Sisters, I need to do some preaching and confessing, so I hope you are ready to do some Amen-ing. And my target audience? Me. Maybe you can benefit, too. But I need to have a stern talk with myself and remind me of a few truths. I am literally trembling with this message. It could be the coffee, true. But, I’m sure it’s the conviction of the Spirit and the overwhelming urgency I have to share with you the goodness of our God. You ready? Here we go!
Have you ever found yourself so mired down by a situation that you end up living in the details and not in the truth? That you replay words or “facts” in your head over and over again so they can make sense and you can get some closure? That you lose your joy in the everyday because you just HAVE to analyze and understand your every-stinkin’-circumstance?
I. Am. There.
Hi, my name is Missy Webb and for the last ten days (at least…ha!), I have been lost in details! And I want to encourage us to stop trying to figure it out and just plain get out instead. Get out of the pit of details and get into Truth. And here are a few things I think will help:
1) Chances are, you won’t figure this out. So, stop trying. I want to share a verse you’ve probably seen hundreds of times and point out a part that I have sometimes overlooked.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you in the right paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
Okay, are you with me? Did you see it? Yes, He WILL guide your paths. But don’t miss this: Do not rely on your own understanding. In other words, get your of your details, Sister! God says in Isaiah 55:9 that His ways and His thoughts are higher than ours. What do you think you will accomplish by living in your details instead of in His truth? I’ll tell you what I accomplished: Nothing! Unless you count the creation of a nice fog covering my eyes.
2) Even if you did “figure it out”, you couldn’t understand the big picture. Here is another of my favorite verses, not because of how we typically use it, but because of what I see in it:
And we know that all things come together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
Is it good that you broke your leg? No. Is it good that you are in a nasty break-up? No. Is it good that your husband lost his job? No. If we use this verse for making bad things good, we are going to get lost in the details. We will look for the good in the bad. And sometimes, bad is just plain bad. Here’s what it says to me: Since I am a Christian and I love Him, He is going to take every rotten thing, along with every great thing, and use that for His purpose. What is His purpose? Heaven. Eternity. Sisters, do not lose sight of that. It isn’t about our pleasure, or our understanding, or our details. It is about His Glory and His Purpose. How about an Amen on that truth???
3) You have to keep your faith. I know, I know. It’s cliche’ at times and said so often, we don’t even know what it means anymore. But if you really could understand your details, then what would be the point of faith?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
We have the free will to choose Him. I heard a Spirit-loving speaker, Beverly Ross, recently say that God gets a kick out of being chosen. If you understood the how and why of your details, God wouldn’t be a choice; He would be a given. Read that last sentence again and absorb it. Now, read on through Hebrews 11. Look at the people we learn about in the Bible and think about this: If Noah knew God would actually flood the earth, where was the faith in his obedience? If Abraham knew God wouldn’t actually have him kill his son, where was the faith in his obedience? And you. If you knew what God was going to do through/from/about your circumstances, where is the faith in your obedience?
Let me tell you something. Wait, scratch that. Let me tell ME something:
Though your hero has been dethroned, there is a true HERO that knows how to handle your grief. Though your friend said hurtful words that you can’t understand, there is a true FRIEND that understands your hurt. Though you have fears about finances or provision, there is a true PROVIDER who has everything you need. Though you feel unsettled, insecure, and confused, there is a COMFORTER that just wants to hold you in silence and peace. And, though you doubt your value and worth, there is a FATHER who knows exactly how many hairs are left after the strands slipped down the shower drain this morning.
The end is written, friends. I don’t HAVE to understand these details. These details are God’s, not satan’s. Let’s stop making them ours, and give them back to the King.
Do you have some details you just can’t understand? Do you want me to pray for you? Please know, I will not pray for your details. In fact, I don’t even want to know your details. But, I will pray for your heart. I love you so very much.