The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. Acts 17:24-25
Throughout the Bible, we are commanded to deal with our mindset by paying attention to what we focus on. This is where we get ourselves into trouble. We don't set our minds on anything, so it is free to drift towards whatever seems to deserve the most attention. When faced with a difficult decision or things we cannot control, we get consumed with pressure.
Sometimes this pressure comes from within, fueled by believing two destructive myths. First, we believe we can control more than we think. We get angry and frustrated by trying to control the things we can't. Then there is the "messiah" myth that leads us to believe we contribute more than we do: if we don't act, no one else will. If we don't spring into action, nothing will get solved. If we don't make the right decision, then everyone is doomed to failure.
Too often when we consider faith or trust, we tend to “wait and see” if God will do something. Then, and only then, will we respond to the things that He has done. We think of faith as "observe and decide," leaving us frustrated and paralyzed in our walk with God.
Why? Because He doesn't invite us to observe and decide, but rather to taste and see. Psalm 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him." Taste and see serves as an invitation to experience. We see not with our eyes, but with our being. We know He is good because we have experienced it.
God draws us to faith and trust in all things. Consider the words found in 2 Corinthians 5:7 where we are told to "walk by faith, not by sight." We are called to walk by faith, at the expense of seeing with our eyes. When the pressure is on us, we are not able to sit and observe. We have to step out and taste - then we will see.
When we walk with Him, we find Him to be a blessing to us as we take refuge in Him. So, step out in faith-- taste and see. We need a new perspective in those moments when pressure is consuming us. When we feel the weight of the world on our shoulders, and all we want to do is freak out or indulge in temptation, we must taste and see that Lord is good by casting our cares on Him.
Where do you feel the weight of the world placed on our shoulders?
What pressures are you facing? How can you tell whether they are internal or external pressures?
God, all too often I put the weight of the world on my shoulders. But, that is not what I was meant to bear. Instead of cracking under pressure, may I lay everything down at Your feet. In your name, Jesus. Amen.