Practicing Abandon

Originally posted on Facebook May 23, 2019

If I told you this step — God saying to forego salary and trust Him to provide — wasn’t frightening, I’d be lying.

The journey here has equipped me to stand pretty firm, but I still get distracted by thoughts, I still have moments of questions hitting me, I still wrestle to keep standing.

But I know all that’s expected of me is to keep standing, and keep stepping in obedience. Not eliminate all thoughts, questions, and fears; to go where God says even if it makes no sense, even if others come against it, even if it seems a profound risk.

“My Utmost For His Highest” today was timely:

“…do not worry about your life….” Don’t take the pressure of your provision upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief; worrying means we do not believe that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and it is never anything but those details that worry us. Have you ever noticed what Jesus said would choke the Word He puts in us? Is it the devil? No— “the cares of this world” (Matthew 13:22). It is always our little worries. We say, “I will not trust when I cannot see”— and that is where unbelief begins. The only cure for unbelief is obedience to the Spirit.
The greatest word of Jesus to His disciples is abandon.

Abandon seems reckless and foolish. But what am I really abandoning, in light of eternity? And how much more valuable is what I’m embracing?

Practice obedience and abandon to God today, and know God is God and God is good.




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