I got used to hearing that one.
For a while, it worked. I believed the little people with my DNA running through them. When they looked at me with those pouty, innocent eyes, I was putty in their hands.
I have soft spots for each of the Hobbs children.
When they were very small, I don’t know how, but they discovered that it took very little for Mommy to be moved by their charm and irresistible cuteness.
Notwithstanding, just like every other parent on planet earth, I know that young children have a tendency to lie.
It’s amazing, really.
You would think there was a “Liar University” secretly enrolling tots and teaching them how to be expert-level cons without their parents’ knowledge. But no such place exits. Folly is simply inbred.
Parents, how many times do your little munchkins break something or find ways to be disobedient, only to deny their guilt later?
Now that I am a more seasoned parent, I see straight through their thinly veiled deceptions. I also recognize a pattern. Typically, the untruths pour out of them in the face of fear. Rather than face the music, they try to manipulate reality in the hopes of tricking everyone around them.
Adults do it too.
Abraham, the Father of Faith, did.
In Genesis 20, when he was camping out in Gerar, he was terrified that his beautiful wife Sarah would awaken lust in King Abimelech. Abraham thought an attempt would be made on his life just steal his companion. So the fearful servant of God concocted a plan. He told his spouse not to disclose their marital state, but only to say that she was his sister.
Sarah obeyed and the King, in fact, took her.
But he didn’t know she was already taken. I mean, how could he? Abraham wasn’t exactly forthcoming. He didn’t trust God to protect him, so he used deception to keep himself out of harm’s way—something that nearly brought down God’s wrath upon Abimelech.
In a dream, the Lord appeared to this powerful monarch and told him the truth, since Abraham was too afraid to do it. By the time God revealed the real deal, that Sarah was actually married to the man she called her brother, King Abimelech wanted no parts of Sarah. He even questioned Abraham about why he didn’t just tell the truth in the first place!
Lack of trust causes all kinds of unnecessary drama and hardship, doesn't it?
Abraham didn’t have to go through that. He didn’t need to put himself through those emotional changes. God had it all under control. But he couldn’t see it.
Unfortunately, many individuals that say they believe God succumb to doubt and fear. As a result, they go into self-preservation mode. They try to manipulate people and circumstances in their favor, not realizing they already have God’s favor. They don’t have to do that other stuff.
God has it worked out.
Friend, He’s got you. Relax. Stop fretting. I know circumstances may not be ideal. More than a few things may be going wrong. In fact, you may be surrounded by problems with no solutions in sight. In moments like this, we all feel tempted to try something drastic and do what we think is best, without leaning on Jesus.
Don't do it.
As I often say, when you don’t rely on the Lord, you make a mess.
We all need Him to guide our footsteps and direct our paths. When God is leading and guiding you, despite potential dangers, pitfalls and obstacles that could come your way, you can rest assured that He'll take care of you. When trouble rises, you can count on God to arise and fight the battle for you. He has already equipped you to be victorious.
Refuse to get worked up thinking about worst-case scenarios and obsessing over negative variables.
God already knew what the situation would be like before you got into it. He anticipated all the problems before they manifested. Not only that, but He has a solution for every one of them.
Trusting Him is key.
So don’t make the mistake Abraham did and try to create a plan rooted in fear. That’s not the way to do things. Have faith in God's faithfulness.
He won’t let you down.
To encourage you today, I’m stirring the words God spoke to Israel through the Prophet Isaiah into your cup of inspiration.
Isaiah 41:13 NIV says, “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, ask yourself, "Why fear when God is my help?"
Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Then, the first part of verse 2 says, “Therefore we will not fear…”
When you know who you are and whose you are, you have no need to worry.
Place your confidence in God.
You can count on Him to deliver, set free, make ways and deliver with a mighty and outstretched hand.
Now let’s pray.
God, please help me not to allow fear to choke out my faith. In all I go through, I want to keep my focus upon You, my deliverer, strong tower and very present help in trouble. In the midst of trials, I choose to place all my confidence in You, oh Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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