried to change the original design set forth by God. Noah was obedient to God's design and allowed himself to be sealed in with no way out. Noah did not only know God could move, guide, protect, and land the Ark in safety. He let God move, guide, protect, and land the ark in safety. Now, in all trustfulness, I encourage you to surrender yourself to God's design and let Him tend to your needs.

"Giving it to God" isn't something we do only when we need to rise above our trials; Rather, it's a day-to-day lifestyle that provides us with the trust and strength needed to rise above our trials. So, get into the habit of knowing God, and get into the habit of letting God. Then, maybe, when trials and hard times come, we will never have to ask the enigmatic question "How?" when some one tells us to "Just give it to God."  [mp]

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