“Easy To Understand, Hard To Practice”
1 Peter 5:7 NLT
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
There are a lot of things in life that we find very easy to understand, but then they are difficult to put into practice. Often times we are given instructions to do something and, at first, the instructions seem simple. However, once we get into the nitty-gritty of actually following through, we come to find out that it’s more than we bargained for! It isn’t necessarily that we made a wrong choice per say, but we just definitely don’t understand how hard it is to actually follow through with certain things.
We all struggle with different situations, whatever they may be. We may think something sounds cool, but then when we actually jump in and start, we find out that it’s so much harder than we first thought. We honestly want things as easy as possible. I know I do! When we’re faced with instructions or obstacles that are hard, we tend to hesitate and try another way so that we can avoid any extra work or effort. As I said before, there are so many different scenarios that seem easy to understand up-front, but once we get going and try to follow through, we find ourselves having a hard time keeping up and actually committing to finishing.
This passage really hit me the other day as I pondered how hard it is for me to give all my worries and cares to God. I mean, it’s so simple to understand that we should give all of our worries and cares over to God. He wants us to leave those things at the Cross and to trust in Him. We know that. We’ve been taught this for so many years, yet we find ourselves struggling to do this each and every day. It’s so simple to say it and tell others we need to do it. But then actually following through and letting God take these things from us is a different story all together!
I have struggled for so much of life giving Him all my worries and cares and just letting Him be in control. I want to worry and fret and be anxious and stress about everything it seems! Well…..I really don’t want to, but by the way I live, it sure seems that way often! God doesn’t want us to hold on to these things and live with all these things burdening us. He wants us to give it all over to Him and trust that He will guide us through. He doesn’t want us carrying these things on our own. He wants us to give it all to Him.
This is so easy to understand, but very hard to put into practice. However, it is a daily challenge and learning experience as we grow in our faith and allow Him to take our worries and cares. Are we willing to give those up and actually follow through in letting Him be in control?
The ball is in our court. Are we going to give these things to God and let Him be in control?