GIVE IT TO GOD

GIVE IT TO GOD

Have you ever received bad news?  News that keeps you up at night and distracts you during the day?  I am sure the answer is yes, because we all have. Perhaps you are dealing with something right now that has led to distress in your life.

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:………………

Maybe you have heard someone say about your situation, “Give it to God.”  Sounds simple right?  Maybe you have even tried to “Give it to God” only to find yourself dwelling on the issue once again.  Here are some takeaways from the following scripture that should help.

1 Peter 5:6-10
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

HUMILITY IS ESSENTIAL

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God,

Oh how trials are humbling.  They teach us our dependence upon God.  They remind us of how much we really need Him.  If we are to have any peace in the midst of trials, we must humble ourselves.  The mighty hand of God in verse 6 represents His sovereign control over the matter.  God is all powerful and all knowing.  He knew about the trial before it started and He has control over it.

Unfortunately, we are not naturally humble.  Therefore, trials turn us to a position of remembering God’s sovereignty.  If we are to “Give it to God” we must believe that God is sovereign.

HE CARES FOR YOU

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Once we recognize God’s sovereignty over the trial we must recognize that God cares about you.  He is not out to harm you.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

We must remember that God is good all of the time.

Psalm 27:13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

If we are to “Give it to God” we must believe that He cares for us and that He is good.

YOU HAVE AN ADVERSARY

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Do not forget that you have an adversary that would love to convince you that God is against you.  He would love to convince you that God is not good and you cannot trust Him.  He may not confront you himself during a trial, but he does not have to.  Anyone that is not under the leading of the Holy Spirit may very well be spewing lies that Satan has spread.  Anything or anyone that contradicts the promises found in the word of God is not of God.  When you are in the midst of a trial you will be tempted to believe the lies.  That is why we must be vigilant in guarding our thoughts.

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Everything you know to be true about God you must cling to tightly.  Otherwise, you will have trouble “Giving it to God.”

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

It is tempting to believe that you are the only one suffering.  You may think that you have it worse than others or that nobody understands.  This is not true and the lie is designed to get you to believe that nobody can empathize with you.  Jesus himself can empathize:

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Empathy is not about having the exact same experience.  It is about someone putting themselves in the shoes of another person. True empathy is when someone cares about a person and they participate in the suffering of another.  Jesus empathizes with us. Because Jesus suffered so greatly He understands our suffering.  We can “Give it to Him” because of this fact.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Also, do not reject the bretheren that would attempt to empathize with you.  When we say, “no one understands” we have given into self-pity.  Sure the circumstances may be different, but Christ and your brethren have suffered as well.  It is a gift from God to have others bear our burdens with us.  God’s people are often a source God uses to help lighten the load that you carry. Do not let pride hinder someone’s attempt to help.

GOD OF ALL GRACE

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

Whatever problem you have, God has enough grace to help.

Hebrews 4:14-16
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Here is where the rubber meets the road.  God wants us to depend upon Him.  He offers His grace, but if we continue to keep taking it back we are left to deal with our problem on our own power until we finally are willing to receive grace.  God offers His grace, we should take Him up on it and “Give it to God.”

 

 

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